Do spoilers serve a purpose, or are they just for show?

02.01.1995

It was my understanding that spoilers are used to increase high speed traction on the drive wheels of a car That being the case what is the purpose of a spoiler on the rear of a front-wheel-drive car Barry RAY...

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Could braking hard in an emergency cause my engine to stall?

02.01.1995

The other day I had to brake hard attempting to avoid a vehicle turning in front of me When I did the engine on my ' Toyota Celica stalled and I lost my power steering and brakes I figured cars...

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Do car engines suffer from wind chill?

02.01.1995

I live in northeastern Iowa where the temperature can get to - and even colder with the wind chill In the parking lot at work most of my colleagues will back into the parking spaces on very cold days so...

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Winning a "renovated" VW Beetle might actually make you feel like a loser.

02.01.1995

Can you help me Last summer my son entered a contest in our family's name with a local radio station to win one of four renovated VW Beetles in celebration of the th anniversary of the Beatles John Paul George...

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Mechanic might be right about the old battery but is shooting himself in the foot.

02.01.1995

I enjoy your column very much I learn a lot from it and even when there's nothing in a column I can use I always at least get a chuckle or two Maybe you can help my daughter with a...

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How can I improve the road noise I'm hearing in my new Ford Escort?

02.01.1995

Having based my selection of a new automobile on economy and ease of handling I recently purchased a new Ford Escort Although these two requirements have been adequately met I am disappointed with the amount of road and engine noise...

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If my car is struck by lightening, what are the odds of getting electricuted?

02.01.1995

A car driven by someone I know was travelling down the highway and was struck by lightning Fire flamed up the antenna and also burned a hole in one tire The occupant was OK Would we be in any danger...

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Should Chrysler repair an engine that fails after only 22k miles?

02.01.1995

Have you ever heard of a car that had an engine breakdown after having been driven only miles and cost to repair Even if it was seven years old I have such a car a Dodge This car has had...

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Is it OK to skip the granny gear when starting a car and go straight into second gear?

02.01.1995

I need you two to settle a dispute between my brother and me He and his wife have five-speed manual transmissions in each of their cars She has a Beretta GT and he has a Chevy S- Both were bought...

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Why is my hydrometer telling me that my fully charged batteries are only partially charged?

02.01.1995

I have always checked the condition of my battery by checking the specific gravity with a hydrometer I recently purchased an Exide battery The specific gravity of the battery stays about whether the battery is fully charged or completely discharged...

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Once and for all: The right way to wash a car.

02.01.1995

We read your column every week and thought you could help answer a question and save a marriage Is there a right was to wash a car If so why My husband says to wash a car you start on...

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Does my AC need a new blower motor or just a new switch?

02.01.1995

I own a Chevrolet Celebrity with miles on it I pulled into my driveway one day last summer when the temperature was very hot about degrees I had just driven about six miles everything seemed normal and the air conditioner...

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Don't tell me to get rid of my soon-to-be-classic Chrysler...please help me repair it!

02.01.1995

I have a Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue that is my favorite old car after a Nash and DeSoto that I drive on weekends Don't laugh many people consider the - big Chryslers to be among the best looking styles...

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My family thinks my Eurovan is a joke. What do you guys think?

02.01.1995

I own a ' Volkswagen Eurovan My problem is with my family Every time we have a family get-together it is my van that is made fun of I know that it is all good natured teasing and they are...

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Why are gas gauges different for every manufacturer?

02.01.1995

Why do different car manufacturers set such different standards on their gas gauges In our old Buick when the needle hit the yellow area you had to be driving into a gas station with enough momentum to reach the pumps...

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