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Nosey Device or Noisy Relay?

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Dear Car Talk | Nov 16, 2017

That "tracking device" sound is probably just a noisy blend door.

noises Honda Civic 2011

Aug 01, 1996

Pinging and knocking during pre-ignition could involve a number of systems. Here's where to begin looking.

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I have a Honda Accord Lxi which knocks and pings when it is under load unless I use super premium gas What's actually going on when it does this What is pinging -- Kenny RAY I asked my -year-old son...

noises diagnostics carbon buildup

Aug 01, 1996

How can I remove rusty drums when brute force and solvents don't work?

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I have a Lincoln Town Car with miles on it I used your suggestion of several months ago for separating the rusty wheels from the drums Loosening the lug nuts slightly and hitting the brakes hard while driving slowly did...

rust wheels brakes

Aug 01, 1996

Can I put bumberstickers on my rear window?

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I have a question about rear-window defrosters If I put some kind of window sticker over those little wires on my rear window will it do any harm to the defroster or will it melt the sticker Is it OK...

defrosters windows

Aug 01, 1996

What kind of oil do you recommend for an old Beetle?

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My question is about oil I already know that the numbers such as W are a measure of the oil's viscosity at low and high temperatures I just inherited a VW Bug It is of great sentimental value to me...

oil

Aug 01, 1996

Is it safe to smoke a pipe in an airbag equipped car?

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Is there any inherent danger in pipe smoking and driving a car with air bags Could a person survive the accident yet receive serious injury from having the pipe jammed down his throat -- Richard TOM Absolutely If you happen...

airbags safety

Aug 01, 1996

Advice on how to stop a runaway vehicle.

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We need a favor Some time ago you printed a letter about a runaway vehicle and you gave some advice about how to stop a runaway We clipped the article but lost it Our boss says you should turn off...

emergencies

Jul 01, 1996

Difference between "remanufactured" and "rebuilt" auto parts?

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I recently needed a new alternator for my Chevy When I asked about getting a rebuilt alternator it was recommended that I purchase a remanufactured alternator instead There is a substantial price difference the remanufactured one is more expensive Are...

auto parts

Jul 01, 1996

How is it that coolant, aka "anti-freeze", can protect against both hot and cold temperatures?

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This is not really a car question but it has to do with a car It will help you to know that I'm from Canada where winters are very cold My husband kept running away then I met this great...

science coolant

Jul 01, 1996

Going through coolant like crazy but my garage floor doesn't show signs of leaks. Am I burning it?

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I'm a retired oldster and I drive a Chrysler LeBaron with a turbo I bought it new and it now has miles Shopping doctoring and occasional visiting are my only driving activities and I'm now using my neighborhood garage and...

leaks coolant