Tag: electrical wiring

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Crazy biting ants in your car
Sep 03, 2015

Today: Your Crazy Ant

Kieran Lindsey

Disclaimer: Our wildlife biologist does not have any tips for surviving a visit from your mom’s wacko sister. But she can help with the six-legged variety.

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MIG welding on a truck
May 05, 2015

Today: MIG Welding an Older Truck?

Dear Car Talk

Car Talk's advice for MIG welding: get the right eye protection, and try not to set your car, your house or your hair on fire. Read the rest, right here.

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Car won't start after driving cross country
Jul 16, 2013

Did a Loose Ground Ground Charlie's Ford Escape?

Dear Car Talk

Charlie took his Ford Escape on a cross-country trip and after stopping for gas on the way back, it refused to start back up. They had it towed to a service station where it miraculously started and behaved just fine for the rest of the trip. Now Charlie's wondering what went wrong and if it will happen again. Read Tom and Ray's advice for Charlie, right here.

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is a burning smell from the steering column a serious problem
Oct 24, 2012

Today: Car Fires on the Horizon

Dear Car Talk

Judy's turn signal malfunctioned and when it did she saw a wisp of smoke coming out of her Ford Explorer's steering column. She's worried that if she ignores the problem, the whole car will eventually go up in flames. Find out what Tom and Ray recommend right here.

turn signals electrical wiring

Can turn signals work intermittently
Nov 29, 2011

Is it possible for turn signals to fail intermittently?

Dear Car Talk

The blinkers on Terry's beat-up 1995 Volvo 850 have stopped working for her...but they still work for her husband! Is this a case of failed electronics or operator error?

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Nov 04, 2011

Copper Theft: Are EV Charging Stations the Next Target?

Jim Motavalli

Copper thieves cost the nation as much as $1 billion a year, and the electric grid infrastructure is one of their biggest targets. What's going to happen when copper-rich charging cables for public EV charging stations are located out in plain sight?

electrical wiring

What does a coil wire do
Sep 01, 2011

Today: Eli and the impudent coil wire.

Dear Car Talk

Hi My name is Eli and I have a quick question for you I live in North Carolina I'm a teenager and I am a mechanic's assistant I've been working in the shop for about a month now so I'm...

electrical wiring

what could make the turn signals act differently with different drivers
Nov 01, 2010

Is Sutton's 2003 VW Jetta sentient?

Dear Car Talk

My 2003 VW Jetta hates my husband. Granted, he deserves it. He drove my car over a traffic island and messed up the wheel rims; he tore out the oil pan and then drove till the engine seized up; and he...

turn signals electrical wiring

How long should a car battery last unused
Aug 01, 2010

Why's the battery in Tim's VW dying such a sudden death?

Dear Car Talk

I purchased a new 2010 VW CC, and the car has 5,000 miles on it. During a long weekend, I left the car unused for four days, and the battery died. There were no lights on or external power drains. On Tuesday...

batteries electrical wiring

Jun 01, 2008

Tom and Ray help one reader get "Sirius" about a radio problem.

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1997 Ford Aspire, and I can't plug in my Sirius Satellite Radio adapter because my car lighter does not work. I changed all the fuses -- and got some other stuff working, but not the cigarette lighter. What...

electrical wiring