There are different ways to ride the clutch...bare back, side saddle, western...

12.01.1991

A friend recently confided that she drives an automatic because when she had a standard she had to constantly replace her clutch Her mechanic as well as members of her family accused her of riding the clutch She admitted to...

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No sympathy for people who drive junk.

12.01.1991

There is a problem with my Renault Alliance that my mechanic can't seem to fix Just recently and only occasionally when I depress the clutch pedal to shift gears I'll hear a sharp cracking noise Then it will be hard...

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The "go to your mechanic and have the engine checked" light.

12.01.1991

My Chariot is a Chevy Celebrity wagon For the last month or so once in about every starts my check engine light comes on and stays on Please tell me what it is I'm supposed to check Is there a...

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The shift-to-neutral-at-stop-signs controversy revisited.

11.01.1991

Some months ago you covered the shift-to-neutral-at-stop-signs controversy I would appreciate you going over this issue again My husband has this habit when waiting for the light to change to green I explained what you said about it in your...

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From our car-sick series: CO poisoning?

11.01.1991

This spring my husband and I purchased a Chevrolet Celebrity with miles on it It is a nice car and we really like it Recently something strange happened while driving it We went on a short trip and on the...

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Janet's husband: Car locks, and his A.T.S. ailment.

11.01.1991

This may be a trivial problem compared to some of the others but my husband insists on opening our car doors manually instead of using the automatic feature He uses the key on his side and then reaches over to...

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The Volare with the bad ballast resistor

11.01.1991

I have a Volare that's really been a great car In fact it's the only car I've ever owned However one small problem is that it won't start on cold days I have to park on an incline so that...

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Mechanics are taught to keep batteries off the floor.

11.01.1991

This may sound like a dumb question but maybe you guys can answer it and settle an old feud I'm having with several friends Back in the sixties and early seventies I worked in several service stations and repair shops...

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Timing bet changes: not so simple anymore.

11.01.1991

I own a Suzuki Swift GA that has miles I am concerned about the timing belt The dealership service department says I should replace it now Should I If it breaks will it damage the engine Don RAY There used...

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Cursed with gooey tires.

11.01.1991

Last September I purchased a Toyota MR I love the car and am enjoying every mile I do have one problem though My rear tires are wearing out twice as fast as the front ones They're Bridgestone RE Potenzas I...

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I hearby bequeath to you a jalopy!

11.01.1991

A dear relative has just passed away and willed us her four-door Plymouth Savoy The car is in very nice condition and runs well except that it has a worn drag link and idler arm--making it quite unsafe to drive...

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When the only answer is a goverNESS.

11.01.1991

I am a long time fan of your column and your radio show Here's my question My year old son has a Nissan SX with a five speed transmission He has a lot of trouble holding the speed below he...

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Addressing things that go "bump-d..." in the night.

11.01.1991

The highway I take to work has one lousy job of patchwork on it Every seam and pothole is just another bump What happens is you go bump-d-bump-d-bump-d-bump for several miles What does this do to wheel balance alignment and...

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Camping with Mr. Heavy Duty Springs.

11.01.1991

I own a Chevrolet three-quarter-ton pick-up truck When I purchased it the truck had a pound camper in the truck bed It has heavy duty springs to assist the load I recently sold the camper and have replaced it with...

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Sally's squeaking belts.

11.01.1991

We have a Chevrolet Celebrity and it screeches loudly It seems to have something to do with the air conditioner and acceleration I have heard other cars doing the same thing What's happening and is it fixable Sally TOM Well...

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