Are original factory parts better than dealer or auto store replacement parts?

06.01.1997

Are original factory parts better than dealer or auto store replacement parts -- Vince TOM Such an elegant simple short question It's too bad there isn't an equally elegant short answer to it RAY We can start by saying that...

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Help! My truck's fuel economy is getting worse and worse. I'm down to 6mpg!

06.01.1997

I have a Ford F with a V engine I get really bad mileage How bad is bad On a good day I get six mpg in town I don't take it on the highway much so I can't give...

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Would you recommend getting a block heater to improve passenger compartment heating in Colorado?

06.01.1997

I have an early Ford Explorer or I can't remember I live in Colorado where you can see purple mountains' majesty in the color of one's exposed skin on a brisk zero-degree day I would like to put an engine...

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Is the used car I'm looking at as good a deal as it seems?

06.01.1997

I have been driving a Cutlass Ciera for the last and a half years The car has miles on it and is in terrible condition no air or heat no horn no headliner no radio lots of dents and quite...

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Do I have to pay premium prices for premium gas if I live at high altitude?

06.01.1997

My owner's manual says I should use only regular unleaded gasoline rated at octane or higher However I live in Colorado and use octane The engine does not ping or knock at any time Since the price of octane gas...

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Is there any way I can tighten up the suspension on my Oldsmobile?

06.01.1997

My Olds Cutlass Ciera has been a great car for miles I'm wondering if it could be made to handle better It's a little bouncy and it sways a little when it corners Do you think if I got the...

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I constantly get zapped when I get out of my cars when the humidity is low.

06.01.1997

I constantly get zapped when I get out of my cars when the humidity is low Is there any way of stopping this short of dragging a chain from my undercarriage like the old fuel trucks used to do yeah...

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What is the correct way to use jumper cables to start one's car?

06.01.1997

Although it's too late for me since I've already done irreparable damage just what is the correct way to use jumper cables to start one's car I've heard every possible variation on how to connect and start one's dead car...

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Why won't anyone repair my spare "temporary" tire?

06.01.1997

Could someone tell me why a space-saver spare cannot be fixed I went to five gas stations and a tire store and got the same answer Because it's a temporary tire So what It's still made of rubber like other...

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I know your recommend a gas stabilizer for fuel storage, but my lawn mower motors seem to be running fine without it.

06.01.1997

Last year I forgot to drain out my gas in several lawn-mower-type motors and this spring they all started perfectly I know you guys have recommended a gasoline stabilizer for seasonal storage but how come my motors started right up...

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How can I tell if the 1968 car I just bought has 75k miles on it as advertised, or 175k?

06.01.1997

About a year ago I bought a Chevy Bel Air for supposedly with miles on it I don't know if the little old lady driving to church story was true or not but the interior looks good the doors and...

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Do I really have to change my timing chain at 100k miles?

06.01.1997

I own a Buick LeSabre which has miles on it It runs great and I am very satisfied with its performance The mechanic who does my repairs recently sent me a postcard telling me that after miles I'm due for...

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Why must both of these 4- and 8-cylinder engines run on 89 octane gas?

06.01.1997

I've been enjoying your amusingly informative column now for many years thinking I might never need your help This despite the fact that I gave my stepdaughter my ' Chevy Caprice station wagon with over miles on it But it...

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