The bygone days of magnets in your vehicle.

06.01.1993

I just traded up from a Ford Ranger to a model I was feeling pretty good about it until I discovered how much of the metal has been replaced with plastic I used to use magnets to post reminder notes...

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Installing a rebuilt steering rack will save you a bundle.

06.01.1993

I am a college student who is responsible for the maintenance of my own car I have an ' Toyota Corolla LE with miles The body and the interior are in excellent condition for the age of the car Until...

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Oil in the antifreeze reservoir? That's gonna cost ya.

06.01.1993

I have a ' Porsche I recently had it towed back to my house due to oil in the antifreeze reservoir My questions are what caused it and what type of money are we talking about to repair it John...

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The best way to brake.

06.01.1993

Assume you're driving a car approaching a red light at miles per hour at a distance of or feet Once you release the accelerator which causes the least wear on the brakes Light application until the car stops or allowing...

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An easy leak fix for your trunk: weather stripping.

06.01.1993

I own a Geo Spectrum For the first two years the car had no problems Now however I've discovered that my trunk leaks whenever it rains or I wash my car Everything in my trunk gets wet and the trunk...

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Ladies, like us, you've been had.

06.01.1993

We want you to break the news to us gently Are we both gullible or what My friend and I both dropped on a gadget that is supposed to increase our gas mileage It's a four inch magnet which straps...

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After-market air conditioning: good idea?

06.01.1993

I recently bought a used Geo Prizm It has every feature I want except air conditioning I just assumed I could have it put in later Now a couple of auto mechanics have told me that it's a bad idea...

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Unless it's a collector's item, don't bother spending $12k on a 1978 car.

06.01.1993

Last month I went to a car show and swap meet and saw a Ford LTD for sale This car has only miles yes original miles This car is in showroom mint condition inside and out and the car was...

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Why is another service appointment recommended for our newish Honda after only 5k miles?

06.01.1993

Our Honda Accord LX purchased new in April of now has miles on it not bad for two seventy-year-old drivers We have followed the Honda handbook recommendations for maintenance every miles At our last maintenance miles the garage placed a...

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That clumsy 2 part seatbelt means you bought a car without an airbag.

06.01.1993

I recently bought a Toyota Corolla station wagon my first new car since It's front two-piece seat belts are horrible The shoulder harness theoretically stays fastened all the time But if I leave it fastened it catches me my parcels...

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GTO, GL, DL, DX, SX, LE...what do all the initials mean?

06.01.1993

I have enjoyed your columns very much You seem to know a lot about cars Maybe you can clear up what has long been a mystery for me What do those crazy initials after a car's name signify I know...

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Skipping third gear.

06.01.1993

While riding with a dear friend in her Nissan Maxima -speed I was appalled to observe that she skips third gear When I questioned her she said she has always driven this way and has never had any problems with...

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Safer to drive with headlights on at all times?

06.01.1993

One sunny Sunday afternoon we set out on a two hour freeway trip I noticed several cars right away with their lights on My wife said she had read somewhere that driving with your headlights on in broad daylight was...

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