Alert the Toyota Museum!

04.01.1991

I have a Mercedes DC which I have driven to work for over years I have recently done an engine transplant using a Toyota R engine with the Toyota five speed manual transmission This had done away with the problems...

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What is excessive "blow by"?

04.01.1991

I have a Ford F- with the five liter engine The filter inside the air cleaner becomes saturated with oil every two to three weeks Why What can I do about it Bob RAY Gee Bob that doesn't sound good...

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Driving with rocks in the engine? Sounds bad

04.01.1991

I am the owner of a Thunderbird which has one slight peculiarity When it's started and the engine is cold the engine is relatively smooth and quiet But when put in drive when cold it sounds like it's grinding rocks...

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What are Laura's two options for owning an Italian Sports Car?

04.01.1991

I am years old and I would like very much to get a Lamborghini Diablo It is my very favorite car and I would love to own one even though I can't drive I suppose I could have somebody else...

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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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Custom order springs

03.01.1991

The driver's side door of our Datsun is missing the spring that holds the door ajar We first noticed the missing part a few weeks ago it was probably worn out after having served for thirteen years Without this spring...

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The acid test for catching a slipping clutch?

03.01.1991

My Celica has miles on the original clutch It has not begun to slip yet but it must be running on borrowed time I was told by a friend that the acid test is to rev the engine with the...

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A Complaint from the A.B.O.M.

03.01.1991

So often we hear complaints about mechanics Let me share a recent personal experience My car would not shift smoothly nor at the proper speeds I drove into a local transmission franchise and explained my problem to the manager He...

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