Why isn't silicone braking fluid more widely recommended?

10.01.1992

You recently recommended to a reader that she change the brake fluid in her car every miles or about every two years for most drivers I have three older cars in which I have put silicone brake fluid Silicone brake...

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How can I keep from getting frozen out of my car in cold weather?

10.01.1992

I am writing on behalf of the many car owners who reside in cold wet areas of the country and have suffered the problem of car doors freezing shut because of freezing rain or simply rain and dropping temperatures This...

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New timing belt or new mechanic? Maybe both.

10.01.1992

I have a Renault Alliance Last spring the timing belt broke and as a result of it breaking I had to have the valves replaced too After the repair every time I drove the car up a steep hill the...

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A GM engineer proves the unlikely to be true: Click and Clack are sometimes correct!

10.01.1992

I read your column recently about a Buick LeSabre that had an occasional noise sounding like an open muffler when driven in the rain I am an engineering manager with the Flint Engineering Division of General Motors and am familiar...

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Frank believes that the heater setting has nothing to do with engine warm up. Is he right?

10.01.1992

After long hours studying the service manuals of several brands of cars I have concluded that you may be wrong about thermostats car warm up and coolant flow A car's thermostat keeps the coolant circulating in the engine until it...

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Is it necessary to re-balance the tires every time they're rotated?

10.01.1992

My dealer says my wheels must be re-balanced each time each time he rotates the tires The tire manufacturer says the wheels should only be balanced when the tires are mounted or remounted My dealer got a little huffy when...

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Is it normal for a car to swing left and forward when stopping suddenly?

10.01.1992

I have a Olds Cutlass Supreme I have had to slam on the brakes several times to avoid unexpected obstacles Each time I make a panic stop the left rear of the car swings out to the left and forward...

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Is Marty's Volvo about to give up the ghost?

10.01.1992

I have a Volvo DL with miles on a gasoline en gine and automatic transmis sion It behaves oddly in the morning when the car is cold When starting from a dead stop or rounding a corner the car engine...

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Is the wiring my son's hamster chewed through "mission critical"?

10.01.1992

My eleven year old son let his pet mouse escape in my Dodge Van It took five days to catch him after he ran up my pant leg while I was going mph and nearly caused me to have a...

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Transmission overhaul or used transmission? Maybe neither...

10.01.1992

I have a liter Chevrolet S- pickup truck with an automatic transmission with overdrive I recently had a major tune-up service done and they discovered some fif teen or so small brass shavings while changing the transmis sion fluid They...

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True or false: It's a good idea to shift an automatic transmission into neutral at a stoplight.

10.01.1992

I have driven cars since the Model T In the early years before automatic transmissions I routinely shifted to Neutral at stop lights or in heavy traffic When I bought my first auto matic transmission car in I continued to...

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How can I "heat-proof" my car for an Arizona summer?

10.01.1992

I just moved to Arizona and am worried about my first summer here I need to know about window tinting I have four small children who are al ready wailing about hot seat belt buckles every time we get into...

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My carburetor was just rebuilt, so why doesn't my Mustang pass emissions testing?

10.01.1992

I have an ' Mustang V liter with an automatic transmission It has miles on it After a tune up I was told I had a fuel leak and needed to have the carburetor rebuilt or replaced So I had...

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Bob looks for advice on taking coolant samples.

10.01.1992

Can I check the anti-freeze in my radiator by taking out fluid from the overflow tank rather than the radiator itself Will the mix in the overflow tank be the same as in the radiator Bob RAY Well Bob generally...

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Is it necessary to change my water pump while changing the timing belt?

10.01.1992

With miles on my Ford Escort the local Ford dealer recommends that I change my timing belt for And while they're in there he says I should have the water pump changed for an additional I like the car very...

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