Cars that are expensive to buy are expensive to maintain.

07.01.1998

Today has been the best of days and today has been the worst of days I got a call from my husband that announced we were new owners of a Mercedes d I was elated because I've always wanted a...

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Do I need to turn off every accessory (fan, radio, etc) before restarting the manual transmission I'm learning to drive?

07.01.1998

I have one of those marital strife-type questions for you Both of our cars have standard transmissions and I am new to the world of driving a stick shift car Mind you I'm much better now than I was a...

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Now here's a midlife crisis car purchase that we can get excited about.

07.01.1998

I am having a genuine bona fide midlife crisis I can tell because I think I am acting the way all my friends say guys act when they have midlife crises I want to ditch a perfectly good reliable Honda...

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Which way does the coolant run when cooling down the engine?

07.01.1998

I need some help My roommate and I have a serious bet going on He thinks he knows everything about cars and I DO know everything about cars just kidding He says that the cooling system runs water from the...

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What's your recommendation for an SUV to drive around Africa for a year?

07.01.1998

My daughter and I want to go to Africa buy a car and travel around for a year I am she is and we are both in reasonably good health We have agreed that if one of us begins to...

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Gas is getting into the oil pan.

07.01.1998

I have been working on a feed truck for some time The gas is getting into the oil pan I put on a new carburetor and that didn't stop it I put on a new fuel pump and that didn't...

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Does revving the engine regularly while doing 70 mph harm the transmission?

07.01.1998

My wife has a Toyota Camry A great car of course but she's doing something I believe is going to lead to premature replacement of her automatic transmission As she drives at a steady speed say on the highway she...

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Is the rotational speed of double overhead cams the same as a single?

07.01.1998

I'm hoping that you two automotive geniuses I'm not kidding can settle a bet that I have with a co-worker He maintains that the benefit of double overhead cams is that the cams can rotate at half the speed of...

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Could adding AC to a used car be a DIY project?

07.01.1998

My relationship with my ' Mercury Tracer is in trouble We've been together through many winters in Alaska but now that we are living in Southern California the bloom is off the rose You see the car has no air...

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How can I keep the battery charged in my son's car while he's traveling?

07.01.1998

I want to know if I'm doing the right thing Since my son graduated from college four years ago I have been babysitting on and off for his Honda Accord with miles All this time he has been roaming the...

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Help me convert my sweetheart from a two-footed driver to a "proper" driver.

07.01.1998

I am the proud owner of a Subaru Legacy Wagon and have been the sole driver of this car until recently for percent of its miles Obviously the key words here are until recently For the past year and a...

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Would those "Engine Overhall" pellets I've seen advertised help stave off an engine rebuild?

07.01.1998

I have a Plymouth Voyager with an oil-gulping -liter V engine The old gal has miles on her and runs pretty well except for all the blue smoke I've been told by one mechanic that I need my valve guide...

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If it's not the fuel filter causing you to stall, your next best bet is the fuel pump.

07.01.1998

I have a Subaru wagon which has been treated nicely all of its long life It has about miles on it and has never given me any trouble until recently when it decided not to run It would start and...

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If my front-end starts to go, will I have any warning this time?

07.01.1998

I too once owned a Dodge Dart and it was a very good car giving me miles of relatively trouble-free driving However one day as I drove down the freeway the front end gave out The ball joints let loose...

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