Why don't auto makers make an oil dipstick of any color except steel? That's the exact color of clean motor oil!

09.01.1998

I'm an old Yale Divinity School graduate with a question for you Why don't any auto makers make an oil dipstick of any color except steel That's the exact color of clean motor oil A different-colored dipstick would make it...

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How can I remove the smell of the mouse house that was located in my car's blower housing?

09.01.1998

My Honda Civic stinks Last summer we found mice in our Honda They were living in the blower housing We knew this because when we turned the fan on it sounded like the car was going to reach a resonant...

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If safety is my priority, what do you think of the Mazda Millenia?

09.01.1998

I would appreciate your help with a matter that has really been putting a wedge between my husband and me I am driving a Volvo with miles My daughter will start to drive in six months and I want to...

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Is it safe to remove the power steering from a car?

09.01.1998

My girlfriend and I read your column all the time Lately we've been trying to come up with an easy and convenient way to get more exercise I started wondering Is it safe to remove the power steering from a...

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A brother looks to prank his older brother...and turns to the masters for inspiration.

09.01.1998

I have a very vexing car question I have an extremely antagonistic older brother I'm he's I'm looking for the most devious possible practical jokes to play on him He's very bright and mechanically inclined so I thought I'd go...

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Is the tire patch the gas station attendant put on our vehicle safe to drive on?

09.01.1998

We've had a spate of flats lately The latest was on our Ford Taurus The puncture was right at the edge of the tread We had it fixed at a gas station and the attendant used only a plunger with...

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Can home-heating fuel be used in a diesel car?

09.01.1998

My father-in-law keeps pushing me to purchase any turbo diesel-powered car I drive miles a day to work and he keeps telling me about how much I could save The problem is he's not advocating that I use diesel fuel...

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What could cause three axles and three CV joints to blow in three days if it's not the motor mounts?

09.01.1998

Help My friend has a Dodge Caravan V with an automatic transmission The driver's-side axle has been replaced three times in four days The same thing keeps happening The inner CV joint keeps blowing apart within about yards All three...

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If you have an extended warranty do you still get to have a say in where you go for repairs and parts?

09.01.1998

In your experience do people who purchase extended warranties have to take what is offered when their vehicle is in need of repair or may we demand replacement parts better than scrap-yard parts -- David TOM Even though extended warranties...

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How can you tell when a U-joint is bad?

09.01.1998

How do you tell when a particular U-joint is bad I have the classic squeaking noise of a bad U-joint but my truck a Ford F has three different U-joints I tried prying each of them with a screwdriver figuring...

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How can I tell if the price a dealer is quoting me is reasonable, and what alternatives do I have to buy?

09.01.1998

We are buying a very popular car the Honda Accord and I was wondering what we should expect to get the car for based on the fact that they sell so well I asked the dealer to sell it to...

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My Bronco is still pulling to the side, even after $300 worht of alignment and bushings.

09.01.1998

I recently bought a Ford Bronco II It has a fairly bad pulling problem It's been pulling to the right since I've had it When I took it to the shop they replaced the two front bushings which connect the...

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What's with people filling their gas tanks with their engines running? Is it really not that dangerous?

09.01.1998

Help me out here I need to know if I have to start wearing my flameproof sweater next time I fill up at the neighborhood gas station The last two times that I filled up the tank at the local...

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