Are engine flushes necessary?

07.01.2004

I have a question about engine flushing The other day I went to my usual mechanic for my -mile oil change and tire rotation and he tried to sell me on a Bilstein Engine Flush He showed me a vial...

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Diesel in a gasoline engine - what do I do?

07.01.2004

Neil's wife accidentally added diesel fuel to her gasoline-powered Honda Odyssey. They called two mechanics and got conflicting advice. Tom and Ray weigh in on who's right and what this mistake is going to cost them.

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My thermostat reads 210 degrees on warm days. Should I be worried?

07.01.2004

I'm part of the male population that in the past you have politely referred to as anal-retentive when it comes to car care I'm getting better though Thanks to your sage counseling I no longer shake the car to make...

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Are there any fuel efficient vehicles (e.g. hybrids) that are good on rough terrain?

07.01.2004

I live up in the mountains where I drive through snow in the winter and sometimes on dirt roads during the rest of the year I have an older Dodge Pickup but my tree-hugger friends are getting on me about...

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Would MacGyver's DIY radiator repair actually work in real life?

07.01.2004

I love your column guys I'm curious about a rerun of MacGyver that I saw last week He was trying to escape from San Arugula or someplace south of the border He found an abandoned jeep and of course got...

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A faulty thermostat is to blame for your freezing car.

07.01.2004

I'm having a problem that just started recently When I start the car it takes a while for the engine to warm up If I sit there eventually the temperature gauge will go up to normal But once I start...

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Recommended psi and maximum psi are two very different things when it comes to air pressure.

07.01.2004

It happened again I get my oil changed at Jiffy Lube and they inflate my tires to just under the maximum pressure indicated on the tire psi max I tell them that's wrong that you should go by the driver's-door...

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How can I cover my car in Astroturf?

07.01.2004

Soon I will be receiving as my first car -- drumroll please -- a Buick Roadmaster Station Wagon My parents have given me permission to decorate it in any way as long as it does not destroy the value of...

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Did leaving a clamp off my radiator hose do any lasting damage?

07.01.2004

About two months ago the Toyota dealer left a clamp off my radiator hose after servicing my car After almost making it home about miles the car began to steam This was my first hint that the car was overheating...

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