Is it true that Volkswagen designs their rotors to wear out at the same time as their brake pads?

08.01.2003

I have a VW Golf T which I have enjoyed owning -- except when I have taken it to the shop for brake pads When I brought it in at miles the dealer told me that I needed not only...

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What's the best way to go about having a mechanic check out a used car from a third party?

08.01.2003

I haven't bought a used car since when my mechanic dad helped me buy a Nova Here's my question I want to have my choice vetted by my own mechanic before the sale is final What are the logistics of...

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What does the formula on the gas pump mean?

08.01.2003

What is the formula on the gas pump all about R M -- what's the R What's the M -- James TOM It's all about octane James Octane is a hydrocarbon that when burned in an engine has a very...

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Is it necessary to rebalance the wheels when you rotate the tires?

08.01.2003

I have a Nissan Maxima that my wife took to the dealer for a -mile checkup The mechanic changed the oil rotated the tires and balanced the wheels My question is Is it necessary to rebalance the wheels each time...

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Is it necessary to change the oil if you don't drive the required 5,000 miles?

08.01.2003

I have a Lexus RX I am out of the country most of the year so I don't generate the miles necessary to require an oil change However my owner's manual suggests that the oil be changed every year anyway...

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Any comfortable vehicle suggestions for this traveling salesman?

08.01.2003

With miles on my ' Ford Explorer I've reluctantly decided it's time to take the plunge and start shopping for a new car As a traveling insurance salesman in LA not the city -- Lower Alabama I spend thousands of...

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Are convertibles unsafe?

08.01.2003

I have been lusting after a convertible for a number of years and recently found the car of my dreams a Saab turbo convertible It has a driver's-side air bag and anti-lock brakes However my know-it-all friend claims that all...

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I drilled a hole in my neighbor's gas tank, but I MIGHT have fixed it. Do I have to tell them?

08.01.2003

A neighbor asked me -- as the neighborhood fix-it guy -- to repair the torn-up carpet in the back of her car In the process of putting some screws with washers around and through the floor of the car I...

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My husband washes under the hood of our car with a garden hose. Bad idea?

08.01.2003

My husband is one of the smartest people I know He can also be one of the biggest knuckleheads if given the chance When my husband is done washing the car he will then open the hood and run the...

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