The perfect-looking car: A Saturn.

09.01.1991

I would like your comments on the Saturn automobile Three or four times I have seen what I thought was the perfect looking car Each time it turned out to be a Saturn It has that sporty look I like...

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Glove compartment protocol.

09.01.1991

Does federal law require that glove compartments be designed so that the contents spill out onto the floor whenever the glove box door is opened Or is that a state or local ordinance Harold RAY Good question Harold We called...

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Must all four tires match?

09.01.1991

About months ago in an emergency situation I purchased two new tires to go on the rear of my ' Honda Civic DX which were a different brand from those on the front Approximately four months later I rotated these...

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There's no cheap way out!

09.01.1991

My Continental has only miles on it and looks brand new The problem is that it leaks oil Is there something that can be added to the oil to stop this leak Oliver RAY We like bananas Oliver they work...

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What to do with a temperamental horn...

09.01.1991

I have a very temperamental horn in my Plymouth Horizon When I need it most the horn just will not blow All I get is a clicking sound under the dashboard Then at times if I'm only testing it it...

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New tires are what you need...

09.01.1991

I recently rotated the tires on my car and afterward found that my steering wheel vibrated excessively at higher speeds To test the possibility that the vibration was due to the tires I switched the two front tires from my...

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Seven timing belts in seven years...

09.01.1991

I read a recent column of yours in which you said that most timing belts are expected to last miles Help I own a Toyota Camry and I've had to replace my timing belt ANNUALLY My car now has miles...

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Hoping for the doomsday answer...

09.01.1991

My ' Volare station wagon has a problem Gasoline is getting into the oil Before I spend a fortune trying to fix it could you please tell me what might be causing it Bobbie RAY We have bad news Bobbie...

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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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What's the verdict on do-it-yourself rear defrosters?

08.01.1991

I own a Mitsubishi Eclipse I bought the car from a friend who had been living in Georgia and took it with me when I moved to New York The problem is that the car has no rear defroster I...

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Those troublesome carbon deposits...

08.01.1991

I was listening to your radio show a few weeks ago and I heard you advise a woman from Nashville who was having trouble with carbon deposits on the valves of her Camry I own a Camry and have had...

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The Clutch of the Month Club!

08.01.1991

I own a Ford Ranger with a five speed manual transmission My question is whether it hurts the transmission in any way to start off in second gear instead of first I was always taught to run the transmission through...

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The Sherlock Holmes School of Auto Repair:

08.01.1991

I have a ' Honda Prelude that started making a loud noise over mph My mechanic told me I needed a new exhaust manifold Since I don't know much about cars I let them fix it and it cost me...

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Making a car look like new again takes many, many years of practice.

08.01.1991

I want to do some body work on my pickup truck However I have no experience at this and wondered how I might get started The truck is several years old and paid for so I do not want to...

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