Getting a shock from your car? Your tires might be to blame.

05.01.1997

I've heard that you both graduated from MIT in Mechanical Engineering If this is true then we have that in common But I hope we don't have my car problem in common My car builds up a static charge And...

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When I turn the ignition, it sounds as if the car is already running...but it's not.

05.01.1997

My Nissan SX gave me quite a scare I turned the ignition key and it sounded like the motor was already running I sat there for a minute thinking I had left my car running No I had the keys...

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Can you please explain what "overdrive" is and what purpose it serves?

05.01.1997

On my Camry there's a button called overdrive Can you please explain to me its functions and usage -- Mike TOM Yes Mike That's the mother-in-law ejection seat But it only works once Mike so make sure you wait until...

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What to do for a whiny Corolla?

05.01.1997

Toyota Corolla which produces a subtle high- pitched whine at - miles per hour Twice I have taken it to the dealer -- only to be informed that this is a normal drive-train noise One mechanic even suggested that the...

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What's the black dust that shows up on my beautiful gold-painted wheels?

05.01.1997

black soot forms on my wheels -- especially the front ones I own a ' Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with -inch polished aluminum gold-painted accent wheels They are sort of waffle-style with lots of cracks and crevices for this stuff...

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Should I bring my own Volvo oil filter with me to the quickie lube place?

05.01.1997

my overall knowledge of the intricacies of automobile repair is extremely deficient This has not been a problem for me though since I have an ex-boyfriend who considers himself quite the foreign-car motorhead He has owned a number of foreign...

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Trouble downshifting? Could be the torque converter clutch.

05.01.1997

Hill Fla where most of us drivers are over they sometimes call this God's Waiting Room I've enjoyed reading your responses to other people's problems for years and now it's my turn My Buick Century blue with sun-and-car-wash-damaged paint has...

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I just blew a spark plug but after putting it back in, the car runs fine. Do I need to do anything else?

05.01.1997

I was driving home from a friend's house and was on my way up a hill when I stopped at a Stop sign After restarting and letting the clutch out on my Ford Escort GT with miles on it the...

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When I turn on the AC it makes my Volvo smell like a litter box.

05.01.1997

My car is a ' Volvo When I first turn on the air conditioner it gives off an odor which makes me think the car is harboring a well-used cat-litter box This odor stink is more descriptive goes away after...

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