How do I know when it's time to replace my shock absorbers?

06.01.1995

Do you have any good ideas on when and if shock absorbers should be replaced Those guys who sell and install them say now Various mechanics I have questioned shrug The ride in my car seems fine What do you...

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What else is left to replace?

06.01.1995

Nothing personal but you are my last resort I have a Ford Falcon and when I hit the brakes eight out of ten times it pulls severely to the right Often it will pull to the right first and then...

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What is a "cozy wing"?

06.01.1995

I'm writing to your cozy wing research department with an answer I read in your column that you were trying to find out what cozy wings were The cozy wing is the small crank out window on older cars The...

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Buying Rule #1: Don't spend all your money on the car.

06.01.1995

I need your advice My kids are gone and my wife has a nice late model Toyota Camry she loves Problem My dream car has always been the Mercedes two door convertible A new SL at is out of the...

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Should a car with 87k miles on it need a new oil pan?

06.01.1995

I am an owner of a Ford Crown Victoria which I purchased new I've not encountered any problems in the miles I've driven it Lo and behold when I had my oil changed a couple of weeks ago I was...

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Any ideas about what's going on with this "dropped" transmission?

06.01.1995

I have a problem with my Dodge Dakota When I shift into D the transmission does not engage The problem is intermittent and I have no way of making it happen Each time this failure occurs I shift back to...

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What could cause windshield wipers to come on while accelerating?

06.01.1995

I have a GMC pickup with a V engine and automatic transmission It is in excellent shape with approximately miles on it Recently each time I step on the gas pedal a little extra hard for passing the windshield wipers...

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How might I go about replacing a horn myself?

06.01.1995

You are both too young and handsome to know much about the car I drive But I realize that after hearing you and reading you that you are very resourceful I also know you will not smirk at my lovely...

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Get those bowling ball noises checked out while your car is still under warranty!

06.01.1995

We have a Mercury Sable without anti lock brakes When the brakes are applied going forward or backwards it sounds like there are bowling balls rolling around in the trunk My husband mentioned it to the mechanic but nothing was...

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Who knew there were so many definitions of "cozy wings" out there?!

06.01.1995

I never fail to read your column and I am simply amazed by your knowledge I guess that's why I find it hard to believe that you don't know what Cosy Wings are They are one of two things First...

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I'm looking to upgrade from my Toyota Corolla wagon. What do you guys suggest?

06.01.1995

For twenty-odd years I have driven older cars including my ' Toyota Corolla station wagon that now has miles Perhaps that is why I am single Anyhow since I like outdoor activities I have decided to keep my reliable and...

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Michael weighs in on how a reader's car fire could have been prevented.

06.01.1995

You recently answered a question about a car fire started by an automotive cigarette lighter that did not pop out You suggested the fire could possibly have been prevented by a fuse blow This is not the case Fuses do...

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Any idea what could be causing this Accord's herky-jerky vibration?

06.01.1995

I have a Honda Accord with almost miles on it There's a problem that my mechanic can't seem to fix The car vibrates at stop lights so I put it into Neutral which seems to help some But it jerks...

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What do you always side with the ladies?

06.01.1995

You guys are always downgrading men when it comes to automotive knowledge You almost always publish incidents where the woman is right and the hubby or some other guy is wrong Are you guys afraid of women Rudy TOM No...

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Chris sets us straight on nitrogen filled racing tires.

06.01.1995

I thought you two knew a thing or two Boy was I wrong You two missed the boat on the question of why race cars use nitrogen in their tires Tire pressure and the resulting diameter are extremely critical to...

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