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That Faulty Air Bag Light Requires a Scan

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Dear Car Talk | Nov 23, 2017

Don't ignore or tape over this one, even if you have a helmet handy.

airbags Honda Accord 1996

Mar 01, 1997

Help! It sounds like someone's rolling marbles around my car's rear tire area.

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Help My Toyota Tercel with almost miles has developed a strange scratching noise in the rear-tire area Sometimes it sounds like marbles pebbles or ball bearings are rolling around intermittently hitting against metal or plastic There's no real pattern Some...

wheels tires noises

Mar 01, 1997

After new belts and tensioners, I'm still hearing a "tick-tick-tick".

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I have a Chevy Cavalier with a -liter four-cylinder engine and a three-speed transmission It makes a loud ticking noise--a fast tick tick tick tick The dealer has replaced belts and lifters It doesn't make the noise constantly but the...

oil pumps noises

Mar 01, 1997

What's the skinny on these $400 tune-ups that auto dealers offer?

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I need your help I know this is a very basic question but I hope you'll answer it anyway I drive a Honda Civic four-door great car knock on wood I haven't had a lick of trouble with it outside...

maintenance dealers

Mar 01, 1997

My Ford Escort feels too fast for me. Can you recommend something smaller?

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I am driving a Ford Escort It's a nice car but I find it is too fast for me Can you recommend a smaller car with the lowest possible horsepower and good brakes --Jeanne RAY Wow Jeanne This is the...

horsepower

Mar 01, 1997

Will frequent windshield wiper use wear down the windshield?

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My father is always telling me to turn my windshield wipers down or off whenever possible He says they will wear into the windshield glass especially at high speed Is this true -- Jessica TOM Your father is an unmitigated...

wipers windshields

Mar 01, 1997

Does my husband have to slow down to below 40 mph before flipping on the AC?

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It seems there are two schools of thought mine and my husband's on when the air conditioner can be turned on with the engine running I say it can be turned on at any speed He says you need to...

air conditioning

Mar 01, 1997

My Mazda's accelerator pedal sticks in cold weather.

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My Mazda now has miles on it When the engine is cold no matter what the outside temperature the accelerator pedal sticks until I stomp on it -- with a certain amount of force -- after the engine is running...

throttles

Mar 01, 1997

When are you supposed to check your oil, when the engine is warm or when it's cold?

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When are you supposed to check your oil when the engine is warm or when the engine is cold --Paul TOM That's an excellent question Paul We've always told people to check the oil level first thing in the morning...

oil

Feb 01, 1997

How can I improve the horsepower of my Caravan...souping up the engine? Engine replacement?

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I am the owner of a Dodge Caravan which I bought new The car is in excellent shape with only miles on it The only problem which has been present ever since it was new is the -liter four-cylinder engine...

horsepower Dodge Caravan