Timing belt maintenance isn't included in your Stanza's owner's manual...but you should still change it.

04.01.1998

I have an ' Nissan Stanza with about miles on it It has been a wonderful car and I've taken good care of it Recently I went in for new tires and the Goodyear store took me for a ride...

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You can guess what happens when Our Lousy Column runs in the Food section of your local rag -- more lousy jokes!

04.01.1998

As the proud owner of a ' Chevy pickup I have utilized and appreciated your technical prowess and humor Your efforts have helped me and obviously countless others deal with the love-hate relationships that are inevitable in motor vehicle ownership...

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Did I cause my boss' transmission to start slipping and, more importantly, should I tell him about it?

04.01.1998

Oh boy Here goes My boss left to go to Japan on vacation My boyfriend and I moved into his luxurious home to housesit and feed his prized cats He also said I could drive his Mercury Sable station wagon...

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My gas gauge goes straight to empty when the tank reaches half-full.

04.01.1998

I have a strange problem in my car which surprisingly has improved my dating life My gas gauge goes straight to empty when the tank reaches half-full So I appear to have run out of gas a lot which is...

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Help! I can't get the previous owner's cigarette smoke smell out of my new-to-me van.

04.01.1998

I recently purchased an ' Chevy Astro van for my wife at an auction My mechanic has done the necessary repairs and it looks like we got a fairly good deal The only problem is that the car stinks --...

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Is the "GM Morning Sickness" that's causing my steering problem a safety issue?

04.01.1998

I have a Olds Cutlass Ciera with a steering problem My mechanic tells me it's GM Morning Sickness where the steering is very stiff first thing in the morning but loosens up after five or minutes I got a free...

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True or false: It's possible to blow up your battery by starting your car with the AC on.

04.01.1998

I think Disney may make a movie about me Honey I Blew Up the Car I ran a -mile errand with the company car a ' Escort wagon with automatic transmission It was a hot day and I had the...

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What is the "dealer invoice price" and why does it change from dealer to dealer?

04.01.1998

I'm planning to buy a Chevy truck I got a price from one dealer and am now going to other dealers to see if they will beat it The first dealer showed me the invoice price with all the options...

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Teaching your mother-in-law how to drive a stick will be harder on more than just your clutch.

04.01.1998

I have a situation on my hands that I thought might tickle your funny bone My mother-in-law is coming to visit and stay with my husband and me for a long weekend During her visit she wants me to teach...

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Is it normal to lost power when shifting into "overdrive"?

04.01.1998

I have a question about my husband's Ford Ranger The Ranger has a standard transmission and a four-cylinder engine When we put the Ranger into Overdrive the rpm goes down but the engine loses power In order to climb a...

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Does getting oil on my timing belt mean it has to be changed?

04.01.1998

I own a Honda Accord with miles on it Last week when it was in for a valve adjustment it was discovered that the cam shaft oil seal was leaking Oil has gotten all over the timing belt The mechanic...

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Could a bad distributor cause gas to show up in my oil?

04.01.1998

I have gas in the oil of my Olds Cutlass Is it possible that a bad distributor is causing this -- Greg RAY Is it possible that space aliens were responsible for the Iran-Contra affair Sure But it's not very...

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Do I have any recourse for the deteriorating paint job on my Mercury?

04.01.1998

I have a Mercury Sable with miles and seriously deteriorating paint I bought the car new The guy at the independent paint shop said that the car's paint had been subject to a silent recall and that Mercury would repaint...

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What's your take on cruise control for short distances?

04.01.1998

My fiance and I have been arguing about of all things cruise control He loves to use the cruise control for even short distances three or four miles is fine with him I told him this is not good for...

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