Does the law require that an entire seat belt be replaced rather than just the defective part?

10.01.1994

The spring broke inside the clasp on the driver's side seat belt on my Bronco II The spring is for the button you push to release the belt A Ford dealer told me that I would need to purchase an...

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I had a full tank of gas, but put in a bottle of transmission fluid by mistake.

10.01.1994

I have made a terrible mistake I keep my dry gas in one spot on my cellar shelf Somehow a bottle of transmission fluid was put there by accident You guessed it I had a full tank of gas and...

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It's not only unsafe to coast with your engine off, it's illegal.

10.01.1994

I really enjoy your column and have learned a lot over many years reading it I have a Toyota Tercel with a standard transmission I am on social security so I'm trying to save every penny I can I spend...

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Is it paranoid to keep doors locked while driving?

10.01.1994

I'm hoping you can settle a disagreement My fiancee thinks I am being excessively paranoid for wanting the car doors locked while driving I say that with car-jackings and random stop light robberies occuring in all major cities locking the...

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Can I shift into Drive while coasting in Reverse...without first braking to a stop?

10.01.1994

I have a Dodge with an automatic transmission When I put it into Reverse and back it onto the street from my drive way I shift it into Drive while the car is still rolling backwards My dad tells me...

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I had a Mercedes SDL odometer reading approximately miles During...

10.01.1994

I had a Mercedes SDL odometer reading approximately miles During a recommended change of antifreeze at the dealer's I asked to purchase a new cigarette lighter for the dash The mechanic experience years plus told parts I did not need...

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The brakes went out on my new Dodge Intrepid after only 400 miles!

10.01.1994

I picked up a new Dodge Intrepid on Tuesday and on Saturday with miles driven the brakes went out Of course when the dealer picked up the car and checked the brake system nothing was wrong and no problems could...

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How to leave your manual transmission when you park it.

10.01.1994

I love to drive a manual transmission car However I've always received conflicting information on how to leave my car when I park it One ex-boyfriend clueless told me to leave it in Reverse and not worry about the parking...

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I have a beautiful year old Chrysler Imperial which runs...

10.01.1994

I have a beautiful year old Chrysler Imperial which runs great If I drive it only miles a year using unleaded premium am I harming the engine When I ask old-car people at shows the answers are about - yes...

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Who is responsible for putting the fuel pump INSIDE the fuel tank?

10.01.1994

Could you please print the name and photograph of the engineer or bureaucrat who is responsible for putting the fuel pump INSIDE the fuel tank I want to see what that moron looks like and I want to put a...

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My owner's manual says to use half antifreeze and half water, but my mechanic says just add antifreeze.

10.01.1994

Last fall when I had my radiator flushed and coolant changed on my Ford Escort my mechanic said it would be fine to put all antifreeze in the system My owner's manual says to use half antifreeze and half water...

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Why can't all manufacturers put the gas filler tube on the left side?

10.01.1994

Since we live in America we are accustomed to driving on the right side of the road Wouldn't it be nice if the automobile manufacturers allowed us to drive on the right side at the gasoline pumps Why can't all...

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What does it take to get a little respect from a mechanic?

10.01.1994

On behalf of all women who have to fend for themselves when dealing with mechanics I'd like some advice on how to get a modicum of respect If I were to pull a bum off the street and have him...

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When is it no longer feasible reasonable prudent or intelligent to continue paying repair costs on an aging vehicle?

10.01.1994

When is it no longer feasible reasonable prudent or intelligent to continue paying repair costs on an aging vehicle Car in question Buick Regal with an oil leak faulty transmission poor brakes tattered upholstery faulty turn signals non-working air conditioner...

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