$124 for two extra Honda keys...why so pricey?

04.01.1999

We recently purchased our fourth Honda Accord and I am now disgusted amazed angry and upset I went back to the dealer to get two keys for my wife Normally the cost would be about six bucks The dealer said...

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We don't "recommend" against cell-phone use while driving, we think it should be banned outright.

04.01.1999

I recently read a letter in your column concerning a gentleman who was looking for a wireless phone to use while in his car In your response you said that wireless phones are unsafe for use in automobiles I would...

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Do my wheel bearings need any maintenance if they are sealed?

04.01.1999

I have a Chevy Cavalier that has more than miles on it and a Buick Skylark with miles on it Should I be concerned about whether the rear wheel bearings need attention They're supposed to be sealed bearings but even...

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That "300 clicks per minute" sound you hear is your clutch trying to get your attention.

04.01.1999

I have a Ford Ranger pickup with miles on it About six months ago it started making a rapid ticking tapping sound at the rate of about ticks per minute It happens all the time regardless of whether or not...

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Ford Escort or BMW for a 16-Year-Old Boy?

04.01.1999

16-year-old Matt says he's looking for a car to get him to and from his burger flipping job. But Tom and Ray see through this question and get to the real heart of the matter.

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How do I get the drain plug out after turning a hex nut into a ROUND nut?

04.01.1999

I have been changing my oil every miles religiously for close to years On a recent oil-change attempt on my Toyota Camry notice I said attempt I was unable to get the oil drain plug out of the oil pan...

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Is the temperature really spiking, or do you have a faulty gauge?

04.01.1999

Help I've got a Plymouth Acclaim When I start it up in the morning the temperature gauge goes all the way to hot for a couple of minutes then drops back down to halfway and stays there after that It...

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Why the switch from timing chains to timing belts?

04.01.1999

I'm old enough to remember when cars had steel timing chains instead of rubber timing belts Finding a broken timing chain was as rare as finding a chicken with teeth My question is Why did manufacturers switch over to timing...

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If everything dies except for the engine, start by looking at the wiring that runs through your firewall.

04.01.1999

I have recently purchased a used Pontiac Bonneville SSEi It has miles on it and seemed to run fine until last night My wife and I were returning home from visiting our daughter at college About miles into the trip...

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What's causing the funky wear pattern on my tires?

04.01.1999

I have a ' Toyota Corolla Despite having bought new tires and having several wheel alignments I still get a sawtooth-shaped tire wear pattern Each little nub of rubber on the tire becomes individually slanted like the teeth on a...

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The AC goes out when I drive through puddles.

04.01.1999

I bought a used four-cylinder Toyota Camry The air conditioner goes out whenever I drive through a not-too-deep water puddle I asked the service manager about it and he said it's a safety precaution My owner's manual states that when...

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Should I go with the body repair shops that want to replace my roof or the one who wants to try and repair it?

04.01.1999

I sent my Grand Voyager to a service center for a oil and filter change They later phoned me up to advise me that my vehicle was ready and that there had been an incident whereby a dent had been...

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Do batteries need to be set a a rubber mat in the garage?

04.01.1999

I am a middle school science teacher who is questioning a time-honored warning handed down to me from my grandfather My wife and I were cleaning the garage when I was shocked to see a car battery resting on the...

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