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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Jim's fuel gauge perpetually runs on empty.

11.01.1991

The fuel gauge on our Mercury Grand Marquis Wagon has stopped working The gauge reads empty at all times and the low fuel light is always on The service manager at the dealership says that the gas tank will have...

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Robert, and his cracked head

11.01.1991

I have a Diesel Rabbit that I'm very attached to I've owned it since it was new The problem is that there is an increasing amount of oil in the coolant reservoir It has miles on a rebuilt engine which...

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The shift-to-neutral-at-stop-signs controversy revisited.

11.01.1991

Some months ago you covered the shift-to-neutral-at-stop-signs controversy I would appreciate you going over this issue again My husband has this habit when waiting for the light to change to green I explained what you said about it in your...

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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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....and even more new car options.

10.01.1991

following our column for the last few weeks you know we've been talking about the options you can order on new cars these days RAY We've talked about safety features like air bags and anti-lock brakes We've talked about luxury...

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The Most Rusted List.

10.01.1991

I have a Monte Carlo with the original radiator fluid The car has miles I check the fluid each year and it registers about minus degrees Fahrenheit My friend insists I must change the fluid Is there any need Don...

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600,000 miles on the same engine!

10.01.1991

Maybe you can help me I'm trying to the get the address of the Chrysler Corporation I think they might be interested in my van I'm the original owner of a B Dodge Van I've personally put over miles on...

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How to purchase an after maker turbo charger...

10.01.1991

My family just purchased a Volvo diesel station wagon with a liter six cylinder engine We couldn't help but immediately notice it's severe lack of power For the model year Volvo introduced a turbo charger for the same engine we...

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Why two keys for a car?

10.01.1991

Why is it necessary to have two different keys for a vehicle--one to open the door and one to start the engine Wouldn't a single key would make life much easier Joseph RAY I think it's part of the government's...

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Blending gasolines...

10.01.1991

I'm a professor although not in engineering I have a ' Acura Legend that requires octane gasoline Most gas stations around here stock and octane One station stocks and at prices less than competitors If I fill half the tank...

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Driving 25 mph in fourth...

10.01.1991

My sister tried to tell me it was OK to drive my Geo Metro without engaging the clutch when I let her take it for a spin Luckily for me I had already read about how bad that is in...

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