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Just Say 'No' to Rustproofing

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Dear Car Talk | Dec 12, 2017

Think twice before purchasing rustproofing for your new-ish car.

rust buying Toyota Corolla 2015

Aug 01, 1989

How do you know if your mechanic is honest?

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Is there anyway to learn without spending a lot of money whether your mechanic is competent and honest Karl RAY Well you can test for dishonesty without spending any money For instance if your mechanic's valet answers the phone and...

mechanics

Aug 01, 1989

What do oil ratings stand for?

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I recently bought a used Corvette and I have a question about oil I looked at oil in the supermarket the other day and found that Pennzoil comes as W- with SG SF CC and CD ratings What do they...

oil industry

Aug 01, 1989

Is Brian's carburetor float a sinker of a floater?

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I have a MGA with twin SU carbs The engine is kept in perfect tune or as perfect as a British engine can get yet I've had one problem for a year and a half If the car is allowed...

carburetors MG 1959

Aug 01, 1989

Should you only use high octane gas in your sports car?

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I am considering buying a Lotus Super Seven I understand this is a high performance car that requires octane gas Unfortunately I live in a very high elevation where the highest octane gas available is I would greatly appreciate your...

Jun 01, 1989

Finding the source of an elusive clutch fluid leak...

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MY DAUGHTER'S S BLAZER HAS A STANDARD TRANSMISSION IT STARTED LOSING CLUTCH FLUID REGULARLY ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO NO ONE HAS FOUND ANY EVIDENCE OF A LEAK SHE THINKS I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT CARS IF YOU COULD...

clutches leaks

Jan 01, 1989

Is that sound coming from a battery...or the factory-installed poltergeist package?

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I have a Datsun pickup truck I was driving too fast on a dirt road and hit a pot hole hard enough to bounce the truck Seconds after landing the accelerator pedal became stuck causing momentary panic until I realized...

batteries

Jan 01, 1989

Cheapskate brother vs. smart brother

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I have a Oldsmobile Delta with an erratic fuel gauge The local Lincoln-Mercury dealer where I bought the car used has replace both the sending unit and the dash gauge to no avail I have also added a ground wire...

electrical wiring

Jan 01, 1989

Preventative Peugot maintenance: C'est la vie!

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We just bought an ' Peugeot SW Wagon The dealership we bought it from is small family owned and responsive We got a good deal we think and we love our new wagon It's safe we think has a third...

repairs Peugeot

Jan 01, 1989

When is it a good idea to swap cars with your mechanic?

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I own a Volkswagen Quantum It now has miles on it and has been a very reliable car Since it was a year or two old the car has had difficulty starting whenever the outside temperature is less than degrees...

fuel injection winter