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A Story of a Moron and His New Blue Lights

Tim Cotton

Tim Cotton | Oct 20, 2017

"No, I did not misuse the blue lights in order to take a parking space. At least not intentionally." 

law enforcement

Sep 01, 1995

No, your car should NOT start in Drive.

Dear Car Talk

I have a Toyota Corolla that starts in Park Neutral AND Drive It was my understanding that cars are only supposed to star in Park or Neutral not Drive Is this something I should worry about Or is it just...

safety

Sep 01, 1995

Why is there no manual override for electric windows?

Dear Car Talk

Can you please tell me why cars with electric windows don't have a bypass control to open a window when the ignition is turned off If my husband stops for gas and happens to remove the key I have to...

windows

Sep 01, 1995

Was this burned out clutch caused by its foreign moniker or by towing a boat?

Dear Car Talk

It was very reassuring to learn from your booklet Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car Without Even Knowing It that I'm doing a lot of the right things to keep my car in good condition I hope you...

clutches towing

Sep 01, 1995

An advertisement for the new Cadillac claims that the car...

Dear Car Talk

An advertisement for the new Cadillac claims that the car is capable of travelling miles without engine damage even if it lost all of its coolant The Cadillac saleman said that this is the result of a sophisticated system that...

Sep 01, 1995

Could removing the "gappers" from your spark plugs increase power and gas mileage?

Dear Car Talk

I drive an old about years Chevy which gets terrible gas mileage Someone at work mentioned once that he had as an experiment removed the gappers from his spark plugs and that by doing so he had increased both the...

spark plugs

Sep 01, 1995

When should I be engaging the 4WD on my Ford Explorer?

Dear Car Talk

With winter driving conditions upon us I need to have a difference of opinion settled I have a four wheel drive Ford Explorer The four wheel drive should be a plus in hazardous driving conditions such as ice However whenever...

4WD

Sep 01, 1995

What's the shelf life for an unopened can of motor oil?

Dear Car Talk

Can you tell me anything about the shelf life of unused motor oil By circumstance I have inherited unopened quarts and I can't help but wonder if the additives contained therein may have broken down over time in the can...

oil

Sep 01, 1995

Get that front-end shimmy looked at by a mechanic...pronto.

Dear Car Talk

I have a ' Capri At about mph on a left turn the front end shimmies It doesn't shimmy at any other time It seems that the right front dips down when it happens and the right front shock seems...

front-ends

Aug 01, 1995

Do mice prefer Mazdas over Jeeps?

Dear Car Talk

Recently I noticed my Mazda RX- was not accelerating properly When I took the car into the dealership the service manager told me that the fuel injection system was apparently stuffed with bird seed and dog food which I keep...

wildlife