How can we prevent another beloved pet from licking antifreeze off the ground?

08.01.1997

We recently lost a dear cat-friend and believe he died after consuming some antifreeze that had dripped in our driveway We are not negligent pet or car owners -- the darned thing had never leaked before We are terribly saddened...

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Will thumping away on the steering wheel with my drumsticks cause the airbag to deploy?

08.01.1997

Being a musical kind of guy I often pass the time at long lights by drumming on the steering wheel of my Mercedes C- with a pair of drumsticks I keep in the driver's door pocket Incredibly my -year-old daughter...

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Speculation on whether it's more aerodynamic to drive a truck with the tailgate up or down.

08.01.1997

My father wants me to do an experiment with our pickup truck on our upcoming drive from Seattle to L A He believes leaving the tailgate down will improve fuel economy by three to five miles per gallon We have...

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If I've let the transmission go without 100k miles, shoud I just continue to not maintain it?

08.01.1997

We recently contacted the local Aamco transmission shop about servicing our Chevy Blazer's automatic transmission which is working just fine The vehicle has almost miles of mostly highway driving The Aamco man said that it should have been serviced every...

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The starter, solenoid, and battery cables have all been replaced, so why the smoke coming from the ground wire?

08.01.1997

I have a Mercury Marquis sold to me by a family friend that has been a money pit and the bane of my existence for two years now The car was getting more and more difficult to start One day...

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How can you tell when a transmission is starting to weaken?

08.01.1997

I own a Ford Probe with an automatic transmission and miles I have heard and read that the transmission on this car is problematic I purchased the car with miles and aside from leaking in the rain and squeaking and...

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Is a $1,600 extended warranty on my Lexus worth it?

08.01.1997

I have a Lexus ES the cheap Lexus How I managed such a car is beside the point but I will own up to being good at saving money and being middle-aged In a year my warranty will expire and...

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Your wife DOES sound like a terrible driver, but your marriage comes first.

08.01.1997

I have no car problem My wife Elaine is the problem She has many driving quirks I'll name the three I consider most annoying The speed limit on our road is mph She goes the moment she gets to the...

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Could leaving the oil cap off have caused my car to die a month later?

08.01.1997

I have a Pontiac Sunbird with miles A couple of weeks ago my husband forgot to put the cap back over the oil filler tube under the hood About miles later I was going slow through a residential neighborhood and...

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Do two-stroke engines still exist in cars?

08.01.1997

The first car I drove in was a Saab with a two-stroke slant-three engine Friends jested that this was a lawnmower engine because I had to add a quart of oil to the gas tank every time I filled it...

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Smelling coolant in the tailpipe...I think.

08.01.1997

I have an ' Ford Mustang with a V engine and miles My problem is that a lot of steam comes out of the tailpipe Then when I step on the accelerator water comes out of the tailpipe and I...

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What has happened to all the gas station attendants who used to tell you your oil is low, or that your tire tread is worn?

08.01.1997

When I was younger I used to go to my friendly service-station guy Jack He'd shoot the breeze with me while he checked the oil the water in the battery and filled the car with gas Sometimes he'd even say...

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What gear is best to park in on a hill?

08.01.1997

Besides complaining about my driving my wife complains about how I park She says when I park facing downhill I should put my gear shift in Reverse And when I park facing uphill I should put the shifter in First...

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Don't let the dealership wait you out until your warranty expires.

08.01.1997

I have a Toyota Camry LE V with an automatic transmission and a little over miles on it It has been properly maintained At about - mph a high-pitched whine develops in the transmission while the accelerator pedal is depressed...

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A clutch release bearings salesman takes issue with Tom & Ray's clutch driving advice.

08.01.1997

OK guys it's time for both of you to sign up for Clutch and I just read your response to Susan You told her to leave her transmission in Neutral and her foot off the clutch pedal when stopped at...

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