Is it necessary to shift an automatic transmission out of "overdrive"?

06.01.2000

I have a Toyota Camry four-cylinder with an automatic transmission and overdrive My girlfriend uses it occasionally and feels it's ridiculous to manually engage disengage the overdrive when I tell her it's necessary to Her point is what's the use...

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What is the value of an ABW (Advanced Brake Warning) system?

06.01.2000

What can you tell me about the ABW Advanced Brake Warning system How come there isn't a law requiring its installation on all new cars like the third high-mounted brake light In Israel where I live dealers commonly install the...

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Why would Exxon stations be filling up their gas tanks from non-Exxon tanker trucks?

06.01.2000

A few months ago I pulled into my local Exxon station to fill 'er up I noticed a large tanker truck apparently delivering gas to the station's underground tanks But there were no signs on the truck that suggested it...

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You're not overheating, probably just missing a heat shield.

06.01.2000

I really need help getting mechanics to take me seriously I drive a ' Honda Accord EX that runs hot It overheats In spite of having the thermostat replaced and the radiator back-flushed the engine fan still turns on almost...

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I owe more on my car than it's worth...what can I do?

06.01.2000

I'm in a quandary My girlfriend and I are breaking up A year and a half ago I refinanced her car in my name so she could get a better interest rate on the loan She has lousy credit and...

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Why are my new mufflers LOUDER than the old one?

06.01.2000

For the past month I have been trying to get a certain muffler company to put a quiet muffler on my car I originally brought the car into the shop because of an incessant rattle I was informed that the...

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Why is my parking brake light coming on while I'm driving?

06.01.2000

I own a Toyota Corolla with a manual transmission The parking-brake light on the dashboard has started to come on This is fine when I have the parking brake on but now it happens when I am driving too It...

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Is it worth buying a new car to commute just 1.5 blocks every day?

06.01.2000

My wife wants to buy a new vehicle a Toyota Tacoma I heard many years ago that driving short distances wasn't good for the engine My wife works just one-and-a-half blocks from our home and she always drives to work...

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Is it just my imagination, or are headlights getting brighter?

06.01.2000

Is it my imagination or are headlights getting brighter Have you traveled at night recently I flash the brights so the oncoming driver will dim his car's lights and he flashes his brights back to show me they're already dimmed...

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Is there really such a thing as a muffler "weep hole"?

06.01.2000

A friend of mine has a ' Jeep Cherokee two-wheel drive that he took to the dealer recently because of an ever-so-slight exhaust noise coming from beneath the vehicle The service department told him that the noise was coming from...

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Not to split hairs, but there is a major difference between the words "damped" and "dampened".

06.01.2000

As a retired automotive engineer I enjoy reading your column Your recent column about a ' Ford Tempo caught my attention Your handling of the explanation of what a harmonic balancer is was well done because technical terms like outboard...

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How does static electricity dissipate before a gas nozzle comes in contact with a car?

06.01.2000

How does the static electricity that builds up on a moving car get dissipated before the gas-pump nozzle touches the fill pipe and causes a spark Just wondering -- Lawrence TOM Static electricity is dissipated through the car's tires Lawrence...

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