Hoping to avoid having to buy a new car in my 80s.

05.01.1993

I enjoy your column very much To my amazement so does my wonderful mother-in-law who is Recently she and I were talking about her car It's a one owner year old Chevy Citation with about miles on it It has...

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Myth: Manual transmissions are better for towing.

05.01.1993

I have a Toyota -Runner with V engine and -speed manual transmission It has been running perfectly in both summer and winter Recently I purchased a boat and installed a hitch on the car The problem comes when I pull...

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Wildlife-proofing your car's electrical wiring. Also, Mitsubishi Diamantes.

05.01.1993

I have been reading your wonderful column for sometime now and finally have a problem that I think is up your alley My Subaru Justy please stifle your laughter--I love this little car was devoured by wild animals squirrels raccoons...

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The meaning of 4x4.

05.01.1993

I work as an engineer at one of the Big Three in Detroit and during a discussion with my engineering colleagues it was revealed that none of us knew what the numbers X means After debating we decided that the...

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Ford says I don't need to service my transmission. What do you think?

05.01.1993

The owner's manual for my Ford Taurus lists Fluid changes of band adjustments on a -speed overdrive automatic transaxle under items never requiring maintenance The dealer recommends that I DO have the transmission serviced every miles The Ford service hot...

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A Nissan Sentra blows its fuse(s).

05.01.1993

I have a Nissan Sentra with miles on it The amp Engine Control fuse blew as I was driving After replacing the fuse the same thing happened again I was in the process of accelerating both times I've checked over...

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Chrysler weighs in on the safety of seat belt extenders.

05.01.1993

Chrysler corporation does not recommend the use of seat belt extenders to resolve the situation of a shoulder belt rubbing against one's neck Seat belt extenders are designed to accomodate those vehicle occupants whose torso size requires additional seat belt...

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Any difference between Quaker St. and Valvoline?

05.01.1993

Please advise regarding the best oil for my Volvo GL The dealer recommended only Valvoline when I bought the car four years ago Now the dealer is recommending only Quaker State Please advise on the quality of Quaker State motor...

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A finicky power brake boosterl

05.01.1993

I have an Chevrolet Caprice Classic with miles I have driven cars for a long time but have never had this happen before For the last two months every time I put on the brakes a loud sound of escaping...

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Should I be looking at new cars before retirement?

05.01.1993

I enjoy all your columns and value your opinions but the articles that really grab my attention are the ones that concern older cars I a single self-supporting lady fast approaching retirement am the original owner of a Ford Escort...

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Where does the term "idiot lights" come from?

05.01.1993

Please settle some confusion My husband says the term idiot light comes from the fact that the car is an idiot and cannot comprehend why the light is lit I say it's because people are idiots and have no idea...

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I had a recent experience with my Ford Taurus station...

05.01.1993

I had a recent experience with my Ford Taurus station wagon that I would like to share with you I parked overnight in an underground garage and couldn't get the car started the next morning I had to be towed...

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How do oxygen sensors work?

05.01.1993

I have a question about the oxygen sensor on my Toyota Corolla How does it work and what is its purpose John TOM That's a good question John The oxygen sensor is part of the emission control system RAY Isn't...

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The case of the backfiring MG.

05.01.1993

I drive a MGB yes every day When I ease off the accelerator at - mph like when I'm going downhill the car does an almost constant series of small backfires until I accelerate again The problem seems to be...

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Why do front tires sometimes have different air pressure than rear tires.

05.01.1993

Most of the cars I've owned have called for the same tire pressure front and rear But I've always wondered why the pressure couldn't be more closely related to the weight distribution of the car For example if percent of...

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