Help! My dashboard sounds like it's gurgling.

07.01.1997

I have an ' Toyota truck that makes a wild loud gurgling sound whenever I turn on the heater There's plenty of water in the radiator The heat seems to work fine but this weird noise comes out from the...

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My car doesn't have cruise control...but it acts like it does.

07.01.1997

I've been driving my standard-transmission ' Ford Escort for miles and just discovered it has a feature I don't want virtual cruise control It doesn't have cruise control but it sometimes acts like it does Sometimes when I take my...

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Help us fix our radio antennae so we can listen to your Lousy Show.

07.01.1997

I'm sure you guys will come up with something funny to say about this but my wife and I are pretty mad about it Our Toyota Camry has a temperamental power antenna that does not like to come up after...

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It's taking 15 seconds for my wifes transmission to shift from "drive" to "park". Couldn't she just live with that?

07.01.1997

My wife has a nearly new Chevrolet Cavalier wagon with a -liter V It's an automatic and has miles on it but it's developed a shifting problem When the car is cold at the beginning of the day it takes...

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Should I go back to the mechanic who didn't tighten the lugnuts on my wheels?

07.01.1997

Last weekend I was driving down the highway when I noticed that my ' Honda Civic was considerably louder than usual The noise was coming from the right rear tire I pulled off the road as soon as I could...

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Do I have to get my disc brakes machined every time the pads are replaced?

07.01.1997

My question concerns disc brakes Every time my local brake shop replaces my brake pads they always insist upon machining refinishing the discs After a few pad replacements the discs are then too thin to be machined and I have...

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Which octane is best for our cars: 87, 89, or 93?

07.01.1997

My wife Gert and I read your column every week and enjoy it Please clear something up for us about gasoline octane There is and at our local gas station Which one is best for our cars We have a...

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Is draining oil better than siphoning it out?

07.01.1997

The quick-oil-change dealer in my town has begun to siphon the oil from cars through the dipstick tube He still changes the filter and the new oil looks clean But it seems to me that debris could be left in...

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The owner of a brake shop is hot under the collar after Tom & Ray recommend using factory brake pads on a Nissan.

07.01.1997

I own a Porsche and a subscription to my newspaper It's the newspaper I'm having trouble with Judy wrote to you a while back with squealing brakes on her Nissan ZX She had just had Wagner pads put in and...

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With a new short block, crankcase and sensor, why is my car still overheating?

07.01.1997

I have an ' Olds Cutlass Ciera with miles on it and it has been a great little car To make a long story short I was having a problem with overheating and my GM dealer examined the car and...

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Which brother will spend the most on car repairs: the one with the Volvo or with the Vanagon?

07.01.1997

My brother and his wife like to snicker at what they perceive to be the high cost of repairs that my wife and I occasionally incur on our vehicles -- an ' Volvo DL sedan and an ' Volvo DL...

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Which settings on my new charger should I use to charge my batteries?

07.01.1997

I have received a battery charger as a gift It has the following settings on it -volt amp -volt amp -volt amp I have a Oldsmobile a ' Chevy pickup truck and a Snapper rider mower Which of the above...

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My diesel engine won't start anymore when the temperature drops. What are my options?

07.01.1997

I have a Mercedes D with miles In the warm months I have no problem starting this car But for the past couple of winters it struggled to start when the temperature fell to around F and refused to start...

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