I made a huge mistake My car was running rough...

04.01.1996

I made a huge mistake My car was running rough so I used a coupon to get a tuneup for my ' Toyota I walked out poorer with a diagnostic tuneup an induction service and a car that was still...

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Are there any resources out there for data on customers' car ratings?

04.01.1996

Annually Consumer Reports JD Power and others poll owners of new cars to check on customer satisfaction for the first year of ownership Then they rate the cars accordingly But what about the second and following years It seems to...

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What could be causing gasoline to get into my oil?

04.01.1996

I have gas in the oil of my Olds Cutlass Is it possible that a bad distributor is causing this -- Greg RAY Is it possible that space aliens were responsible for the Iran-Contra affair Sure But it's not very...

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Is it ever OK to run the AC along with the heat?

04.01.1996

I just bought a four-cylinder Plymouth Acclaim The salesman told me to put the temperature controls on air-conditioning in the winter when I want heat instead of on the heat setting He says that I'll get just as much heat...

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Can a trip odometer be reset while the car is in motion?

04.01.1996

Both of our cars have trip odometers which we always forget to reset when starting out on a trip -- or when we just want to measure the distance from point A to point B My husband insists that we...

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If a power-brake booster doesn't work, then you have a vacuum problem.

04.01.1996

I have an Honda with miles One fall morning I started to go to work and the brake pedal was as hard as a brick The brakes still worked if I stood on the pedal then after a couple of...

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Is it possible to turn a steering wheel too far?

04.01.1996

I own a vehicle that has power steering A few of my friends while driving my vehicle get into situations that require them to turn the steering wheel until it can't be turned anymore But they insist on trying to...

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Sluggish starts? Check these three things.

04.01.1996

My Renault Alliance -liter has more power in Reverse than in Drive What can I do to stop the sluggishness when starting from a stopped position -- Ariel RAY The truth is most cars feel zippy in Reverse because the...

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Is it still true that you shouldn't put a car battery on the concrete floor of a garage?

04.01.1996

My wife drives minutes to work five days a week After a recent vacation when she didn't drive the car for a few weeks I found the battery dead I took the battery out and trotted up to the local...

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Is there a warning for when your brakes are about to fail?

04.01.1996

Please help You fellows are a dear to us single females who own cars What does a driver do when her brakes fail This happened to me and it was a hellish experience believe me I had a Dodge Dart...

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Can I disconnect my rear defroster?

04.01.1996

My husband just bought me a ' Chevy Cavalier It has a rear defogger If I had this disconnected would it be harmful to my car in any way The reason for disconnecting it is that we live in a...

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Anything I can do to give my Suzuki Samurai a power boost?

04.01.1996

I recently bought an ' Suzuki Samarai It was a good value runs well and looks great However it is really under powered for some of the driving I have to do and quite unstable at times Is there anything...

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Will products like Echo-Guard protect my car from rust?

04.01.1996

I recently purchased a product called Echo Guard with a new-car purchase The product is supposed to substitute for normal undercoating and rustproofing It theoretically prevents rust from developing on all metal surfaces by replacing the electrons lost due to...

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I have a Buick Somerset Everytime the coolant gauge reaches...

04.01.1996

I have a Buick Somerset Everytime the coolant gauge reaches the mid point between cold and hot the oil light comes on If I then stop and turn off the car it won't restart Meanwhile the temperature gauge continues to...

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What is an "oil slinger"...and is it important? 'Cuz I forgot it.

04.01.1996

I have a ' Ford motor home with a engine I have replaced the timing chain and gears with new steel gears and a new chain After I had put it back together I realized that I had left out...

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