What would cause a car to run fine for a few miles, then start bucking, kicking and die?

05.01.1998

I have a Nissan Pulsar NX with a five-speed transmission It's in really great shape and usually runs well Recently though it has developed an annoying habit of dying a slow - to -second death complete with shivers and shakes...

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Is it purely coincidence that I've gone through three different gaskets in a year?

05.01.1998

I own a ' Dodge Caravan with miles When the van had miles I started noticing oil spots on the driveway and garage floor Four hundred dollars and a new head gasket later the oil leak was supposed to be...

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How do I get car wax off my windshield?

05.01.1998

I get my car washed at the gas station car wash a couple of times a month and always get the super duper package which includes spray-on wax Now I know that I am supposed to wash and wax my...

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Advice on switching a Ford Pinto's steering column to manual steering.

05.01.1998

I live right in New York I've got a Ford Pinto Wagon that came from Florida It's in very good shape ugly green though To me it's worth fixing but to a limit Right now I'm driving it with no...

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Can I disconnect the airbags of my wife's car...for her own good?

05.01.1998

I own a Honda Accord EX I got married and haven't driven the car since She drives the Accord and I've been banished to her old car a Chevy Beretta I would like to disconnect the air bags on the...

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Is there a car part equivalent of the appendix?

05.01.1998

I'm a registered nurse and I have a question that is somewhat medical in origin The appendix is an organ that is believed to have once had a function but is now without purpose except as an income generator for...

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Is throttle-body cleaning really necessary maintenance?

05.01.1998

My four-cylinder Dodge Caravan has miles on it The dealer says I need new plugs plus I need to have the throttle body cleaned This sounds like the old gag from Mad magazine about replacing the thelman wire Is this...

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What happens to a car when you drop it on its side from six feet up?

05.01.1998

MAGLIOZZI Dear Tom and Ray I am in a quandary as to how to proceed Yesterday we took my wife's ' Olds Cutlass Ciera with miles to a shop for four new tires and an alignment The next thing I...

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How can I keep water out of my headlights?

05.01.1998

I am a pre-med student at the University of Michigan and I have a constant problem with my Ford Escort a k a the Esco-Porsche Ha The headlights constantly have about three inches of water in them They look like...

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Can I improve my car's clearance by simply buying bigger tires?

05.01.1998

We live up a very steep and unforgiving road on the north side of St Thomas U S Virgin Islands There are several spots that require exceptional steering dexterity Top speed is about mph The bottom of our Honda Civic...

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The "check engine light" comes on every once in a while but my mechanic says everything checks out. Should I worry?

05.01.1998

I drive an ' Dodge Colt I have a question about my little treasure After I drive my car for about a mile the Check Engine light comes on It goes out again within five minutes This happens just about...

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Should I be concerned about my "milky" looking oil?

05.01.1998

I have a Taurus SHO with miles Last week I had the oil changed and the attendant advised me that my old oil appeared milky When I asked him what that meant he could only offer a shrug and a...

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Why can our mechanic get our van to pass emissions, but we can't?

05.01.1998

We own a Chevy Van which we bought used Since we've owned it it has not passed our state emissions test We bring it in and it doesn't pass Then we take it to our mechanic and he brings it...

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What can I do to be alerted that my turn signals are still on, short of getting a hearing aid (not an option)?

05.01.1998

Do you know of any device that would alert someone that the directional lights are still blinking I have a hearing deficit please don't suggest a hearing aid and I know the blinking is annoying and perhaps dangerous to other...

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