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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A bad radiator cap.

07.01.1991

I have a diesel Chevy Malibu wagon The problem is that the water from the radiator is drawn into and overflows the over flow reservoir Then it's not drawn back into the radiator making the temperature light come on I've...

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A convertible pick-up truck...is there such a gem?

07.01.1991

With the popularity of silly looking little pick up trucks with all kind of brightly colored things hanging off them doesn't it seem odd that nobody makes a convertible pick up truck yet Ford used to make ragtop trucks in...

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A cranky crankcase...

07.01.1991

I have a Jeep Wagoneer Ltd with a liter motor Recently a dealer installed a used engine After picking it up to drive home--a distance of miles--I noticed the oil pressure gauge dropping and then a bad knock developed The...

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Help! I'm 30 and can't drive!

07.01.1991

HELP I've reached the age of almost without having learned to drive Is it best to learn on a stick or automatic I've heard that you can drive almost anything after learning on a stick But having gone so long...

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What is a "valve lash adjustment"?

07.01.1991

In my several years of listening to your radio show and reading your column I have never seen you address a mysterious item that keeps appearing on Chrysler's Scheduled Maintenance Service Bulletins for my Dodge Colt It says check valve...

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What to do with a wet dog, defroster, and A/C.

06.01.1991

When my husband and I are riding home with the dog after a hike in the rains we experience a severe moisture problem in the car The defroster barely copes with the windshield and the other windows remain covered with...

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I'll tell you when it's time to start worrying!

06.01.1991

I have a Chevy Cavalier with a four speed manual transmission The car has miles and sometimes when I depress the clutch it makes a popping or clicking type of sound After this the gears are hard to find and...

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Frank asks the time-old question: What makes a good Minivan?

06.01.1991

About two weeks ago you wrote an article that continued to praise the line of Chrysler minivans I'm sure both of you are now acquainted with the Consumer Reports article in February which slams Chrysler's A- transmission I was just...

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How long does "break-in oil" need to stay in the car?

06.01.1991

My family owns two new cars and we've heard mixed messages about that first oil change A co-worker told my mother that she should change the oil in her truck the moment it reaches miles The reason being when an...

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A reminder: Click and Clack's Great Unyielding Truth

06.01.1991

I am the proud owner of a red Mazda Miata Wanting to keep it in good shape forever I need your help The owner's manual says the gasoline octane I use should be Where I live many of the major...

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Diagnose with shocking results!

06.01.1991

I think I may be your biggest fan I have a Celica GT with miles on it How does one determine when the shocks should be replaced It seems that the old jump-on-the-bumper-and-count-how-many-times-it-bounces test is not very accurate Blair TOM...

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Driving vs. Flying to New Orleans.

06.01.1991

I need some good advice about a trip I am considering making I own a Chevy Chevette with miles on it My brother and I are planning to drive non-stop from Milwaukee to New Orleans later this summer What I...

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That's right, another engine oil question.

06.01.1991

Engine oil seems to be a favorite topic of concern I change my car's oil every miles Is it bad to change it when the engine is cold I realize warm oil will carry away more contaminants but not having...

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