Turn signal isn't working until the car warms up.

12.01.2001

We recently bought a used Toyota Avalon which we love but we are concerned about one minor problem When you first start the car and for about the first five minutes of driving the turn signal will not work at...

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Check-engine light flickering but mechanic said it was the gas cap. Problem?

12.01.2001

I have a Oldsmobile with miles on it At about miles the check engine light came on and stayed on until I took it to the dealer later they told me the problem was a loose gas cap They turned...

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Is 33% markup standard on auto parts at my local mechanic's garage?

12.01.2001

I discovered recently that the parts used by my local repair shop are marked up by percent I take this to mean that if I went to the dealer and bought the same part it would have been a lot...

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How do I prevent a vinyl top from mildewing in a wet climate?

12.01.2001

I live in Florida and own a car with a vinyl top How do I keep the top from mildewing The car is parked outside all the time -- Arthur TOM Mildew is not a topic we're overly familiar with...

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Could bad tie rods keep a mechanic from being able to align my tires?

12.01.2001

How can you tell if your tie rods are loose and need to be replaced I got a lifetime alignment and when I went back to get the car realigned the mechanic said I needed to replace my tie rods...

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Will an interior air-filtration system help my allergies?

12.01.2001

Do car interior-air-filtration systems actually succeed at cleaning interior air I've been searching all over the Web for credible info on this but I can't zero in on any Clearly I'm desperate at this point I have a Honda Accord...

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What could be causing this Buick's slow morning starts?

12.01.2001

I have a Buick Century with more than miles that is very difficult to start but just in the morning It must be cranked several times before the car will finally start Once it has been started no problems are...

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Should 4WD be engaged regularly to keep it in good working order?

12.01.2001

Is it wise to occasionally activate a four-wheel-drive system to keep it in good working order My mechanic advises I do this for a short distance -- John RAY Well as my elderly Jewish grandmother would say It vuldn't hurt...

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Tachometer debate.

12.01.2001

Is the tachometer directly related to your forward speed or does it vary depending on the incline the vehicle is traveling on given that you are in the same gear the whole time We've been debating this question for two...

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Balancing tires requires seeing the wheel weights.

12.01.2001

My fiancee and I don't always see eye to eye especially when it comes to automobiles Most recently our disagreement was on the subject of wheel balancing As we were watching the technician go about his business clamping numerous weights...

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Using a 50 cent piece to hotwire a car?

12.01.2001

In the s and ' s I spent a fair amount of time in Ford V- s with my friend Herb Johnson When one of these Fords wouldn't start because of a low battery combined with a Minnesota winter morning...

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