Does running the AC use more gasoline?

09.01.1996

Is it true that one uses more gasoline while running the air conditioner in the car I have a friend who insists on driving with the windows open in order to save on gasoline usage Isn't it a health hazard...

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New brakes are clicking.

09.01.1996

I have a Ford Ranger X with miles on it I recently had new front brakes installed I got new pads new calipers and had the rotors turned Since then when I drive I hear a clicking noise When I...

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Your radio reception changes are due to either an electrical issue or a mechanical one. Here are some things you can test.

09.01.1996

I think I may have you both stumped but I hope not I have a Ford Taurus When driving with the radio on in the AM mode I get nothing but static However as soon as I apply the brakes...

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Can rustproofing your undercarriage actually do more harm than good?

09.01.1996

I'm an old geezer who last bought a new car in Obviously the manufacture and the warranties are different on my new Buick LeSabre Living in the rust belt I can't imagine NOT undercoating the underside of the car The...

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Is it possible to go oil-change-free with a roll of toilet paper?

09.01.1996

Please don't think this is a crank letter This is for real I have a friend who has a van with over miles on it and he's never changed the oil He put something on the filter that holds a...

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What do the letters in "STP" stand for...and does it work?

09.01.1996

For a few years I have been trying without success to find out just what the letters STP stand for Many calls to large impressive lubrication headquarters around the country revealed only that it is a trade name of the...

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After 90k miles, paying to replace CV boots is about right.

09.01.1996

I've talked to several Honda Accord owners who like me have had to replace cracked CV joint boots around miles -- at great expense If ozone and the weather make the rubber boot brittle and it cracks then why doesn't...

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Is all the hype about changing a timing belt at 60k miles just that? Hype?

09.01.1996

My Toyota dealer keeps sending advertisements warning me of the dire consequences that may befall me if I do not change my timing belt at miles Do I really need to replace the timing belt on my Corolla which now...

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How do speedometers work without a cable?

09.01.1996

I have just recently purchased a Dodge Caravan I was mystified when I heard that the speedometer doesn't have a cable anymore Could you explain how the speedometer works without a cable -- Steve RAY Will miracles never cease Next...

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Once you use one brand of oil in an engine do you have to stick with it?

09.01.1996

I change my own oil and filter in my cars every miles I try to buy the oil and filters when they're on sale to economize I have always heard that once you start to use an oil you should...

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WIll leaving my car in "overdrive" damage my engine?

09.01.1996

I recently bought a Pontiac Bonneville with Overdrive I'm getting more confused all the time about the use of the Overdrive feature Prior to my Bonneville I had a Chevy Caprice and I drove in overdrive all the time just...

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What's to blame for worn out front brakes: front-wheel drive or my driving style?

09.01.1996

Please settle an argument I am having with my boyfriend I own a Grand Prix STE This is the forth front-wheel-drive car I have owned I travel in stop-and-go traffic daily At miles I have had to replace my front...

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What do some vehicles need higher octane gasoline?

09.01.1996

Being one of those who marvels everytime I turn the switch and the car starts I would like to know why some vehicles need a higher octane gasoline -- Jeffrey TOM The simple answer is to stop them from pinging...

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Why are horsepower numbers listed as different rpms?

09.01.1996

I've noticed that my ' Taurus has horsepower at rpm The ' Taurus has horsepower at rpm Would my Taurus have horsepower at rpm too Why are the horsepower numbers listed at different rpm Is this just a numbers game...

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Is my car's flywheel problem typical of Camrys?

09.01.1996

I have a Toyota Camry Several times when I turn on the ignition to start the engine it sounds like the starter is turning but the engine isn't When I called my mechanic he thought it was teeth missing on...

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