Do I have to have all services performed at the dealer to keep my warranty valid?

12.01.1993

I don't have a problem with my new Buick but I need some information To have the warranty honored is it necessary to go to the GM dealer for maintenance and regular oil changes I'm not completely satisfied with my...

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Will my car last until it's paid off at 30k miles per year?

12.01.1993

I commute miles a week sometimes to and from graduate school I'm a doctoral student in political science The trip is straight flat and boring My ' Geo Metro convertible has miles on it after two and a half years...

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Rule of thumb for repairing used cars, versus trading them in.

12.01.1993

Can you tell me if you have a general rule of thumb that you use when deciding whether or not to have a major repair done to an older car Our Thunderbird is in need of a head gasket It...

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Electric windows: will they work if you drive into a river?

12.01.1993

My mother has an anxiety that has puzzled my family for quite a while now Our Buick Electra has electric windows If my mother were to drive off the side of a bridge and land in the river would the...

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Idling your engine on cold mornings without driving it will do more harm than good.

12.01.1993

I am an elderly woman and I like to take very good care of my car My question concerns a car that has to be left outside in the winter with no garage and is only used about once a...

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Don't believe the dealer, there IS something wrong with brakes that fail just one time.

12.01.1993

My wife and I are the reluctant owners of a Olds Delta When I say reluctant I mean we hardly dare to drive the thing My wife was travelling through town the other day and when she approached an intersection...

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Turbo engines explained.

12.01.1993

You guys are really funny I enjoy your column Can you explain to me how a turbo engine works Andy RAY Sure Andy Here's the basic idea An engine needs air in order to run And on a normal engine...

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Which is better: an '81 Chevy Malibu or a '75 Volvo 242 GL?

12.01.1993

Help I am faced with the dilemma of chosing between cars I am and my mother is making me choose between her old car a Chevrolet Malibu and my current one a Volvo GL The Chevy has miles and the...

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Does downshifting use more gas, or less?

12.01.1993

Our names are Pete and Charley and we've had an ongoing discussion for years about a certain subject Your answer to this question will result in one of us getting a free breakfast We've both agreed that your answer to...

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Cleaning a convertible's white top.

12.01.1993

Do you have any secret formula for getting a convertible top white Right now it is just dingy white Barbara TOM Well whenever I need to whiten-up the top on my ' Dodge Dart I just park it under the...

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Fixing a falling head/roof liner.

12.01.1993

How do I deal with a falling head liner in a Chrysler other than wear a ten gallon hat to keep it out of my eyes when I'm driving I've asked around at various parts stores and all they have...

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How did a plug get into my tire if I'm the only one who ever drove it?

12.01.1993

In I bought a new Mazda I am the only driver and have always had to put air in the left front tire because it seemed to need it more than the others I took the car to Sears to...

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Towing a car while its manual gearshift is locked in reverse? We can all agree that's a horrible idea, right?

12.01.1993

You guys are pretty good at trouble shooting auto problems but I want to find out just how good you really are Would it harm a car engine to tow the car forward while the manual transmission was in reverse...

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