What might cause excessive static on my AM radio?

03.01.2001

What would be the most likely cause of excessive static on the AM radio band in my truck I can hear static popping at the same frequency as the engine rpm The static speeds up or slows down along with...

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Could a 25 mile tow-truck ride be responsible for my busted transmission?

03.01.2001

My ' GMC -ton four-wheel-drive pickup recently stranded me with a faulty fuel pump The dealer graciously towed me miles and called me the next day to inform me that not only would I be paying for a new fuel...

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Alas, motor mounts and radiators aren't "preventative maintenance".

03.01.2001

I have a ' Dodge Caravan with a Mitsubishi engine and miles on it I changed all of the hoses and belts at miles and I just had the transmission serviced and the radiator flushed I'd like to keep it...

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Should the throttle body casing be cleaned regularly?

03.01.2001

Help I'm afraid of my car I have a ' Chevy Camaro with a V- engine The car is in good condition and has been well-maintained The other day I was returning to the office from lunch and accelerated up...

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Do airbags have an expiration date? How do I know if it still works?

03.01.2001

There's a sticker on the driver's-side door of my Volvo DL wagon that tells me to replace or check the air bag by January of Should I worry about this or ignore it Is there an automotive sniff test to...

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Would it be safe to travel with approximately pounds of...

03.01.2001

Would it be safe to travel with approximately pounds of dry ice in the trunk of a car over a two- to three-day period There will be two adults and two pets traveling in the car -- Karen RAY As...

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Can you replace a manual transmission with an automatic?

03.01.2001

My -year-old mother owns a Ford Escort station wagon with a manual shift She has developed physical problems that keep her from driving the vehicle and we want her to exchange the car for one with an automatic transmission The...

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Is the ABS warning light on my dash urgent?

03.01.2001

I'm a -year-old-plus widow who needs your help I'm much better at being a grandmother than I am at figuring out the new features of my car I have a Mercury Grand Marquis LS It's a wonderful car and has...

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A dealer believes that independent mechanics are no longer cheaper than dealerships.

03.01.2001

Recently you wrote about whether the guy with the new Ford Focus should go to a dealer or to an independent for his service I think your answer might have been correct or so years ago but I think you...

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How much does that heavy tow package impact a vehicle's handling and performance?

03.01.2001

My wife is a faithful listener of your radio show and reader of your column so I know she will take your advice on this question She's interested in buying a Pontiac Aztek and I agree that the car would...

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