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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How long does "break-in oil" need to stay in the car?

06.01.1991

My family owns two new cars and we've heard mixed messages about that first oil change A co-worker told my mother that she should change the oil in her truck the moment it reaches miles The reason being when an...

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A reminder: Click and Clack's Great Unyielding Truth

06.01.1991

I am the proud owner of a red Mazda Miata Wanting to keep it in good shape forever I need your help The owner's manual says the gasoline octane I use should be Where I live many of the major...

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Diagnose with shocking results!

06.01.1991

I think I may be your biggest fan I have a Celica GT with miles on it How does one determine when the shocks should be replaced It seems that the old jump-on-the-bumper-and-count-how-many-times-it-bounces test is not very accurate Blair TOM...

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Driving vs. Flying to New Orleans.

06.01.1991

I need some good advice about a trip I am considering making I own a Chevy Chevette with miles on it My brother and I are planning to drive non-stop from Milwaukee to New Orleans later this summer What I...

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That's right, another engine oil question.

06.01.1991

Engine oil seems to be a favorite topic of concern I change my car's oil every miles Is it bad to change it when the engine is cold I realize warm oil will carry away more contaminants but not having...

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What does it mean when your gas tank whistles at you?

06.01.1991

My beautiful ' Chrysler Fifth Avenue is in excellent condition It runs well and gets good gas mileage But I get a scare when I gas up When the gas cap is removed I hear a burst or air that...

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Could it be an electro-magnetic malfunction?

06.01.1991

My Toyota Camry station wagon with automatic transmission and overdrive has a flaw Occasionally and randomly without warning the transmission will go into Neutral This occurs when the car has been run and is hot and then is parked for...

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