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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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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We don't need anymore stamps!

03.01.1991

don't send any more self addressed stamped envelopes My brother and I already have enough stamps to pay our utility bills for the next years TOM As much as we'd love to we can't answer your letters personally It's hard...

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A mountain out of a molehill

03.01.1991

I own a Nissan Stanza with miles I have a problem that is perplexing I hear a squeal from under the hood that lasts a few seconds and then disappears It seems to squeal on turns and occasionally upon acceleration...

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Advice for cleaning the engine compartments

03.01.1991

Please give me your best advice on cleaning engine compartments Do they need it How often What's the best method Thanks for the advice Vern RAY Well Vern the slobs of the world my brother included will be delighted to...

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How to deal with a husband and the squeak he won't hear

03.01.1991

My husband won't listen to my fourteen year old son and me when we tell him about the Phantom squeak in my ' blue Mustang The squeak comes from the steering wheel area when I press on the gas pedal...

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Springs have sprung when Harold jacks his car

03.01.1991

I have a Chevy Caprice Classic that I bought used I do all the maintenance on the car myself When I jack the rear wheels off the ground the rear springs fall out There doesn't seem to be anything holding...

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Manual vs. automatic transmissions: Which tows better?

03.01.1991

In a vehicle used to tow a travel trailer if both were operated and maintained properly which type of transmission would likely require the least repair an automatic or manual I plan to keep the tow vehicle approximately miles Fred...

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Quad 4, and other quandries

03.01.1991

What does the term Quad mean when speaking of automobile engines Scott RAY Quad is a registered trade mark of the General Motors Corporation It's GM's name for a four cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder which is now...

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