Pointing your mechanic in the right direction to address those noisy brakes.

06.01.1998

Help My husband is driving a Honda Accord that has about miles on it Recently we've noticed a loud screeching noise coming from the front right tire when he depresses the brake pedal anticipating your advice we checked for small...

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A dealer responds: why does everyone think it's OK to ask for wholesale pricing when buying a car?

06.01.1998

I'm responding to your article asking dealers to tell you what a dealer really pays for the cars he sells I've been retailing cars and trucks for almost nine years now and I can personally tell you that new car...

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Apple employee look for Tom and Ray's approval for buying a new VW Beetle.

06.01.1998

I am looking for a new commuter car that is both reliable and gets great gas mileage I work at Apple Computer so while I'm busy saving an American icon I don't want to have to worry about how I'm...

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Do I really need an oil pan gasket replacement to the tun of $200?

06.01.1998

I have a ' Honda Accord LX that I recently took in for a -mile service it has almost miles The nice mechanics informed me that I needed an oil pan gasket which is a real bargain at only Unfortunately...

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A dealer weighs in on how dealerships are able to survive on those razor-thin margins.

06.01.1998

As a former dealership sales manager I may be able to shed some light on how dealerships survive on those razor-thin invoice deals First of all you were absolutely right when you noted in your column that there are many...

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Having regret over disconnecting an odometer cable to adhere to lease terms. What can I do to make it up to the dealer?

06.01.1998

Help I think I'm in deep doo-doo The two-year lease on my Jeep Cherokee is about to expire I did the unthinkable I unhooked the odometer cable at the transmission But after miles my conscience won out and I reconnected...

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Is the short distance garage sale driving ruining our car?

06.01.1998

My wife and I have a Nissan Sentra with miles on it My wife is kind of stingy with our expenses and attends a lot of garage sales on Saturday mornings Typically she wakes up about in the morning and...

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What do you recommend I include in a toolbox that I'll keep in my car in case of breakdowns?

06.01.1998

I am involved in bird research during the spring and summer in western Oregon that has several times left me in the middle of nowhere with a car problem usually a flat tire I drive over extremely crummy roads and...

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Is it true that one shouldn't generally let a car run below a quarter tank of gas?

06.01.1998

I've heard from many different sources that it is unhealthy for a car to be low on gas often Allegedly it puts wear and tear on the engine if you always let it get to empty before refilling the tank...

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Can I put snow tires on just the two rear wheels of my rear-wheel drive Lexus?

06.01.1998

I drive a Lexus LS We live in the country and have a long steep driveway the driveway from hell when there is snow and ice And no paving it is not an option My Lexus has rear-wheel drive so...

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I may or may not have cost my friend's car a head gasket, but I don't know. Should I tell him?

06.01.1998

After I was involved in an accident a good friend lent me his stealth car a Honda Accord hatchback with miles on this engine I drove it for a week and may have killed it He warned me that it...

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Can my kids ride safely in a new truck?

06.01.1998

I have a brand-new baby and I'm looking for a new car Trucks are cheap and I've always wanted one like maybe a Ford Ranger The trouble is I can't find any info on kids and trucks Are they safe...

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A car dealer explains what "dealer invoice" really means.

06.01.1998

next three weeks we will be printing three responses to our column about dealer cost All are from dealers or former dealers who read the column The first which runs today details more specifics about dealer cost In the second...

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Is it possible to fix a winshield scratch without repalcing the windshield?

06.01.1998

I've got a Subaru Legacy Wagon which I LOVE But one day in some very heavy rain my windshield wiper blade sort of slipped out of its channel and the metal arm scratched my windshield I didn't even notice it...

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