Can I convert my AWD car to front-wheel drive during the 6 months of the year with good weather?

01.01.1999

I have a Subaru Outback As you know this is an All-Wheel Drive vehicle in which the four-wheel drive mode is always on I got a flat tire soon after I bought the car While checking the owners manual for...

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How much does rust impact a vehicle's overall function and safety?

01.01.1999

How does excessive rust affect the suspension braking fuel lines and general safety of a vehicle How does rust affect the resale value of a car Should the owner of a car with excessive rust in the above systems be...

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A piece of plastic fell into my engine while filling it with oil. How much damage have I done?

01.01.1999

Two weeks ago I was putting a quart of oil into my Saturn SL Much to my horror the little plastic ring that's supposed to stay on the bottle after you twist off the cap fell into the engine It...

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Turns out a lot of you agree with us: Cell phone use while driving should be illegal.

01.01.1999

the amount of mail we received over the cell phone column we wrote some weeks ago While we expected to get hate mail from the cell phone industry we'll print that in an upcoming column we were stunned by how...

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What's causing my air filter to clog up with gasoline?

01.01.1999

I am and have been trying to call your radio show for the past years well it seems like it and all I get is a busy signal Before I die I need an answer to the question I've been...

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How can I turn off my annoying daytime running lights?

01.01.1999

I have a Chevy pickup and I'm trying to turn off those annoying daytime running lights DRLs Any suggestions as to how I can go about it -- Gregg TOM How about a hammer RAY Actually you should start by...

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Can radiators "rot"?

01.01.1999

I have a question about radiators I own a Honda Accord EX with -plus miles on it During the -mile inspection the technician found a small spot on the radiator that was beginning to rot He recommended the radiator be...

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Is it reasonable for me to expect that a new car I buy from a dealer should have zero miles on it?

01.01.1999

I have a question about my last car-shopping experience which was five years and miles ago the horror is still with me I settled upon the purchase of a new Mazda The salesman happily informed me that there was one...

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How can I keep my battery charged when I don't drive very often?

01.01.1999

My ' Dodge Aries K wagon has miles on it I park it in the garage year- round Because of a disability I no longer work so my car sits a lot except for trips to the doctor and shopping...

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Is it better to park in a flat space instead of a slanted one?

01.01.1999

A guy that I have been working with over the past two decades and I have a running argument about regularly parking on a slant At two different companies where we've both worked the parking lots are multilevel and there...

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Which carburetor should I buy: the one rebuilt by my local garage or by the factory?

01.01.1999

I'm having carburetor problems I've been told I have two choices -- No Have the carburetor rebuilt at my local garage or No Buy a factory rebuilt carburetor from an auto parts store The cost seems to be about the...

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Marital disagreement: to build a Lotus or remodel the kitchen?

01.01.1999

My husband Tom and I need some marriage counseling We have been married for years and have weathered a variety of car disagreements but the current one is the most difficult Tom who is in midlife wants to buy a...

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Is idling the engine with the AC on hurting my 150k mile Corolla?

01.01.1999

My husband is retired And since we enjoy each other's company very much he always goes to the grocery store with me While I shop he stays in the car reading books The problem is in the summer In order...

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