Too tight lug nuts might actually be a good thing

01.01.1991

Whenever a mechanic or service station attendant replaces a wheel on a car they use a powerful air gun to fasten the lug nuts These nuts are then physically impossible to loosen with the type of lug wrench supplied with...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 5

01.01.1991

This is it The final chapter in the seemingly unending saga of the Click and Clack Ten Best cars of Today we have the final five runners-up RAY In case you haven't been clipping our columns and framing them these...

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Hi, Hai, you need new shocks.

01.01.1991

I own a Nissan Maxima that has miles and four original shock absorbers Recently I took the car to a tire shop to replace the two front tires which were badly and unevenly worn The mechanic strongly suggested that I...

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Oil: Is it ok to use a different brand name?

01.01.1991

As a fairly decent shade tree mechanic I was taught that once you started using a certain brand and type of oil in a new car you should always use that same brand Is this true Chuck TOM That's a...

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Zen and the Art of Camaro Maintenance

01.01.1991

I have a Chevrolet Camaro that I bought used in It was in great shape had only miles belonged to a school teacher etc I haven't had any problems until it recently started leaking oil erratically It'll go for weeks...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 1

12.01.1990

noticed that around this time of year all of the automotive publications Road and Flack Car and Drivel come out with their lists of ten best cars RAY Well we've noticed that we often disagree with a lot of their...

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What is a reliable car for a 16-year-old?

12.01.1990

Okay I'm I need a car It has to have good gas mileage a standard shift and seat about four I have earned dollars and my parents are contributing another dollars So what is the most reliable car I would...

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Sand bags for winter traction?

12.01.1990

I am aware that while driving in winter conditions it is important to keep extra weight in the trunk of a car to help with traction However now that I have a car with front wheel drive this practice seems...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 2

12.01.1990

gave you the first installment of Click and Clack's Ten Best Cars TOM We named the Dodge Caravan Plymouth Voyager Best Minivan We named the Ford Taurus Mercury Sable Best All Around Sedan And we named the Toyota Camry the...

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50 dollars

12.01.1990

I enjoy your articles about cars convertibles in particular I am the original owner of a Chevrolet Caprice convertible in excellent condition It has a big engine and only miles The car is always garaged and I expect to keep...

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Which cars have PASSENGER side air bags?

12.01.1990

Can you tell me which cars are now available with PASSENGER side air bags Bill RAY I'm afraid you've taken the bait Bill Your wife wrote to us a few weeks ago and asked how she could get you to...

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Brake fluid contamination? or simple obfuscation?

12.01.1990

Recently the brakes on my Olds Royale Brougham went to the floor while my wife was driving She had to pump them to get them back We took the car to a muffler brake shop and were told that the...

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Thank you for the good work!

12.01.1990

This letter is to thank you for your column on GM power steering problems I too was having a problem with the steering on my Chevrolet Cavalier wagon It was just as you described it was hard to turn the...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 3

12.01.1990

RAY: Over the last two weeks, we've been unveiling our picks for ten best cars of 1990. In case you forgot, here are the winners we've announced so far: TOM: The BEST MINIVAN is the Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager. The BEST ALL-AROUND SEDAN is the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable. The OTHER BEST ALL-AROUND SEDAN is the...

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You're the next best thing to "Dear Abby!"

12.01.1990

I'm interested in buying a new car next year My main criterion will be safety A military tank wouldn't be sporty enough for my teenager to drive so that's out What else would you suggest Thanks By the way I...

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