Brand-named vs/ generic auto parts: is there a difference?

08.01.1992

Please settle a bet I just bought a Ford Explorer and so has my neighbor We have our oil changed at the same place and agree on the type of oil as well as the miles between changes We disagree...

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What's causing foam to appear in this Ford's oil filler cap?

08.01.1992

My daughter has a ' Ford Escort with miles on it Every few hundred miles a gray foaming material fills the oil filler cap Sometimes it has a greenish tinge The Ford dealer has advised her to drive it harder...

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Does using a car radio burn through more gas?

08.01.1992

My husband insists that driving with the car radio on uses extra gasoline except when the baseball games are on If the gas tank gets low he says we will run out of gas sooner if the radio is on...

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Can changing transmission fluid loosen the bands inside?

08.01.1992

I have a Grand Am with about miles I average about to miles a year I have kept up on regu larly scheduled maintenance oil changes every miles etc except for one item I have only had the transmission filter...

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Is there any hope for my "new" Dodge Dart?

08.01.1992

I recently purchased a Dodge Dart--don't laugh, the car has 61K original miles on a V- engine The original interior is nearly flawless and the paint still shines. I paid only $700 for the car.  Now here's the bad part ....

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Dealer qualifications.

08.01.1992

I'm currently in a state prison and I read your column regularly I'm wondering if you could tell me how to get a dealers license so I can buy and sell used vehicles when I get out Please tell me...

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What advice would you give for maintaining a Miata that winters in our garage?

08.01.1992

I bought my lovely wife a Mazda Miata for her birthday a couple of years ago She enjoys driving it in warm weather and wants to keep it in good condition for many years She stores it during the winter...

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Will mixing different types of brake fluid ruin my master cylinder?

08.01.1992

At the auto parts store I've seen brake fluid listed as both DOT and DOT Are these two compatible I've been told by a friend that these two should not be mixed in the brake master cylinder or it will...

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Should I be concerned about my transmission after a fender bender?

08.01.1992

I am driving a Toyota Camry with an automatic transmission While I was waiting for a traffic light to change my car was hit from the back I was in Drive at the time I think the other car's speed...

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White smoke is coming out of Jim's Honda: new pope or something else?

08.01.1992

I own a Honda Accord five speed with miles I change the oil every miles and monitor all other vi tal fluids The car gets good gas mileage and runs fairly well but I have a problem with white smoke...

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What kind of damage is done after letting a car idle for 11 hours?

08.01.1992

Recently a friend of mine who carpools to work locked his keys in his car a Olds Cutlass Supreme at the meeting point for the carpool He went on to work without realizing this Fortunately when he returned to his...

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Driving down a steep hill, which is better: braking or downshifting?

08.01.1992

I live on a mountain The road from town to my home is steep and winding Near the top of the mountain is a sign by the side of the road advising trucks to shift to a lower gear An...

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