Why was nitrogen used in race car tires?

03.01.1995

The recent inquiry about using nitrogen in tires caught my eye I was in the automobile trade in the s and s The only time I remember using nitrogen in tires was at the Indianapolis speedway Race cars there used...

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Could a "battery buddy" protect my battery from my absent-mindedness?

03.01.1995

I have a bad habit of parking the car with the lights on once or twice a year and draining the battery Our Toyota Corolla does not have a system for turning off the lights in cases like that Recently...

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How can I avoid generating so much static electricity in my car during winter months?

03.01.1995

How do you stop the Charge you get when you slide out of your car on winter days The spark from me to the first metal object usually the driver's door can jump about six inches Steve RAY C'mon Steve...

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Any chance a bad thermostat could cause my check-engine-light to come on?

03.01.1995

I have a Ford Aerostar with miles on it I have two problems Problem When I put on the brakes my oil light comes on and my oil needle drops all the way down like I don't have any oil...

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Could suspicious tachometer readings be caused by a change in wheel or tire size?

03.01.1995

I enjoy your column but I think you goofed recently You answered a letter from Ken who noticed that his tachometer was reading about rpm higher than it used to at miles an hour Based on his information you correctly...

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Is it really possible to overfill one's transmission with fluid?

03.01.1995

Does it harm an automatic transmission if the fluid is well above the full mark on the dipstick Lynn TOM Apparently it does You may notice a little warning that says something like Caution Do Not Overfill Overfilling May Lead...

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Was an extra charge for flushing out my tire necessary?

03.01.1995

Upon leaving my house one day last week I noticed my car had a flat tire It is virtually impossible to remove a wheel previously installed with an air-operated impact wrench so I chose to use a can of Patch...

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Could a small filter possibly do as good a job as a larger filter?

03.01.1995

Toyota has reduced the size of oil filters for my Toyota Tercel and many other models to make removal easier in small engine compartments They insist that the smaller size filters oil just as well as the previous larger size...

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My dealer says that a Geo Prizm is the EXACT same car as a Toyota Corolla. True or false?

03.01.1995

I have been looking for a new car I presently drive an ' Toyota Corolla which has over miles on it so I'm afraid it might be ready to give out The Chevrolet salesman told me that their Geo Prizm...

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Is a "service engine" light the same as a "check engine" light?

03.01.1995

I own a Saturn SL with miles on it It's a wonderful car that has very few problems but I do have one concern Periodically my Service Engine Soon light comes on stays a while and blinks off My oil...

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What purpose do parking lights serve?

03.01.1995

My sister and I are wondering about parking lights on automobiles why do cars have them The only time we ever see a car with parking lights on is during the twilight hours of the morning or early evening and...

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Where can I find parts for the Dodge Dart I'm attempting to restore?

03.01.1995

I'm in the process of restoring a Dodge Dart and my only problem so far is trying to find weather stripping for the trunk and the doors I called all the Dodge dealers in my area and every one of...

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Is it safe to put transmission fluid into the power steering reservoir?

03.01.1995

My neighbor Mike and I are backyard mechanics Mike has forgotten more about automobiles than I will ever know Mike says that you can use automatic transmission fluid ATF in your power steering system I say that only applies to...

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My dad taught me to put my transmission in neutral while at a stoplight. Is he right?

03.01.1995

When I was a youngster and would ride along with my father I noticed that he would always put his car in Neutral when stopped at a traffic light Of course I'm referring to an automatic transmission Once I started...

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What on earth is a "harmonic balancer"? Is this like getting your car's chakras aligned?

03.01.1995

Recently I had my Plymouth Sundance at the dealer's to have the water pump replaced While picking up my car I met a customer who was having his car's Harmonic Balancer replaced Harmonic Balancer It sounds like something from Zen...

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