Fact or fiction: Cars shouldn't be touching while being jump-started.

11.01.2005

Why do I keep hearing that you should never allow two vehicles to touch while jump-starting one of the vehicles? I recently e-mailed a local radio-show host here in my area who does an auto-repair show on Tuesday evenings, but...

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Hurricane aftermath: Can you recommend vehicles that drive well in water?

11.01.2005

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I'm rethinking my requirements for a new car. I live in the barrier islands off the coast of Georgia. Several times a year, when the tide rises exceptionally high, I can't get home (or...

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Is replacing the standard drain plug on my Prius with a magnetic one worth it?

11.01.2005

Since getting my Toyota Prius a couple of years ago, I've become a bit of a car-maintenance priss. One of the ideas frequently asked about on the Prius Web sites has to do with exchanging the standard Toyota drain plug...

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Which came first, the blown tire or the broken strut?

11.01.2005

I am a woman who had a serious accident on the freeway this morning when I had a blown tire, lost control of my car ('94 Camry four-door sedan), hit the concrete divider, spun out of control and finally came...

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Blankets keep people warm at night -- how about engines?

11.01.2005

In the 1940s and early '50s, we had a big old buffalo robe, and I remember my "old man" putting this blanket on the hood of the car or on the engine to keep it warm in the winter...

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Any suggestions for a DIY locksmith?

11.01.2005

I was trying to get into my dad's car, which was locked, and I didn't have the key. My younger brother told me to pick the lock. So I put a piece of wood in the lock, and it broke...

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My plastic radiator blew in extreme stop-and-go traffic. Should I replace it with metal?

11.01.2005

I was in the mass exodus from Houston during Hurricane Rita when I got stuck in the slowest-moving traffic that I have ever been in. My car overheated, and the plastic side of the radiator exploded. One person told me...

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Does "valve lash" spell the end for this Ford engine?

11.01.2005

I drive a 1995 Ford Probe with roughly 138,000 miles on it. According to my mechanic, the rattlelike noise I hear as I drive is the result of valve tap. My mechanic indicated that it would be too expensive to repair. Can...

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