When I stop at a red light and am using headlights, wipers and AC, my car shakes like it's going to break apart.

03.01.1997

We have a Corsica four-cylinder with miles When I use the headlights windshield wipers and air conditioning and then stop for a red light the car feels like it's going to shake to pieces I can stop the vibration by...

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Are my car's squeaky brakes due to the weather, or should I have them checked out?

03.01.1997

I have a new Audi A with miles so far Lately I've noticed that the brakes emit a high-pitched noise when I step on them with any significant pressure My husband says it's because of the cold damp temperatures where...

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Any ideas what could be causing my previously reliable used Corolla to not start every time it rains?

03.01.1997

Help I own a Toyota Corolla four-door sedan with a five-speed transmission I bought it used and it was extremely reliable for a year then starting at the beginning of last summer every time it rains the car won't start...

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Is the "Cathodic Protection" that dealers are now offering a valid rust inhibitor?

03.01.1997

OK guys I went to buy a Honda Accord for my mom But those dealers always have something new up their sleeves This time it was Cathodic Protection aka Auto Saver System It's a little gizmo connected to your car's...

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What's the skinny on these $400 tune-ups that auto dealers offer?

03.01.1997

I need your help I know this is a very basic question but I hope you'll answer it anyway I drive a Honda Civic four-door great car knock on wood I haven't had a lick of trouble with it outside...

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Will frequent windshield wiper use wear down the windshield?

03.01.1997

My father is always telling me to turn my windshield wipers down or off whenever possible He says they will wear into the windshield glass especially at high speed Is this true -- Jessica TOM Your father is an unmitigated...

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My Mazda's accelerator pedal sticks in cold weather.

03.01.1997

My Mazda now has miles on it When the engine is cold no matter what the outside temperature the accelerator pedal sticks until I stomp on it -- with a certain amount of force -- after the engine is running...

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Do all cars get lower gas mileage during the winter months?

03.01.1997

I have a Honda Civic From June to October it got miles per gallon From mid-October through February it got only mpg The dealer says all cars get lower mileage in the winter due to the reformulation of gasolines They...

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What can be done about car doors freezing overnight?

03.01.1997

I have a Mazda and my car doors are freezing shut overnight I can't open them in the morning Is there something I can put on the rubber gasket to stop this from happening I'm really sick of climbing in...

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How do we know when to change a timing belt (or chain) when we can't see into the enging to look at it?

03.01.1997

We've been told that after so many miles the timing belt or timing chain should be changed or dire consequences will result Since we can't see inside the engine how do we know when to make this change I have...

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What can I do to help my rear-wheel drive Camaro handle better in the snow?

03.01.1997

I have a Camaro Z- with just about every option except for the automatic transmission It is really hot and the babes really dig it -- especially those really wide Z-rated tires I actually go out on dates now The...

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Help! It sounds like someone's rolling marbles around my car's rear tire area.

03.01.1997

Help My Toyota Tercel with almost miles has developed a strange scratching noise in the rear-tire area Sometimes it sounds like marbles pebbles or ball bearings are rolling around intermittently hitting against metal or plastic There's no real pattern Some...

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After new belts and tensioners, I'm still hearing a "tick-tick-tick".

03.01.1997

I have a Chevy Cavalier with a -liter four-cylinder engine and a three-speed transmission It makes a loud ticking noise--a fast tick tick tick tick The dealer has replaced belts and lifters It doesn't make the noise constantly but the...

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My Ford Escort feels too fast for me. Can you recommend something smaller?

03.01.1997

I am driving a Ford Escort It's a nice car but I find it is too fast for me Can you recommend a smaller car with the lowest possible horsepower and good brakes --Jeanne RAY Wow Jeanne This is the...

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Does my husband have to slow down to below 40 mph before flipping on the AC?

03.01.1997

It seems there are two schools of thought mine and my husband's on when the air conditioner can be turned on with the engine running I say it can be turned on at any speed He says you need to...

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