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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

Dec 01, 1996

Smoke in the heater vents and the smell of coolant? Sounds like a leaky heater core.

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I own a Chrysler LeBaron When I first start the car smoke comes out of the heater vents This doesn't happen every time but when it does there's also a strange odor Do you have any idea what this might...

leaks smoke

Dec 01, 1996

Engine races when car is partially warmed up and restarted.

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Ford Taurus It has a problem which has baffled the mechanics at my Ford dealer When the car is partially warmed up and is restarted after having been off for a while the engine races And it only does this...

sensors

Dec 01, 1996

Shaking during uphill acceleration. If not a front-end problem, what is it?

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I have a Suburban with approximately miles on it When we accelerate up hills usually going between and mph the front end of the vehicle shakes violently We have taken the vehicle to our authorized dealer and they can't find...

front-ends engines

Dec 01, 1996

What about preemptively replacing this used Isuzu Trooper engine BEFORE it wears out?

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really clean Isuzu Trooper LS with miles I've since had what I think is a brainstorm Instead of waiting around for inevitable major engine problems to develop why not consider buying a remanufactured engine now and avoid all that piece-by-piece...

engines

Dec 01, 1996

Why aren't cars using better gear ratios for better gas mileage...or are they?

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Since everyone is complaining about cars getting poorer gas mileage with the recent raising of speed limits why don't manufacturers start using better gear ratios in cars so the engines are turning slower while the cars go faster -- Frank...

fuel economy

Dec 01, 1996

Is the clutch pedal really unnecessary when shifting?!

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Ranger that I use for delivering this newspaper I often allow my friend Vinnie to drive it I noticed that he does not use the clutch pedal when he drives He says that it is unnecessary When I asked some...

driving tips clutches

Dec 01, 1996

All about all-aluminum engines.

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I really need your expertise on this one My question is about the all- aluminum engines found in many of the American and import cars sold today Are the all-aluminum engines as good as cast-iron-block or all-cast-iron engines Also does...

engines

Dec 01, 1996

Is it a problem that most luxury cars haven't yet implemented front-wheel drive technology?

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I am starting to shop for a luxury automobile For the past years I have owned front-wheel-drive cars All the major luxury brands now have old rear-wheel-drive technology My understanding is that FWD is the better technology both for saving...

front-wheel drive rear-wheel drive

Dec 01, 1996

Stalling in the rain...caused by any number of things.

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in good condition But after it sits in a large downpour it stalls suddenly in traffic Now I don't drive it after a rainstorm Do you know what my problem may be Thank you -- Mary RAY Did Oldsmobile sell...

diagnostics