White smoke is coming out of Jim's Honda: new pope or something else?

08.01.1992

I own a Honda Accord five speed with miles I change the oil every miles and monitor all other vi tal fluids The car gets good gas mileage and runs fairly well but I have a problem with white smoke...

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What kind of damage is done after letting a car idle for 11 hours?

08.01.1992

Recently a friend of mine who carpools to work locked his keys in his car a Olds Cutlass Supreme at the meeting point for the carpool He went on to work without realizing this Fortunately when he returned to his...

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Driving down a steep hill, which is better: braking or downshifting?

08.01.1992

I live on a mountain The road from town to my home is steep and winding Near the top of the mountain is a sign by the side of the road advising trucks to shift to a lower gear An...

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Brand-named vs/ generic auto parts: is there a difference?

08.01.1992

Please settle a bet I just bought a Ford Explorer and so has my neighbor We have our oil changed at the same place and agree on the type of oil as well as the miles between changes We disagree...

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What's causing foam to appear in this Ford's oil filler cap?

08.01.1992

My daughter has a ' Ford Escort with miles on it Every few hundred miles a gray foaming material fills the oil filler cap Sometimes it has a greenish tinge The Ford dealer has advised her to drive it harder...

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Does using a car radio burn through more gas?

08.01.1992

My husband insists that driving with the car radio on uses extra gasoline except when the baseball games are on If the gas tank gets low he says we will run out of gas sooner if the radio is on...

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Can changing transmission fluid loosen the bands inside?

08.01.1992

I have a Grand Am with about miles I average about to miles a year I have kept up on regu larly scheduled maintenance oil changes every miles etc except for one item I have only had the transmission filter...

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Is there any hope for my "new" Dodge Dart?

08.01.1992

I recently purchased a Dodge Dart--don't laugh, the car has 61K original miles on a V- engine The original interior is nearly flawless and the paint still shines. I paid only $700 for the car.  Now here's the bad part ....

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Dealer qualifications.

08.01.1992

I'm currently in a state prison and I read your column regularly I'm wondering if you could tell me how to get a dealers license so I can buy and sell used vehicles when I get out Please tell me...

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What happens when you plug a jumper cable in to a cigarette lighter?

07.01.1992

There are jumper cables being advertised for use between cigarette lighters They look great Are they Bill TOM No they're not It's another case of something that sounds too good to be true and IS too good to be true...

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What could be causing the wandering miss in my Dodge Mirada?

07.01.1992

I have a Dodge Mirada with a cubic inch engine It has a wandering miss during idle with or without accessories on The cap and rotor were changed recently I am getting spark from the plug wires on both ends...

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How do you aim a newly installed headlight?

07.01.1992

Recently I replaced a burned out low beam headlight but could not find any information in either my owner's manual or on the headlight box about how to aim the new light properly I remember years ago the owner's manual...

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What is the plural of Lexus?

07.01.1992

My husband and I recently had a question we thought you might be able to answer This question is a little off-beat but we're curious What is the plural of Lexus Amy TOM Well Amy the problem is nobody knows...

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What sedan do you recommend for someone who doesn't have a Cadillac budget?

07.01.1992

My question to you is about the purchase of a new car I've heard you recommend the Cadillac STS as well as the Lexus LS But frankly even though I could afford it I have trouble paying that kind of...

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Why is my generator light always a little bit on?

07.01.1992

The generator light on my Chevy Citation stays dimly lit most of the time But I've taken it to a mechanic and the alternator has checked out fine What's the problem Tom TOM The problem is the guy who checked...

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