Tom and Ray help a Damsel in Distress, Dawn.

05.01.1991

Help I am a damsel in distress I just took my Saab EMS into the shop to have the transmission done I ended up with a new clutch and a rebuilt transmission But my car STILL has trouble going into...

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Focus on those other 362 days, Charlotte!

05.01.1991

I have a Acura Integra with a -speed manual transmission and miles on it's original tires It's a great car and handles beautifully of the time but the tires have poor traction in fresh snow It was a problem again...

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Rather than dumping the car, why not refuzz the dice?

05.01.1991

First of all thank you for the knowledge you have given me and also the laughter you have added to my life My husband and I are in our seventies We have been thinking of buying a car Would we...

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This week, a Celebrity Roast.

05.01.1991

I own a four cylinder Chevy Celebrity My problem is with the brakes About a year ago I had my brake shoes rotors and pads replaced For a few months the brakes worked fine Then my right rear brake seemed...

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Buying from your ex is a bad idea.

05.01.1991

I recently purchased a used ' Toyota Camry from my ex-husband After having the wheels aligned I noticed that the steering wheel was not straight--that is the steering wheel is turned a few inches to the right when the wheels...

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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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Parking pawl met parking Peter and parking Mary

05.01.1991

I thoroughly enjoy your column You make car maintenance a fun job rather than all worries dollars and cents When I start my Chrysler wagon sometimes--if it's on an incline--it's extremely difficult to pull the shifting lever out of park...

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Carburator icing: A new product from Betty Crocker.

05.01.1991

I have a Mazda GLC hatchback that has a problem no one has been able to fix Sometimes when the temperature drops into the 's and the humidity is high the car will just die while I'm driving If I...

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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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