One of the kinder examples of fan mail we receive at Car Talk Plaza.

12.01.1992

I m a year old widow and before I die I ve got to tell you how much pleasure your column has brought to me After reading all the bad and sad news I know I can always get a...

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If I replace the engine in my Centurion convertible, might it become a classic?

12.01.1992

I own a Buick Centurion Convertible I was told that there were only a limited number of these models manufactured Do you know if this information is true I have just spent money restoring this car interior body paint My...

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Why does the my engine sound like it is still running after I turn off the car?

12.01.1992

I have a Ford Escort After I turn off the ignition and pull out the key the car still sounds like it's running Why Carlos RAY Because it is Carlos TOM When this happens it's called dieseling because it's running...

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How much play in a steering wheel is too much?

12.01.1992

The steering wheel in my wife's Ford Taurus wagon has a noticable amount of play The steering wheel feels loose and turning it through the dead zone causes no change in the car's direction There is about five-eighths of an...

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Too short for your seatbelt? One reader has discovered a solution!

12.01.1992

I've seen several letters in your column recently from people whose shoulder belts cut across their necks When I bought my Ford pickup three years ago I had to figure out a way to strap in my five year old...

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Is there any difference between gasoline and oil in Canada and the United States?

12.01.1992

I have a Toyota Camry with a six cylinder engine I am anticipating touring Montreal and Quebec with my car and am wondering about the gasoline and oil in Canada I use premium octane gas and API grade S-G motor...

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Why would Mark's oil light flash only when the AC is on?

12.01.1992

In I was driving my VW GTI across the country I was moving so my car was packed At the time my car had about K on it I was driving on the interstate with the air conditioner running and...

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Is Maura's Land Cruiser seranading her, or is her clutch going out?

12.01.1992

You're not going to believe this but I can actually play jingle bells by tapping my gas pedal My gas pedal seems to control an annoying whistle coming from the engine of my ' Toyota Land Cruiser Speeding climbing hills...

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Why would towing something with my turbocharged Dodge Caravan void its warranty?

12.01.1992

I have a Dodge Caravan with a four cylinder turbocharged engine I read in the owner s manual that the warranty is void if you tow using a turbocharged engine Why is the warranty voided John RAY Because it is...

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If a new belt doesn't make this noise go away, what will?

12.01.1992

I have a question my mechanic can't seem to answer In the right front of the engine compartment of my ' V Thunderbird the belt that turns the alternator and air pump makes an annoying whistling-whining noise When water is...

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Is it possible to install a kill switch on my Tercel?

12.01.1992

I used to have a VW Bug My brother installed a cut off switch in it to ground out the ignition to make the car harder to hotwire I recently traded that car in for a two-door four speed Toyota...

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What might it cost me to fix this power steering fluid leak?

12.01.1992

I have a Chevrolet Malibu In the last two months I have been losing power steering fluid I have had to add fluid every two or three weeks I have been looking under the car for leaks or spots but...

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Can I shift without using the clutch?

12.01.1992

I own a car with a manual transmission My brother who by the way loves reading your column claims that it is okay to shift gears in my car without pushing in the clutch It seems to me that this...

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Fact or fiction: Turning on the AC while idling will save gas.

12.01.1992

I have been told by an automobile manufacturers certified mechanic how to conserve on gasoline consumption He has practiced the proceedure for years and I am now following it Please confirm that this is valid When I am held up...

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New hoses recommended after a "free" tune-up: scam or necessity?

12.01.1992

I'm an old senior citizen driving an old Cadillac with miles on it all down hill It has the original coolant and original hoses Should I change the coolant and hoses when the old boat is running like a top...

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