Why don't car manufacturers all put the gas filler on the same side of their cars?

11.01.1998

Why do some manufacturers build their cars with the gas-tank filler tube on the driver's side and some put it on the passenger side My theory was that my Subaru had the gas- tank filler on the right side because...

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Is there anything I can do to make my truck ride a bit more like a Lexus?

11.01.1998

As the head of Buildings and Grounds for my family I needed and purchased a Nissan X pickup truck Unfortunately my real work fundraising consultant to snooty private schools requires that I log many miles especially on the New Jersey...

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Why do struts have to be replaced in pairs?

11.01.1998

I've got a simple question Why do struts have to be replaced in pairs I have a ' Cavalier that had new struts put on a year ago after getting hit while parked The same thing happened this year and...

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Is there any reason that the threads on the lug nuts of a Dodge Dart are threaded in the opposite direction of all other cars?

11.01.1998

Last night I was sitting on my porch having a cold one and my girlfriend mentioned to me that she would like me to show her how to change a tire As I began to confidently explain to her the...

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Did I ruin my engine by dropping a plastic nozzle down into the manifold intake?

11.01.1998

This evening I cleaned the manifold of my ' Taurus using a spray-type manifold cleaner As I was spraying the stuff into the manifold while the car was running the little red nozzle extension was sucked off and proceeded to...

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When it comes to "badge engineering" is there any benefit to buying a Honda over an Isuzu if the cars are basically the same vehicle?

11.01.1998

I nearly got into an argument with a friend about badge engineering I know the Honda Passport is the same as the Isuzu Rodeo As far as I can tell the Honda and the Isuzu are identical except for three...

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A cloud of white smoke blasts through the vents when I turn the AC on.

11.01.1998

I park every day feet from where Bill Gates parks his Lexus I enjoy having my beat-up little Pontiac parked wheel-to-wheel with those foreign luxury millionaire non-previously-owned vehicles Lately I've noticed a noxious odor coming through the air vents to...

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We hear from a fan of Saturn's "one sticker car price" pricing strategy.

11.01.1998

I just want to thank you for your discussion of car dealers and your backing of the one sticker price idea I was in a car accident and my car was totaled so I had to buy a new car...

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What happens if you shift from "drive" to "neutral" while in cruise control?

11.01.1998

What would happen if you suddenly thrust your shifter from Drive to Neutral while the car is on cruise control Does it screw up the transmission at all I want to try it but I am scared that it will...

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I've got a lot of play in my clutch pedal which changes according to temperature.

11.01.1998

I'm driving a Nissan x pickup four-cylinder with roughly miles on it Recently I've noticed that the clutch pedal has excessive play I adjusted the pedal but found to my surprise that early in the morning when it's cool out...

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Why do dealers charge a delivery fee when you pick the car up from them?

11.01.1998

My friend just bought a new car and paid a delivery charge of We were wondering if you could help us understand why he had to pay this charge Keep in mind that he picked up the car from the...

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If the differential drain plug is tightened to factory specifications, could it vibrate loose under normal driving conditions?

11.01.1998

My Toyota Camry's transmission just failed completely at miles It seems the differential drain plug was only finger-tight when they removed the transmission and because of that the fluid had leaked out There was less than a pint of fluid...

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Will a new fuse fix my faulty cigarette lighter?

11.01.1998

My wife and I just had our first child a boy And yes you guessed right the names Tom and Ray were at the very bottom of our list right below Pius XII and Heidi In any case we just...

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