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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When the only answer is a goverNESS.

11.01.1991

I am a long time fan of your column and your radio show Here's my question My year old son has a Nissan SX with a five speed transmission He has a lot of trouble holding the speed below he...

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Addressing things that go "bump-d..." in the night.

11.01.1991

The highway I take to work has one lousy job of patchwork on it Every seam and pothole is just another bump What happens is you go bump-d-bump-d-bump-d-bump for several miles What does this do to wheel balance alignment and...

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Camping with Mr. Heavy Duty Springs.

11.01.1991

I own a Chevrolet three-quarter-ton pick-up truck When I purchased it the truck had a pound camper in the truck bed It has heavy duty springs to assist the load I recently sold the camper and have replaced it with...

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Sally's squeaking belts.

11.01.1991

We have a Chevrolet Celebrity and it screeches loudly It seems to have something to do with the air conditioner and acceleration I have heard other cars doing the same thing What's happening and is it fixable Sally TOM Well...

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A Demonstration: Why it's bad to negotiate in German

11.01.1991

I want to purchase a new BMW i in Germany in What should I know Where should I start How do I get it changed to American specifications Any info would be greatly appreciated Deborah TOM What should you know...

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Jim's fuel gauge perpetually runs on empty.

11.01.1991

The fuel gauge on our Mercury Grand Marquis Wagon has stopped working The gauge reads empty at all times and the low fuel light is always on The service manager at the dealership says that the gas tank will have...

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Robert, and his cracked head

11.01.1991

I have a Diesel Rabbit that I'm very attached to I've owned it since it was new The problem is that there is an increasing amount of oil in the coolant reservoir It has miles on a rebuilt engine which...

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$2000 worth of Saran wrap.

10.01.1991

I own a Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible On Halloween someone played a prank on me which was not appreciated My clear plastic rear convertible window was slashed The cut is about three inches long and surgically straight I have been...

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Disk brakes: worthwhile or worthless?

10.01.1991

I claim that the disk brake is the biggest rip-off the manufacturers have come up with since the inner and outer bumper First of all disk brakes get wet more easily than drum brakes But the worst feature of the...

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....and even more new car options.

10.01.1991

following our column for the last few weeks you know we've been talking about the options you can order on new cars these days RAY We've talked about safety features like air bags and anti-lock brakes We've talked about luxury...

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The Most Rusted List.

10.01.1991

I have a Monte Carlo with the original radiator fluid The car has miles I check the fluid each year and it registers about minus degrees Fahrenheit My friend insists I must change the fluid Is there any need Don...

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