Idling is necessary to preserve a turbo-charger.

11.01.1993

I have a Volvo sedan It's equipped with a turbo charger to boost the power of the four cylinder engine The owner's manual says that the engine should be allowed to idle at least two minutes before shut-off The problems...

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Is it safe to leave a manual transmission in neutral at a stop light?

11.01.1993

I recently got your pamphlet and read about how to make your clutch last longer One of the things you said is to put the car in Neutral and let the clutch out while sitting at a stop light I...

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New ring job or new engine?

11.01.1993

I have a Pontiac Sunbird with a liter engine For about two years now I have had an oil leak I cannot seem to locate When I do a lot of driving I may use a quart a day If...

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Who to call for safety recall information.

11.01.1993

Is there an number one could call to find out about auto recalls I have a Dodge Dynasty which leaks oil quite badly George TOM You bet there is George It's called The Auto Safety Hotline and it's operated by...

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Should Gail "let" her 27 year old son buy a new Mazda?

11.01.1993

My son who lives in Boston has a perfectly good Pontiac Grand Am which he bought new However he seems to have fallen in love with the Mazda RX- He wants to keep the Grand Am to drive during the...

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Replacing the tailgate as a fuel economy measure?

11.01.1993

My grandson removed the tail gate from his brand new Mazda pick up truck and replaced it with some kind of webbing It looks like hell When I questioned him as to why he put this netting on his reply...

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Rinsing out an engine with a quart of oil?

11.01.1993

A friend of mine suggested that when changing my oil I drain out the old oil and add just one quart Then run the engine for a few minutes to kind of rinse it out What are your thoughts Tom...

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Click and Clack refrain from trying to talk Phil out of a VW Microbus.

11.01.1993

I want to buy an old VW bus to use on car camping trips and to take to bluegrass festivals What should I look for or look out for in a VW bus Should I avoid automatics How about campers...

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Help! Spiders!

11.01.1993

I read your column regularly and since you guys seem to be the reigning kings of answering unusual car questions who else could I turn to I have only been driving for about a year and a half and I...

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Suspicious of the alternator belt.

11.01.1993

I have a Cadillac Seville with miles It is the - - engine but the computer has been disconnected so it only runs on eight cylinders My problem is that I have a squealing noise from the alternator whenever I...

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Where do "suicide doors" get their name?

11.01.1993

Do you remember the old four-door Lincoln Continentals where the front and back doors both opened out from the same spot in the middle of the car They used to call those suicide doors How did they get that name...

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Newly rebuilt engine is leaking more oil than ever.

11.01.1993

I own a Dodge half-ton pick up with a cubic inch engine that has served me well for miles This past summer it started using oil in town one quart every - miles so I had the engine rebuilt supposedly...

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A high idle speed wreaks havoc on icy roads.

11.01.1993

I have a slick-streets problem with a front-wheel-drive car that my dealer can't help me with When I am slowing down below ten miles per hour on an icy street even using the breaks as lightly as I can the...

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Radio on or off while starting the engine?

11.01.1993

My husband says that the car radio should be turned off when the car is being started Would you please tell me if it makes any difference Thank you Betty RAY Gee Betty this sounds like one of those classic...

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Could a car with 63k already have arthritis?

11.01.1993

Thanks for your column which makes an otherwise to me dull subject entertaining educational and most of all humorous Now a question for the experts or you guys if you can answer it Could my Mercury Monarch with miles on...

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