Those troublesome carbon deposits...

08.01.1991

I was listening to your radio show a few weeks ago and I heard you advise a woman from Nashville who was having trouble with carbon deposits on the valves of her Camry I own a Camry and have had...

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The Clutch of the Month Club!

08.01.1991

I own a Ford Ranger with a five speed manual transmission My question is whether it hurts the transmission in any way to start off in second gear instead of first I was always taught to run the transmission through...

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The Sherlock Holmes School of Auto Repair:

08.01.1991

I have a ' Honda Prelude that started making a loud noise over mph My mechanic told me I needed a new exhaust manifold Since I don't know much about cars I let them fix it and it cost me...

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Making a car look like new again takes many, many years of practice.

08.01.1991

I want to do some body work on my pickup truck However I have no experience at this and wondered how I might get started The truck is several years old and paid for so I do not want to...

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How many chumps does it take to find a faulty lightbulb?

08.01.1991

I have a Olds Cutlass Cruiser station wagon The problem is when I go to town about five miles away the turn signals on my dashboard work fine But on my way back the right turn signal will light up...

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Gettin' too old to care...

08.01.1991

I'm not a kid anymore and over the years I've known a handful of individuals who like to race their car engine a little and then immediately shut it off They all claimed this was good for the engine--that it...

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The brake light has two purposes:

07.01.1991

The brake indicator light on my ' Chevy Nova stays on whether the parking brake is on or not Is this a necessary repair or just something I can live with Janet RAY You definitely have to fix it Janet...

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Nothing pulls more weight than semi...

07.01.1991

I read your response to the letter about which type of transmission would require the fewest repairs for towing a trailer an automatic or manual I was surprised to see that you recommended an automatic since you said the additional...

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Not even Gucci spark plugs will help...

07.01.1991

I have a Cadillac with a engine and one weak valve A compression test showed that one of my cylinders has only psi Until I can afford to have it fixed are there any quick fixes Home remedies Recommendations Suggestions...

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A tacky Car Talk plug...

07.01.1991

I heard you two have a book out Is this true If so what is it called and where can I find it I'd love to get a copy for my husband Barbara RAY I'm sorry Barbara While we'd love...

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Air bags alone aren't good enough.

07.01.1991

In one of your recent columns you discussed the subject of air bags and I though your comments were very accurate and the sort of thing the motoring public needs to hear However I wish you had emphasized even more...

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What kind of damage can "red-lining" do to an engine?

07.01.1991

What kind of damage can red-lining do to an engine I accidentally accelerated to mph in third gear before shifting to fourth in my VW Fox My dealer says it's unlikely I did any damage because the Fox doesn't red-line...

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Is it safe to remove the "heat shield"?

07.01.1991

I hope you can advise this year old widow with a car problem I own a Ford Tempo Last year I had the whole exhaust system replaced A few months later I noticed a buzzing sound coming from under the...

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Owner's manual versus sage brotherly advice?

07.01.1991

The owner's manual of my Chevy Nova recommends limiting my maximum speed during the first miles which I did My brother who is a mechanic in the Navy says that's a bunch of baloney Who's right Mary Jo RAY You're...

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Noises can be elusive...so listen hard!

07.01.1991

At our house we drive an ' Ford Tempo It's a great car except that in the last few months it continually makes a sound kind of like water boiling We took it to a garage and they put in...

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