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Piston Slap: Feelin’ Cross About Tall Cross Bars!

<img data-attachment-id="1665210" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20180924-223249.png" data-orig-size="920,668" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2019 Buick Enclave Roof Rack" data-image-description=" Image: Buick ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20180924-223249-450×327.png” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20180924-223249-610×443.png” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1665210″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20180924-223249-610×443.png” alt=”2019 Buick Enclave Roof Rack, Image: Buick ” width=”610″ height=”443″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20180924-223249-610×443.png 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20180924-223249-75×54.png 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20180924-223249-450×327.png 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20180924-223249-768×558.png 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20180924-223249-120×87.png 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20180924-223249.png 920w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Steve writes: Hello Sajeev, I am a family […]

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Piston Slap: Single DIN + Multiple Options = Serious Improvement for Cheap?

Ted writes: In your suggested fixes to a 200,000-mile BMW, you mentioned better aftermarket radios. That got me interested! I’m buying a 1989 Porsche 944 turbo with about 10 problems and the radio ain’t one. (The price? 6,500 Canuckian pesos!) As I fix it up for my own long-term use, however, I want to understand […]

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Piston Slap: An Emissions Digression, Dodging Diverted Air?

TTAC Commentator Nate writes: I’m working on a 1979 Dodge D200 with 360CID V8 4BBL carbureted engine, automatic trans, A.I.R. pump, EGR valve, and charcoal canister for the fuel tank hydrocarbons. The underhood factory decal says “California Medium Duty Emissions” and it has no catalytic converter from new. So here’s my situation: All hoses, pipes etc. […]

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Piston Slap: Leaking Like a…Santa Fe?

Luke writes: I have an ’09 Hyundai Santa Fe, 3.3L, with 117,000 km (73,000 miles). It’s losing oil from a leaking timing chain cover gasket at a rate of one litre per 1,400 km or so. The repair is estimated to be around $1,500. We have this vehicle because we have three young children (ages […]

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Piston Slap: The Times They Are a-Changin’

TTAC Commentator NoChryslers writes: Enjoy the website very much… so here are some questions. Why are interior and exterior color choices so limited right now? You have to pay extra for anything special. (Even then, good luck getting the carpet to match the drapes — SM) Seems to have started in the ’90s and we’ve […]

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Piston Slap: Parked in the Polar Vortex?

V writes: Here are two questions from a regular, and grateful, Piston Slap reader: How long is best to idle a gasoline engine after starting & before driving off: [A] a few minutes? [B] one minute? [C] until the revs settle down? [D] no need, just drive right off? Assume ambient temperature well above freezing; […]

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Piston Slap: A Winter Tire for All Seasons?

Ryan writes: Esteemed Mr. Mehta, what tires should you use when going from cold to hot weather? Imagine you were driving from Canada to Arizona in March. Earlier this year, my parents drove their shiny new 2018 CR-V AWD to Phoenix in order to attend the Vintage Stunt Championships. The event happens in March, a […]

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Piston Slap: The Sable’s Spurious Speed Sensing?

Longtime TTAC Commentator Golden2husky writes: Dear Sajeev: I have a problem with my old ’92 Sable. About a year ago the ABS started to lightly engage while the wheel was turned hard left or right as you pulled into a parking spot. The parking was not at “turtle” speeds but was well below the need […]

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Piston Slap: Don’t Jump to Conclusions!

Find Reviews by Make: By Sajeev Mehta on January 4, 2019 TTAC commentator Towncar writes: I just recently had a dead battery on the Town Car, so learning how to properly jump start a car battery has been on my mind. I’m telling you, there’s a lot to say on this subject once you get into […]

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TTAC Project Car: It’s About Time!

The prolonged journey of TTAC’s Ford Sierra is partly because of my prolonged recovery from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. While other projects never help matters, the excuses end now. Because, even during the depths of my recovery, my vision never faltered; thanks to prednisone’s side effects during treatment, said vision became a C4 Corvette-like laser-infused slalom but with Young the Giant screeching in the […]

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Piston Slap: JK-ing Around With LED Headlight Upgrades? (PART II)

Sajeev writes: Apparently the ears of noted lighting consultant Daniel Stern begin to burn whenever Piston Slap discusses lighting upgrades. While I gave an analysis of the current LED-landscape to the best of my knowledge, I am honored to publish his insights on Jeep JK headlight upgrades. And those of us with old-school halogen reflectors get a […]

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Piston Slap: A Hatred of Mandated Safety Systems?

TTAC commentator Volvo writes: Hi Sajeev, Why is there so much enthusiast hate on electronic driver’s assistance aids such as lane departure warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise, front and side cameras, etc? It reminds me of arguments against seat belts that arose in the ’70s. As a package, these are not that expensive to […]

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Piston Slap: Do You Want to Keep a Vehicle Forever?

Elliot writes: I have a 2002 GMC Yukon with 165k and a 2003 Grand Marquis with 150k. The plan is to keep them running forever. Any thoughts regarding products or services to accomplish this goal? Your loyal reader,Elliot Sajeev answers: This is a simple query since we aren’t talking about fully-depreciated Eurozone iron that could […]

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Piston Slap: CAN Busing Around a No-Start Van?

Bob writes: Hello Sajeev, My wife’s 2012 Grand Caravan has a quirk: an intermittent no start condition when the key is inserted into the ignition and turned. Dash lights come on, but engine doesn’t crank. Doesn’t seem to matter if I cover the brake or not. Doesn’t seem to matter if the row the gear […]

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Piston Slap: JK-ing Around With LED Headlight Upgrades?

TTAC Commentator Anchorman33 writes: Sajeev, I’ve read with great interest your columns on aftermarket HID conversions for various cars that have composite headlights. I have a similar, related question that hopefully has enough daylight (pun intended) between those responses and this question that it’s worth your time to answer. I’ve recently married into a Jeep […]

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