To use or not to use the headlights...

05.01.1991

Does driving a vehicle with the headlights on appreciably shorten the life of the battery and or alternator I am asking about additional hours logged during daylight hours Even though it's safer I think many people are reluctant to turn...

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Traction control--no car does well on sheer ice.

05.01.1991

I am in the fortunate position of being able to purchase pretty much any car that I would like within a reasonable or even a slightly unreasonable range Right now I'm looking at an Acura Legend LS as well as...

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When a Rolls Royce cuts off, look for a Buick mechanic.

05.01.1991

I have a Rolls Royce which was modified with a Buick engine and transmission several years ago I drive it only occasionally Recently it developed a problem of seeming to cut off the electrical power to the engine for a...

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Buy a Hum-Vee for Junior

05.01.1991

Our year old son will be getting his license this year and wants a car Now before you make your recommendation let me tell you a few of the things this boy has done He recently shaved off his beautiful...

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Proof that Aaron's losing brain cells: He enjoys our column!

05.01.1991

I really enjoy your column I own a Nissan Maxima with a curious problem Whenever I turn on the defroster and put the air selector on Recirculate it's fine But when I select Fresh Air I smell exhaust gas This...

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Trucking: Is front wheel drive better?

04.01.1991

My question does not deal with car repair or maintenance The vast majority of new cars today are front wheel drive Why doesn't any manufacturer make a full size front wheel drive pick up truck You can buy rear wheel...

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Limited slip differential saves your wheels.

04.01.1991

I got myself an ' Chevy Astro Van Among its options is a Limited Slip Differential To a layman like me that means that when one of the driven wheels starts slipping in mud or snow the power transfers to...

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On further inspection, dealer-ordered "independent inspection" doesn't do the job.

04.01.1991

Yesterday I went to a new car dealership near work to look at some of their used cars We're thinking of buying an ' or ' Acura Legend I told the salesman that before I would consider purchasing one I'd...

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What is that "fishy" smell?

04.01.1991

I have an ' Chevy Corsica that has developed a fishy smell inside the car I think it has an odor like antifreeze I haven't noticed any leaks and everything seems to be working OK Do you have any suggestions...

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Disconnecting the EGR valve leads to EPA enforcement.

04.01.1991

My Chevy V- with miles used to hesitate at take off and buck at speeds above MPH I discovered that when I disconnected the EGR valve the bucking disappeared and the engine ran great I asked my mechanic if that...

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If it's unintentional, let's call it "Motorslaughter"

04.01.1991

Help I think I blew the engine in my Lincoln Town Car It was idling too loud and fast so I hit the gas pedal all the way to the floor a few times When this didn't work I hit...

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An oxygen Sensor question, from our Three Stooges department.

04.01.1991

I'm standing at one of these while-u-wait tune up joints having just agreed to pay dollars for something called an oxygen sensor for my ' Buick Skylark The guy with the clipboard pulled me over pointed to an innocuous little...

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Strangely, Ed's snobby car demands Fresh spring water.

04.01.1991

I live in a town where the water is very hard Several years ago I started using a mix of antifreeze and distilled water This mixture seems to work well and in fact my temperature gauge seems to run approximately...

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Once again, we present a marital dispute!

04.01.1991

Once again you are going to be asked to solve a marital dispute Our problems arise when we park our respective stick shift cars and the object of the disagreement is the parking brake I always engage the brake while...

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Shifting without the clutch is like catching a baseball in your teeth.

04.01.1991

After reading your response to the recent letter about the downshifting debate I was forced to concede defeat to my wife She has always followed your advice not to downshift when coasting to a stop despite my criticism teeth gnashing...

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