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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This car salesman takes issue with our depiction of dealership sales tactics.

03.01.1995

I regularly read your column and in most cases enjoy what you have to say However I and many members of our sales department take issue with your depiction of car salespeople as rats The analogy was humorous at first...

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Could speeding in a four-speed car do damage to my little four-cylinder engine?

03.01.1995

I have a hypothetical question for you guys Suppose a person had a Dodge Colt with four cylinders a four speed standard transmission and she gave it regular oil changes Now suppose the hypothetical owner drives just a little fast...

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Where could this knocking sound come from on a car with a brand new axle?

03.01.1995

I would guess that untyped letters are put on the bottom of the stack How about good large writing So far so good Still with me I have two Hondas One is a hatchback and one is a four door...

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Am I doing any damage if I use "small engine" motor oil on a big engine?

03.01.1995

I have a Buick LeSabre with a V I use Castrol motor oil What does Castrol mean when it says made for smaller engines Am I doing anything wrong by using it on a big engine Arthur RAY Not to...

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Why would my husband listen to his little brother when he is NEVER right?

03.01.1995

My husband and I really enjoy your column I have a story for you about brothers and cars My husband's brother John has two older cars The transmission went on his favorite beater so he had to do some minor...

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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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