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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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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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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How to clean a convertible rag top.

06.01.1991

I have a white Volkswagon Cabriolet with a white convertible top I've tried just about everything to get the top clean without success I've even tried the top cleaner sold by the dealer Any ideas Tami TOM It's not as...

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What to do with a wet dog, defroster, and A/C.

06.01.1991

When my husband and I are riding home with the dog after a hike in the rains we experience a severe moisture problem in the car The defroster barely copes with the windshield and the other windows remain covered with...

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I'll tell you when it's time to start worrying!

06.01.1991

I have a Chevy Cavalier with a four speed manual transmission The car has miles and sometimes when I depress the clutch it makes a popping or clicking type of sound After this the gears are hard to find and...

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Frank asks the time-old question: What makes a good Minivan?

06.01.1991

About two weeks ago you wrote an article that continued to praise the line of Chrysler minivans I'm sure both of you are now acquainted with the Consumer Reports article in February which slams Chrysler's A- transmission I was just...

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