Are there any downsides to using a "remote oil filter"?

05.01.2000

I just purchased a new Mazda Miata Like many cars these days the oil filter is not exactly easy to get to I have seen advertised a remote oil filter It seems to be a device that screws into the...

Comments

Will the "magic pellets" I dropped into each cylinder prolong the life of my engine?

05.01.2000

I have a BMW e with miles I bought it when it had Lately I've been burning a quart of oil every to miles I can still buy W- for cents a quart and the quotes I've obtained on a...

Comments

What should I do if I don't know when my timing belt was last changed?

05.01.2000

You've often mentioned that timing belts should be replaced before they break because on some cars engine damage can be severe I own a Honda Accord LXi Due to a divorce I've lost some of my service records and I...

Comments

If you disconnect your battery will your settings for things like radios, clocks, etc. be lost?

05.01.2000

There's a guy named Bob Sikorsky who has an automotive column that I've seen in some other papers This past week he was asked the following question I've heard that when a battery is disconnected in a newer car all...

Comments

Is the "Auto Starter" a viable jump-starting alternative?

05.01.2000

My husband and I enjoy your column each week Thank you for the fun and useful information Editor's note -- this letter may have been mistakenly sent to Tom and Ray Enclosed is an advertisement for the Auto Starter a...

Comments

Do I need a name brand rebuilt carburetor or can I install generic?

05.01.2000

My pampered BMW e has miles on it It has been lovingly cared for and purrs like a kitten But recently it started sounding like a B- bomber The BMW mechanic showed me the catalytic converter and I saw where...

Comments

What should I do about the bullet holes in my Caddy?

05.01.2000

Gentlemen if I may use the term I have a Cadillac DeVille convertible that I won from a local radio station awhile ago I'm in the process of redoing it My problem is this The car originally came from the...

Comments

Does an engine have to be manually reprogrammed after installing a new battery?

05.01.2000

We have purchased a Buick Regal that has a dead battery It had been sitting for about six months We jumped it and drove it to an auto shop to have it checked out It was otherwise fine The auto-shop...

Comments

Why would my BMW recommend AGAINST rotating my car's tires?

05.01.2000

I have a BMW i sports edition -- and only one speeding ticket so far Shortly before a long road trip my dealer rotated my tires at a regular service at about miles Although the car still rode very well...

Comments

I just bought something called the "Platinum Gasaver" -- will it really improve my gas mileage?

05.01.2000

I found the enclosed article on the Platinum Gasaver from the National Fuelsaver Corp of Boston I bought one It cost me and is guaranteed to increase my gas mileage by percent The article explains that the Gasaver connects to...

Comments

Are manual transmissions generally more reliable than automatics?

05.01.2000

My wife and I are in the market for a new Toyota My wife insists on getting a manual transmission over an automatic She believes that automatics are more prone to breakage What's the deal Are automatic transmissions more or...

Comments