A perplexing question deserves and perplexing answer.

01.01.1992

I have a perplexing question Is an automatic transmission more dangerous than a stick shift when a car dies Is steering more difficult and dangerous Ned TOM Well Ned a perplexing question deserves a perplexing answer And we've got one...

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Federal law restricts re-attaching a converter to a car.

01.01.1992

The muffler and catalytic converter on my Oldsmobile fell off due to a faulty clamp I took the car to a Midas shop where the muffler was previously installed The manager told me he couldn't re-attach the converter even though...

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Is the hot air tube even necessary?

01.01.1992

I have a Mustang which I only use during the winter in southern Arizona I took it to a local mechanic because I heard a rattle in the engine His diagnosis was hot air tube vibrating and making noise against...

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Is the head liner really necessary?

01.01.1992

I have a Cadillac four-door sedan The head liner is falling down Is there anything I can do to repair it or must I pay to an upholstery business John RAY Well John there's nothing that says you have to...

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Will a car run "better" without a catalytic converter or muffler?

01.01.1992

Forgive me for asking a purely theoretical question but I need to win a bet Will a current model American car run better without a catalytic converter or without a muffler Please understand I have no intention of removing these...

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The old "electronic brake pad dust problem."

01.01.1992

I have a Ford Tempo When I apply the brakes sometimes it causes static on the radio I know that sounds odd but my mechanic heard it while out on a test drive and ended up scratching his head He...

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The problem: Tom, my husband (not you, Tom).

12.01.1991

My husband and I have a -speed Ford Explorer and I must say it's wonderful The problem Tom my husband not you Tom often comes to a stop without using the clutch He waits until the car shakes or almost...

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My odomoeter is ticking backwards!!

12.01.1991

My boyfriend and everyone else I have told this to thinks I'm crazy I hope you'll disagree with them I have an ' Pontiac Sunbird with about miles on it On at least three occassions while driving I would suddenly...

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To keep or dump a car while Peace Corp-ing.

12.01.1991

I am going into the Peace Corps and will be overseas for two years I have a Toyota Tercel with miles on it It's paid for and is in good shape I have two choices I think I can sell...

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Actually, I'll take the hug.

12.01.1991

I will hug your neck if you can find me a place to get a gear box for a Ford truck with four wheel drive That's all I need to put it back on the road Wanda RAY You don't...

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The great regular/premium debate.

12.01.1991

My girlfriend owns a Honda Civic Her father says that it will run better if she puts premium gasoline in it I said that a four cylinder Honda needs nothing more than regular unleaded gas The car has never rattled...

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"All Wheel" versus "Four Wheel" drive.

12.01.1991

My driveway is quite steep and I have an old beat-up four wheel drive truck that I use to get in and out of it in the winter when there's snow or ice on the ground I also have a...

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When is it correct to down-shift?

12.01.1991

A friend and I have been arguing about the long term effects of constantly down-shifting to slow a car rather than applying the brakes My argument is by down-shifting you put unnecessary strain on the engine and transmission My friend's...

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Does the tachometer serve any practical purpose?

12.01.1991

My Infiniti G is the first car I've ever owned with a tachometer The owner's manual tells me to shift gears on the basis of speed not on the basis of revolutions per minute That being the case does the...

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Run, Jack. And don't look back.

12.01.1991

I read with interest your series on buying a new car I have one question you didn't address It has to do with when I'm in that little room with the empty desk and a single light bulb hanging from...

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