How important is mileage when buying a used car these days?

07.01.1996

How important is mileage in buying a used car Why would highway miles be any different from other types of miles It used to be that miles was high mileage Now one sees cars with to miles on dealers' lots...

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How can I avoid a messy disaster when I change those difficult Toyota oil filters?

07.01.1996

In my Toyota Camry the oil filter is mounted upside down meaning that the open end of the filter is face-down to the ground This creates a tremendous problem when I go to change the filter No matter what I...

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Ideas for a car that can be used to commute during the week and haul the family on the weekend?

07.01.1996

I read your column every week You not only supply great automotive advice but you add that extra quart of humor that we all need I'm in need of a combination vehicle I need a four-door six-passenger car with good...

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Difference between "remanufactured" and "rebuilt" auto parts?

07.01.1996

I recently needed a new alternator for my Chevy When I asked about getting a rebuilt alternator it was recommended that I purchase a remanufactured alternator instead There is a substantial price difference the remanufactured one is more expensive Are...

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How is it that coolant, aka "anti-freeze", can protect against both hot and cold temperatures?

07.01.1996

This is not really a car question but it has to do with a car It will help you to know that I'm from Canada where winters are very cold My husband kept running away then I met this great...

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What do you think of the BMW 318ti?

07.01.1996

I'm thinking about buying a BMW ti I'm in my early s married with two dogs It seems to be just the type of car for people like me But since it's only been out for a year or so...

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Going through coolant like crazy but my garage floor doesn't show signs of leaks. Am I burning it?

07.01.1996

I'm a retired oldster and I drive a Chrysler LeBaron with a turbo I bought it new and it now has miles Shopping doctoring and occasional visiting are my only driving activities and I'm now using my neighborhood garage and...

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True or False: There are bacteria lining the roadways that eat up worn tire tread material.

07.01.1996

I saw one of your old columns in which you wondered what happened to all the tread worn off tires New Jersey was concerned about that some years ago and determined that bacteria had developed along major freeways like the...

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When should a battery be replaced in a car?

07.01.1996

When should the battery be replaced in a car My husband says that I should get a new one for my ' Olds Cutlass Supreme that has miles Since the battery has never acted up is it really necessary --...

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Are all cars constructed of the same materials? What should I look for when buying?

07.01.1996

Are all cars constructed of the same materials I know the bodies are made of a steel frame but what is the rest of the car made of I was told some cars have a lot of plastic -- doors...

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If the check engine light goes on after the car warms up, is it still a problem?

07.01.1996

If anyone ever told this female that I'd be looking forward to an automotive column every week I'd never have believed it But it's true I'm writing because our Mercury Marquis has an ailment that our mechanic cannot solve My...

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Are shocks impacted by weather?

07.01.1996

My car is a Ford Taurus GL bought secondhand last September with miles on it This past winter whenever the temperature went down to freezing or below the ride became very rough and even going over a little stone caused...

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Crankshaft started leaking after a timing belt change. Coincidence?

07.01.1996

The timing belt in my -cylinder Toyota Camry was replaced at miles at a foreign-car repair shop Upon a free complete auto inspection at the Toyota dealership a little over a year later it was discovered that the timing belt...

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Dealer always suggest more routine maintenance services than my owner's manual. Necessary?

07.01.1996

I took my Dodge Caravan into the dealer for the -mile maintenance expecting to have only the five items taken care of that are listed on the owner's manual maintenance schedule Inspect and Adjust Drive Belts Check Engine Coolant Level...

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Should I worry about a dipstick reading that shows oil ABOVE the full mark?

07.01.1996

Please settle a little argument my friend and I are having about engine oil levels I change the oil in my cars every miles I usually let the fast-oil-change places do the work More times than not when I check...

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