Vinnie Murphy's Law

12.01.1991

I have a Volvo DL with miles on it and all original belts As long as I'm going to replace the alternator belt and the timing belt would it be a good idea to do the water pump at the...

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NEVER listen to your husband when it comes to cars.

12.01.1991

My husband insists it is OK to use antifreeze only--no water--in our car's cooling system He says a number of mechanics have told him it's perfectly alright But the owners manual of our ' Chevy Nova says to use a...

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Save your prayers for something more important.

12.01.1991

I own a Toyota Camry automatic transmission that has a chipped flywheel My mechanic said it develops when the starter key is turned on while the engine is already running I can remember two times when I did this Once...

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Mercedes doesn't trust Tom and Ray.

12.01.1991

The time has come for me to buy a new car After looking at many cars and reading Consumer Reports I've narrowed it down to the Lexus SC and the Mercedes-Benz SL I can afford either one but I don't...

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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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