The case for seeing a mechanic...you might have a lot of life left in your car.

02.01.1996

The mileage on my beloved Chevy Celebrity recently turned past miles The exterior is in good condition no rust no dents I can easily get my ' frame in and out and best of all it's paid for My problem...

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Suggestions for replacing a stripped drain plug?

02.01.1996

I hope you can help me find a product you mentioned in your column The product is a repair kit for Honda oil pans My drain plug is stripped and I've tried several auto parts stores and none of them...

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Going through batteries? Check your alternator.

02.01.1996

months after we purchased our Ford T-bird the original -month battery died with no warning signs and had to be replaced months later THAT -month battery died again without warning and had to be replaced months later the low battery...

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Noises going over speed bumps.

02.01.1996

I drive an ' Beretta and just recently I've noticed that when I drive over a speed bump my car makes a loud bang-bang sound that wasn't there before I asked my brother in law if he thought I should...

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Replacing the water pump while changing a timing belt -- good idea or waste of money?

02.01.1996

I have a Honda Prelude The owner's manual recommends changing the timing belt at miles I took it to a repairman for an estimate and he also recommended that I change the water pump He said water pumps only last...

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Worn out shocks or struts?

02.01.1996

I have a Celica which has begun to exhibit signs of what I think are worn shocks or struts It frequently bottoms out through dips and the tires have begun to rub against something when making sharper turns at moderate...

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Sputtering and couging while pressing the gas pedal? Check the fuel filter & pump.

02.01.1996

I have a Volvo with automatic transmission and miles When I give it gas to accelerate it sputters and coughs like it won't take gas If I pull over and wait for a while it seems to catch up and...

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Sprucing up a paint job without repainting.

02.01.1996

Do you have any advice for shining up a gray Ford Econoline The roof and hood are very dull and now they are under several layers of wax none of which shined up the paint How do I strip off...

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Platinum tipped spark plugs.

02.01.1996

I would like to know the information you have on platinum tipped spark plugs Are they really worth their weight in platinum I have an ' Chevy S pickup with a V and miles I was thinking about putting platinum...

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Can new pads and rotors be recommended without ever taking off the wheels?

02.01.1996

I think I have the best of all possible cars a iL BMW I recently had my rear brakes repaired In doing so the BMW shop said I would need new pads and rotors The problem is I don't believe...

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Knock-knock. Who's there? Your engine.

02.01.1996

My Toyota Corolla is equipped with a manual gearbox and has miles At about the engine developed a tendency to knock under certain conditions Curiously it knocks most severely under moderate throttle with minimal or no knock at wide-open throttle...

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Best car for teens? We prioritize safety.

02.01.1996

What is the best car to buy our sixteen year old daughter Cost while a factor is a lower priority than air bags reinforced doors anti-lock brakes and other safety features that will improve her chances of survival should she...

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Can two snow tires do the job of four?

02.01.1996

I drive a ' Infiniti G and experience the same problem with snow that was described several months ago by the owner of a blue Saturn i e the car slides all over the place in the snow You suggested...

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Splash guards for wet, squeaky belts.

02.01.1996

I own a Ford F- XLT Lariat with a V motor I've talked to other Ford owners and we all have the same problem It seems that whenever it rains or the underside of the motor gets wet the belts...

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