Is there a problem with mixing synthetic and conventional oils?

01.01.2002

I recently purchased a Mitsubishi Mirage The previous owner bragged that he used only the best oil in it and he showed me an empty quart of Mobil synthetic oil to prove it I bought the car because it was...

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Kitty litter as a traction device? It's a myth, folks.

01.01.2002

Please advise your readers Winter is here and I've heard this advice again Carry kitty litter in your car as a traction aid I assume the idiot giving this advice doesn't live in the North like I do With a...

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If you see water beading up, your car's waxed finish is fine.

01.01.2002

I'm years old and have a Mercury Marquis that will probably be my last car so I would like to keep it looking nice I run it through the local car wash at least once a month and it has...

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Am I a jerk for refusing to jump-start another vehicle?

01.01.2002

Following the advice of my mechanic I recently refused to give someone a jump-start for fear of racking up another bill for a new alternator Was I a bad Samaritan or was I justified in leaving this guy stranded --...

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Another case of defective airbags. Should Toyota replace the entire truck?

01.01.2002

My Toyota T- 's air bag deployed while I was parked in my garage with the motor running I had my seat belt on and I reached down to the passenger side took a small handicapped parking sign and put...

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I'm told tire air pressure should be within 15% of the tire's max. True or false?

01.01.2002

Recently I was told by my mechanic that one should keep one's tire pressure within percent of the maximum stated on the tire What is your take on this -- Hank TOM My take is that I would take my...

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A tribute to a fan we never knew we had.

01.01.2002

dedicated to Dan Gade a friend we didn't know we had until we read this obituary by Sally Ryen in The Davis Calif Enterprise Dan Gade not only restored cars but he restored hearts as well Students and staff at...

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Breaking in brake pads?

01.01.2002

I am writing to ask your opinion about some advice my husband gave me I have a Subaru Legacy with miles I just had the brake pads and rotors replaced My husband insists that I have to break them in...

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For once, your son isn't to blame...you have defective airbags.

01.01.2002

I have a new -week-old Ford Focus with miles on it My -year-old son was driving it alone at about mph and he decelerated quickly because he thought he missed his turn He is adamant that he didn't hit anything...

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Washing the car led to water up the tailpipe.

01.01.2002

Yesterday during my biannual car washing my -year-old squirted water up the tailpipe I did not see her do this but I was alerted when she came around to the front and asked Would it be OK to get that...

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Is it better to wait for the engine to warm up before turning on the heat?

01.01.2002

It gets a bit cold in the winter in Fairbanks Alaska and I have had an ongoing dispute with several wives and girlfriends about an important issue When a car has sat outside all night and one starts it in...

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