Where can I find a wiring diagram for a 1956 Mercury Monterey?

12.01.1997

I am looking for a print of a wiring diagram for a Mercury Monterey I am mostly interested in the gas- and oil-gauge section -- Michel TOM Do you want a framed print And does it have to be original...

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Which is more economical in the long run: buying new or used?

12.01.1997

I have a Honda Civic WD wagon which I bought a year ago for It's been wonderful and absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it My boyfriend has a Mustang which he's trying to sell now that he has me...

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No matter how poorly you've maintained your Buick, you still couldn't be possible for a timing chain failure at 34k miles.

12.01.1997

My wife has a Buick Skylark which seems to be overly plagued by problems Most recently at miles the timing chain broke The car was towed to a local Buick dealer They said the cause was poor maintenance and they...

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When an automatic is stopped at a light, and you take your foot off the brake, should the car move forward on its own?

12.01.1997

Guys I know you love solving bets And in this bet you get the added bonus of getting involved in a marital squabble too He says When a car with an automatic transmission is stopped say at a stop light...

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Is it possible to find a reliable car for our college student daughter with a daily 1.5 hour commute?

12.01.1997

Your column is very informative and a big help to me a parent with two teen-age drivers What advice can you give me in looking for a used reliable car for my daughter who will be commuting to college next...

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You paid for a new starter, but it was replacing the $11 "neutral safety switch" that fixed your Suburban.

12.01.1997

I had a problem with my ' Chevrolet Suburban For a period of approximately one month I could not get the engine started I'd turn the key and nothing at all would happen When I moved the shift handle slightly...

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Will putting heavier weight oil in my engine cause it to blow if the engine's already on its way out?

12.01.1997

I have an elderly car a Pontiac I took it in for an oil change the other day after I noticed a slight clicking noise At the oil-change shop the fellow said he couldn't change my oil because the clicking...

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When Should You Turn Off Traction Control?

12.01.1997

The traction control on Ken's Ford Contour can be turned on and off. Ken wonders, if traction control is so great, why would he ever want to turn it off? Tom and Ray manage to come up with one idea, which isn't bad, considering their track record!

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Am I spending money needlessly on premium gasoline?

12.01.1997

We purchased a ' Nissan Maxima automatic in January and love it The owner's manual recommends unleaded premium gasoline with an octane rating of at least It also says If unleaded premium is unavailable unleaded regular gasoline with an octane...

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Worry less about the power distribution to the wheels in your truck and focus on getting better quality tires.

12.01.1997

Since early childhood I have been told by many a cigar-smoking wrench-toting grease-covered mechanic that a normal rear differential delivers power to only one rear wheel I was further told that this phenomenon was so complicated and required such advanced...

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I installed a rebuilt Caddy engine in my Suburban and am now using a quart of oil every 300 miles.

12.01.1997

I have a significant mystery on my hands I installed a completely rebuilt -cubic-inch Cadillac engine in my GMC Suburban I then towed a travel trailer miles and it used a quart of oil every miles I'm not leaking any...

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Is warming up a car for 45 minutes (!) every morning harming the car?

12.01.1997

My husband Gary reads your column every week and since he and I are disagreeing about a car matter I thought I'd write and ask your opinion unbeknownst to Gary The first thing Gary does every morning during the winter...

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Is using the clutch to hold my car on the hills burning it up?

12.01.1997

Please help me settle a little dispute I have been having with my gorgeous bride for some time It is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect marriage She insists that using the clutch to hold a car on a...

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