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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How many chumps does it take to find a faulty lightbulb?

08.01.1991

I have a Olds Cutlass Cruiser station wagon The problem is when I go to town about five miles away the turn signals on my dashboard work fine But on my way back the right turn signal will light up...

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Gettin' too old to care...

08.01.1991

I'm not a kid anymore and over the years I've known a handful of individuals who like to race their car engine a little and then immediately shut it off They all claimed this was good for the engine--that it...

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A chatterbox gas pedal...

08.01.1991

I have a Toyota Corolla lift-back with miles on it It has been the best car we've ever had with a minimum of maintenance and down time I don't want to get rid of it but it is making a...

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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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Not even Gucci spark plugs will help...

07.01.1991

I have a Cadillac with a engine and one weak valve A compression test showed that one of my cylinders has only psi Until I can afford to have it fixed are there any quick fixes Home remedies Recommendations Suggestions...

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What

07.01.1991

I heard you two have a book out Is this true If so what is it called and where can I find it I'd love to get a copy for my husband Barbara RAY I'm sorry Barbara While we'd love...

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A tacky Car Talk plug...

07.01.1991

I heard you two have a book out Is this true If so what is it called and where can I find it I'd love to get a copy for my husband Barbara RAY I'm sorry Barbara While we'd love...

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Air bags alone aren't good enough.

07.01.1991

In one of your recent columns you discussed the subject of air bags and I though your comments were very accurate and the sort of thing the motoring public needs to hear However I wish you had emphasized even more...

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What kind of damage can "red-lining" do to an engine?

07.01.1991

What kind of damage can red-lining do to an engine I accidentally accelerated to mph in third gear before shifting to fourth in my VW Fox My dealer says it's unlikely I did any damage because the Fox doesn't red-line...

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Is it safe to remove the "heat shield"?

07.01.1991

I hope you can advise this year old widow with a car problem I own a Ford Tempo Last year I had the whole exhaust system replaced A few months later I noticed a buzzing sound coming from under the...

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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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