My ' Buick LeSabre sometimes sounds like it has an...

04.01.1992

My ' Buick LeSabre sometimes sounds like it has an open muffler It has happened only three times in miles of driving Each time I had been driving at expressway speed for at least an hour then encountered heavy rain...

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Which truck would you buy?

04.01.1992

If you had to buy an extended cab four wheel drive pick up truck which would you choose from this list Toyota Nissan Chevy S- Dodge Dakota Ford Ranger My main concerns are quality price handling and looks Paulo RAY...

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Does flooring the engine "clear the pipes"?

04.01.1992

Please settle a long running debate between me and my husband I say it will stress and hurt the engine of our car to floor the accelerator every day He says it's OK and may even benefit the engine by...

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Luxury sedan recommendations.

04.01.1992

I have an ' Cadillac Seville which has been anything BUT reliable Now I've heard that there's a brand new Cadillac Seville and that it's much improved The problem is I've heard that line before and I don't want to...

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Buy a crash helmet.

04.01.1992

I have a Mercury Topaz About a month ago the brake light came on while I was driving When I slowed down for a stop light it would go out Then when I got underway again it would come back...

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The chewing gum and spackle remedy.

04.01.1992

Since I consider myself a master mechanic I decided to replace the thermostat on my ' Escort my self In the process one of the three bolts on the thermostat housing sheared off in the block My local garage was...

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Always step on the clutch when starting your car.

04.01.1992

Here is my question If you own a car with a manual transmission which is better starting the car with the clutch out and the shifter in Neutral or pushing in the clutch while you start the car Donald RAY...

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Too much grease in the speedometer cable?

04.01.1992

For a couple of years the speedometer cable in my S- Blazer squeaked As it approached miles I finally took it to a Chevy dealer to get it greased Then I began to notice that even though my speedometer was...

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I dropped the newspaper in the tub and obliterated it...

04.01.1992

Some weeks ago I picked up my paper from my front porch and as I always do went right to your column My wife and I argue over who will get to read your column first so I try to...

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When my brother turned 50, he started to rattle, too.

03.01.1992

I have a horrible metallic rattling noise coming from my right front wheel area on a th anniversary Nissan ZX Whenever I hit the slightest of road irregularities it will sound off until the road smoothes out It happens in...

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You can not only feel the jerk...if you look in the driver's seat, you can see him, too.

03.01.1992

We have a car with an automatic transmission My husband has several habits I'd like you to comment on While backing out of a parking space he'll shift the car from Reverse to Drive before coming to a complete stop...

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What useful function does the ingnition button serve?

03.01.1992

Whenever I rent a car that has a button that must be pushed before the ignition key can be released I become curious What useful function does this button serve Jan TOM Good question Jan I don't think it serves...

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When the oil light comes on, stop the engine immediately.

03.01.1992

First of all you have a great column It's thoroughly enjoyable even for a mechanical nerd like myself Here's my problem My son has a four-wheel drive Ford Tempo which he took to a local service station for an oil...

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This is a clear case of testosterone poisoning.

03.01.1992

My brother-in-law has a male superiority problem about driving and we have a long-standing argument concerning down-shifting standard shift cars when approaching a stop I don't down shift I was taught otherwise My brother-in-law however says I'm stupid and I...

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I like to raise the hood and see a clean engine.

03.01.1992

Here's another stupid question for you I have a Ford Crown Victoria I'm also one of these old geezers that likes to raise the hood and see a clean engine Here's my question Can I just turn my hose on...

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