What could be causing this Caddy to go through a new water pump every 12k miles?

07.01.2001

I have a Cadillac and my problem is water pumps Including the original pump I have had four pumps on this car since buying it new -- an average of miles per pump The first three pumps were new from...

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Is it possible to blow a main seal while changing a timing belt?

07.01.2001

Is my mechanic a crook I had the timing belt replaced on my Mitsubishi Eclipse The morning after I drove it home from the mechanic I noticed oil pouring out of the car It turns out that the rear main...

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Is it possible for an ignition spark to be TOO hot?

07.01.2001

Can one have too hot an ignition spark There are several aftermarket ignition systems available for older car engines most claiming to produce more voltage than stock systems But can you overdo it Will too hot a spark wear out...

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What to do with a sticky gas pedal?

07.01.2001

I have a ' Toyota Camry Wagon Lately I have been having trouble with the accelerator pedal It will stick sometimes and be hard to depress When a traffic light turns green I sometimes have to jab at the pedal...

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So many things could be damaged by hitting a curb at 30 mph - but get that front end checked pronto.

07.01.2001

Let's say a moron decided to take a shortcut through a parking lot at night This moron might drive a well-seasoned ' Dodge Dakota two-wheel-drive V- with an automatic transmission To the moron's surprise there was a curb in the...

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Tom and Ray propose ongoing testing for senior drivers.

07.01.2001

Recently you answered a question from Heidi whose -year-old mother had developed physical problems that kept her from driving a manual transmission Your advice to trade for a similar car with an automatic transmission made sound financial and mechanical sense...

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Any number of things could be causing this car to "diesel".

07.01.2001

I have an older car Jaguar that diesels or keeps running for several seconds after the engine is turned off Then it finally dies with quite a clatter Is there anything that would cause this besides carbon buildup in the...

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Why are dealerships so reluctant to do warranty repairs?

07.01.2001

I've been reading your column for a long time and I've noticed an interesting pattern in the questions I see a lot of dealerships trying to wait out customers on repairs that should be done under warranty I was under...

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What about renting garage space out to DIY car mechanics?

07.01.2001

A friend of mine was in Germany where they have garage bays that you can rent out and do some work on your car yourself This seems like a great idea Can you provide me with information on why these...

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What to do when a gas pump's readings don't match your car's gas gauge.

07.01.2001

A couple of weeks ago I went to Albuquerque N M on vacation I stopped to fill my ' Honda Civic with gas at a local station The tank holds gallons and according to the pump I took gallons But...

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Why is a pickup truck called a one-and-a-half-ton pickup?

07.01.2001

Why is a pickup truck called a one-and-a-half-ton pickup -- Nadeen TOM Great question Nadeen RAY A lot of people are confused by this When a pickup truck is said to be a one-and-a-half-ton pickup that means its payload capacity...

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