Where do all the owner's manuals go?

08.01.1991

I just bought a used Ford Escort The problem is that it came without an owner's manual Do you know where I could get one Diane TOM You've raised one of the great unanswered questions of all time Diane Where...

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The '63 Dart is a classic!

08.01.1991

As a long-time fan of your column and your radio show I have determined that one of you owns a Dodge Dart as old as mine I have a I hope to keep using this car for the rest of...

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Don't hide your head in the sand!

08.01.1991

I have a AMC Concord which I towed from El Paso to Florida I disconnected the drive shaft before starting out After arriving I reconnected it Now when starting with a cold engine it shifts out of gear like it's...

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Are C-V joints ever supposed to click and clack?

08.01.1991

Are C-V joints ever supposed to click and clack When I turn the wheel of my car full left or full right at very low speeds forward or reverse we hear click-click-click or clack-clack-clack from the front end The car...

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Have a heart to heart with the repair shop...

08.01.1991

I have a Plymouth Reliant Recently I replaced the oil pan because the threads that hold the oil plug were stripped The repair shop had told me previously on two appointments for lube and oil that they put in a...

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Cleaning fuel injectors with transmission fluid and gasoline...?

08.01.1991

I have a Ford Taurus I told a friend that I was going to get my fuel injectors cleaned He said to use a pint of transmission fluid in a tank of gas which he has been doing for some...

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Owner's manual versus sage brotherly advice?

07.01.1991

The owner's manual of my Chevy Nova recommends limiting my maximum speed during the first miles which I did My brother who is a mechanic in the Navy says that's a bunch of baloney Who's right Mary Jo RAY You're...

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Noises can be elusive...so listen hard!

07.01.1991

At our house we drive an ' Ford Tempo It's a great car except that in the last few months it continually makes a sound kind of like water boiling We took it to a garage and they put in...

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A bad radiator cap.

07.01.1991

I have a diesel Chevy Malibu wagon The problem is that the water from the radiator is drawn into and overflows the over flow reservoir Then it's not drawn back into the radiator making the temperature light come on I've...

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A convertible pick-up truck...is there such a gem?

07.01.1991

With the popularity of silly looking little pick up trucks with all kind of brightly colored things hanging off them doesn't it seem odd that nobody makes a convertible pick up truck yet Ford used to make ragtop trucks in...

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A cranky crankcase...

07.01.1991

I have a Jeep Wagoneer Ltd with a liter motor Recently a dealer installed a used engine After picking it up to drive home--a distance of miles--I noticed the oil pressure gauge dropping and then a bad knock developed The...

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Help! I'm 30 and can't drive!

07.01.1991

HELP I've reached the age of almost without having learned to drive Is it best to learn on a stick or automatic I've heard that you can drive almost anything after learning on a stick But having gone so long...

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What is a "valve lash adjustment"?

07.01.1991

In my several years of listening to your radio show and reading your column I have never seen you address a mysterious item that keeps appearing on Chrysler's Scheduled Maintenance Service Bulletins for my Dodge Colt It says check valve...

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The brake light has two purposes:

07.01.1991

The brake indicator light on my ' Chevy Nova stays on whether the parking brake is on or not Is this a necessary repair or just something I can live with Janet RAY You definitely have to fix it Janet...

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Nothing pulls more weight than semi...

07.01.1991

I read your response to the letter about which type of transmission would require the fewest repairs for towing a trailer an automatic or manual I was surprised to see that you recommended an automatic since you said the additional...

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