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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Can sludge in the carburetor cause racing?

12.01.1990

I own a Olds Cutlass Ciera When I have the air conditioner or the defroster on the car will start racing Really racing I can have my foot on the brake and you can hear the gas pedal clicking by...

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What does retarded timing yield?

12.01.1990

I have a Mazda B pick up truck with miles on it Up until recently I've been pleased with it's performance Now the acceleration is sluggish and it guzzles gas I've recently changed the oil and gotten a tune up...

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When to get an oil change

12.01.1990

I drive very little since retiring and have put on only miles in the last ten months My owner's manual says to change the oil every miles or six months whichever comes first But with miles to go before I...

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Chrysler to set new directions with compasses!

12.01.1990

Why aren't compasses provided in cars by the manufacturers In their quest for high-tech instruments idiot lights bells buzzers digital readouts etc why can't they furnish a simple useful device like a good quality compass The compasses you can buy...

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A half full or half empty tank.

12.01.1990

First of all I really enjoy your column even though I'm not a car person I own a Volvo DL wagon It has miles on it and it runs well My problem is that when the tank gets almost half...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990: PART 1

12.01.1990

You may have noticed that around this time of year all of the automotive publications (Road and Flack, Car and Driver) come out with their lists of ten best cars.

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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

Last week, we gave you the first installment of Click and Clack's Ten Best Cars.

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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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Mac's Dodge Swinger

11.01.1990

I own a Dodge Swinger I use only leaded gasoline But since leaded gas these days has only a tiny bit of lead in it should I use one of these bottled lead substitutes Mac RAY Not to change the...

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Unocal oil company saves world from unsightly jalopies

11.01.1990

ideas TOM What You going to keep quiet this week RAY No listen to what the Unocal oil company is doing in California They're crushing thousands of old jalopies TOM That's terrible Someone call the police Tell them to keep...

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Should I pre-lube my lemon?

11.01.1990

I am a doctor who has always had a great desire to completely overhaul an automobile from stem to stern Finally since I have no background I bought some books and then went looking for a car I figured a...

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