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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

Feb 01, 1997

Did we destroy our car by dropping a test thermometer in the radiator opening?

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My husband was checking the anti-freeze in our ' Cadillac and he accidentally dropped the test thermometer into the radiator opening The bulb was floating at the top but he was having trouble removing it So trying to be helpful...

radiators

Jan 01, 1997

What does an oxygen sensor do and I how can I keep it from causing a smog test failure again?

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Please tell me what an oxygen sensor is I failed my smog test last month apparently because of a faulty oxygen sensor They termed me a gross polluter Can you imagine My car is LeBaron with only miles on it...

sensors emissions

Jan 01, 1997

You need a new mechanic to fix your carburetor problem -- one with some gray hair.

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Guys can you help a damsel in distress I've had this Chevrolet Caprice Classic running just fine for miles with only minor repairs I have a great mechanic who's scratching his head about the problem my car now has I...

carburetors

Jan 01, 1997

Sputtering, lurching and backfiring. So many things could cause this, but we'd start with the sensors.

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I have a Nissan ZX turbo with miles When I start the car up on cold mornings there is a loud tapping noise for a few seconds even though the engine idles smoothly When I drive it it sputters and...

sensors diagnostics

Jan 01, 1997

What can I do if I think my dealer is trying to wait out my extended warranty that expires in 800 miles?

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Help My extended warranty expires in miles and I can't seem to convince the Toyota dealership that there is actually anything wrong with the transmission on my ' Celica GT Liftback Recently in the last six months I've noticed that...

transmissions dealers warranties

Jan 01, 1997

Different columnists are recommending different tire air pressures -- who's correct?

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A while back you guys told a reader not to inflate his tires to psi the maximum allowable printed on the sidewall You guys said instead to use psi the pressure recommended by the manufacturer in the owner's manual The...

air pressure

Jan 01, 1997

Where could I find a gas cap for a 1961 Plymouth Valiant?

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My wife is very upset with me because I lost the gas cap from her Plymouth Valiant She doesn't drive the car because it doesn't have power steering But it has great sentimental value because her mother drove it for...

auto parts used cars

Jan 01, 1997

I dropped a driveshaft on my brand new Ford Ranger on the way home from the dealership!

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On September after years of deliberation I decided to purchase my first new vehicle a white Ford Ranger extended cab pickup -- automatic -liter engine and rear ABS About two miles from the dealership I brake fairly hard to slow...

warranties Ford Ranger

Jan 01, 1997

Why have manufacturers put hotter thermostats in their engines?

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Why have automobile manufacturers put hotter thermostats in their engines The old thermostats used to be - degrees Now they're or degrees hotter than that Why would they do this It's fairly common knowledge that heat is the worst enemy...

thermostats