Janet's husband: Car locks, and his A.T.S. ailment.

11.01.1991

This may be a trivial problem compared to some of the others but my husband insists on opening our car doors manually instead of using the automatic feature He uses the key on his side and then reaches over to...

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The Volare with the bad ballast resistor

11.01.1991

I have a Volare that's really been a great car In fact it's the only car I've ever owned However one small problem is that it won't start on cold days I have to park on an incline so that...

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Mechanics are taught to keep batteries off the floor.

11.01.1991

This may sound like a dumb question but maybe you guys can answer it and settle an old feud I'm having with several friends Back in the sixties and early seventies I worked in several service stations and repair shops...

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Timing bet changes: not so simple anymore.

11.01.1991

I own a Suzuki Swift GA that has miles I am concerned about the timing belt The dealership service department says I should replace it now Should I If it breaks will it damage the engine Don RAY There used...

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Cursed with gooey tires.

11.01.1991

Last September I purchased a Toyota MR I love the car and am enjoying every mile I do have one problem though My rear tires are wearing out twice as fast as the front ones They're Bridgestone RE Potenzas I...

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I hearby bequeath to you a jalopy!

11.01.1991

A dear relative has just passed away and willed us her four-door Plymouth Savoy The car is in very nice condition and runs well except that it has a worn drag link and idler arm--making it quite unsafe to drive...

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When the only answer is a goverNESS.

11.01.1991

I am a long time fan of your column and your radio show Here's my question My year old son has a Nissan SX with a five speed transmission He has a lot of trouble holding the speed below he...

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Addressing things that go "bump-d..." in the night.

11.01.1991

The highway I take to work has one lousy job of patchwork on it Every seam and pothole is just another bump What happens is you go bump-d-bump-d-bump-d-bump for several miles What does this do to wheel balance alignment and...

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Camping with Mr. Heavy Duty Springs.

11.01.1991

I own a Chevrolet three-quarter-ton pick-up truck When I purchased it the truck had a pound camper in the truck bed It has heavy duty springs to assist the load I recently sold the camper and have replaced it with...

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Sally's squeaking belts.

11.01.1991

We have a Chevrolet Celebrity and it screeches loudly It seems to have something to do with the air conditioner and acceleration I have heard other cars doing the same thing What's happening and is it fixable Sally TOM Well...

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A Demonstration: Why it's bad to negotiate in German

11.01.1991

I want to purchase a new BMW i in Germany in What should I know Where should I start How do I get it changed to American specifications Any info would be greatly appreciated Deborah TOM What should you know...

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"It's the Stingy Person who Spends the Most."

10.01.1991

I change my own oil and filter on my car A few years back I ran into a real deal on a few cases of W- oil rated at SF Recently I traded in my car and the new car...

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Still discussing new car options...

10.01.1991

are again still discussing options TOM I told you when we started discussing options that it was going to take a long time It takes as long to decide what options to buy these days as it does to decide...

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$2000 worth of Saran wrap.

10.01.1991

I own a Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible On Halloween someone played a prank on me which was not appreciated My clear plastic rear convertible window was slashed The cut is about three inches long and surgically straight I have been...

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Disk brakes: worthwhile or worthless?

10.01.1991

I claim that the disk brake is the biggest rip-off the manufacturers have come up with since the inner and outer bumper First of all disk brakes get wet more easily than drum brakes But the worst feature of the...

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