Does tire size impact your speedometer readings?

05.01.1999

I'm having a dispute with my father-in-law who in a past life was a large- vehicle diesel mechanic Even though I'm a banker with no mechanical training whatsoever I still think he must be wrong He swears that the size...

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Ideas for removing a spark plug that is stuck in place?

05.01.1999

After my wife left her Mercury Tracer at the dealer for a tuneup she received a call from the service manager He said one of the spark plugs was stuck and could not be removed without the risk of breaking...

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What do you think about adding a little vinegar before changing the coolant?

05.01.1999

I am writing about changing the coolant in my vehicles I have two cars and an RV that are ready for this service What do you think of applying a bit of vinegar into the system letting it circulate a...

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Is there anything that could cause comression loss that is a cheap fix?

05.01.1999

I have an ' Celica GT with the following problem It's as if the engine has absolutely no compression The starter engages the motor turns over I can see the timing belt turn there is spark at the spark plug...

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What could be causing problems with the battery, alternator and starter?

05.01.1999

I have an ' Mercury Grand Marquis with a V- engine and miles A year ago the battery died I recharged it and it died again I had the alternator and starter relay replaced After that the battery was fine...

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Why does automatic transmission fluid vary so much in price?

05.01.1999

Enclosed are some ads for automatic transmission fluid changes Why is there such a wide array of costs And why should I change the transmission fluid anyway -- Cliff RAY Good questions Cliff I see you've attached three expertly clipped...

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Should we be worried about Y2K?

05.01.1999

Regarding Y K what problems can we anticipate with current models What about older cars -- Tony TOM As far as we know there's absolutely nothing to worry about Of course I'm spending the fall getting my Schwinn tuned up...

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That thud in the back of your Caravan might be a loose exhaust pipe.

05.01.1999

I recently purchased a Dodge Caravan SE I really enjoy it but am wondering about a thudding noise that sounds a little like a dead body rolling around in the back of the van every time I accelerate quickly I...

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Can cold weather cause an engine to flood?

05.01.1999

Well I'm using that old line I'm writing for a friend But in this case it's actually true A friend of mine recently bought a brand-new Dodge Neon After five months of blissful ownership the Neon refused to start when...

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Those shimmying front wheels might indicate some warped rotors.

05.01.1999

I drive a Acura Legend with miles on it It has an annoying problem The front wheels shimmy when the brakes are applied The brake rotors have been turned the steering gearbox valve rack guide screw has been adjusted and...

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Every time I press the windshield wiper button my car stalls!

05.01.1999

It started last fall as I was driving my wife's ' Taurus When I depressed the windshield washer button the car immediately stalled I had to get the car towed to a Ford dealer who analyzed the problem and told...

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How do you pre-fill an oil filter that is mounted horizontally?

05.01.1999

I have a question about the advice you gave a few weeks ago When changing the oil you suggested filling the new oil filter with oil before putting it back on How do you keep the oil in the filter...

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