Does running on almost-empty damage the catalytic converter?

03.01.1993

I really enjoy reading your col umn and thank you for the valuable information which I share with other family mem bers I have a question I don't think you've ever answered It seems that our fuel gauge reg isters...

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Safety features on starters would be a no-brainer.

03.01.1993

Why don't starters have a safety feature on them which would prevent them from engaging once the engine is already started It seems to me that this feature would be fairly easy to implement I'm convinced that I ruined the...

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Check Engine Lights are better than fans for avoiding an overheated engine.

03.01.1993

I own a Ford Escort Recently the car overheated due to a faulty fan relay The car had only miles on it and now I need a new engine In the future I was wondering if it would be a...

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What could burn through 4 distributors?

03.01.1993

My car is a Toyota Tercel The problem is that last June the car wouldn't start So the local gas station replaced the distributor Then the same thing happened in September November and January The last three times the distributor...

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Could transmission fluid be leaking into the crankcase?

03.01.1993

I need help with a car problem It's a Chevy Impala with a V- The automatic transmission has been leaking a quart of fluid a week for about six months The problem is that the engine oil keeps going up...

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Turning off the AC when you shut off the engine?

03.01.1993

Please resolve an ongoing discussion in our home Should the air conditioner be turned off when you shut off the engine My theory is that if you turn off the a c when you start the car it won't cause...

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Making lemonade out of a lemon.

03.01.1993

I'm a real troubled man I have a lemon and an angry wife I just bought a used ' Dodge Caravan liter with automatic transmission for my wife and twin boys My wife noticed that the engine often stalls in...

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Will my airbag and seatbelt work if I'm hit while sitting in a parking lot?

03.01.1993

I love your column and I have two questions If you're sitting in the drivers seat in a parking lot with the engine off and you're hit head on will the airbag activate How can I check my seat belt...

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Anything special to do for a Camry at the 100k mile mark?

03.01.1993

My Camry is coming up on miles Anything special I need to do Joyce TOM Not really Joyce We've seen plenty of Camrys go past miles We've seen 'em go to even RAY Actually Joyce the one thing you should...

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Do white cars stay cooler than black cars on a warm day?

03.01.1993

I recently purchased a black Dodge Stealth which I believe to be one of the finest cars on the road I have taken a lot of flack from my friends about black cars being hotter than white cars I personally...

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Liters, defined.

03.01.1993

I am confused about the meaning of the term liters What does it mean Is a high liter rating better than a low one My car says liters Frank RAY Well there are several types of liters Frank There's the...

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Will mixing 85 and 90 octane gas result in 87.5 octane gas?

03.01.1993

Both of my cars recommend octane unleaded gas which is readily available where I live But sometimes on the road regular unleaded is octane premium unleaded is and there's no available I've noticed this especially in parts of Utah and...

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What's going on with the sticky rear brakes?

03.01.1993

I just purchased a Dodge Ram Van When I drive over mph then apply the brakes the rear brakes stick If I back up the sound is even worse You can actually hear them binding I put on new shoes...

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Why didn't we recommend the Chevy Lumina to Brenda? Safety concerns, that's why.

03.01.1993

My questions is WHAT HAPPENED As a loyal reader I was cruising your column looking for solutions to all my relatives' car problems In the question from Brenda who was looking for a new car I thought I knew which...

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Can you diagnose a car based on the fluids that show up on the garage floor?

03.01.1993

Could you give a general diagnosis of a problem by the color amount thickness or odor of the fluids you find on your garage floor For instance a small amount of greenish liquid I see under my car might mean...

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