This is what we call an "old father's tale."

10.01.1990

When I was learning to drive a car my father told me that it's better for the car if the engine is turned off while the car is in neutral instead of park After it's turned off he said to...

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Skim vs. Fat Free

10.01.1990

I have a Pontiac Grand Prix The gas gauge says unleaded gas only Would it be wrong to use lead free gas If yes what is the difference between unleaded and lead free Josephine TOM I used to have the...

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Could the chain-sound be the shackles of Yuppiehood?

10.01.1990

I drive a BMW i Since I've owned it for ten years you can't call me a yuppie It's in excellent shape and runs like a top However I've noticed that when I drive by say a line of parked...

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The dreaded carberator cackle.

10.01.1990

My grandfather drives a Ford LTD which has about miles on it For the past few months the carburetor has been acting up The mechanic says that it should be replaced at a cost of - dollars depending on whether...

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Is the car shaking, is it Bina?

10.01.1990

I have a Honda Accord LXi with about miles on it The problem is with the steering wheel Every time I turn on the air conditioning the steering wheel starts shaking The shaking only occurs when I am stopped What...

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What has more value: a roaring restored classic or a boring new sedan?

10.01.1990

I'm a business man contemplating the purchase of a second car for my family We already own a new Isuzu Trooper as our number one car I'm thinking about buying a classic mid-sixties muscle car like a Camaro or Mustang...

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Why is my clutch roaring?

10.01.1990

I have a Oldsmobile Regency I recently had a new fan clutch installed But the new fan clutch makes a loud roaring noise which is very annoying What can be done to stop it Constance RAY Well Constance I think...

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How to store a convertible for winter

10.01.1990

I have a LeBaron GT convertible that I plan to store for the winter Having never stored a car before I would like some advice on what I should do before putting it away John RAY Well the first thing...

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Ford Taurus: A connoisseur's guide.

10.01.1990

I retired about eight years ago and at that time said good bye to new cars cost and all I've always driven GM cars why I don't know But now I'm thinking of buying a Ford Taurus I would like...

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To pump or not to pump the brakes

10.01.1990

I need help in convincing my wife that she doesn't need to pump the brakes when coming to a stop on dry pavement It really jerks the unsuspecting passenger around It seems a guy she knew in high school told...

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Do you want the short answer?

10.01.1990

My friend and co-worker has a Volvo with miles on it The car seems to have chronic ailments front end transmission distributor etc which are always big dollar items To add insult to injury once a mechanic works on it...

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Car Philosophy 101

10.01.1990

I have a couple of questions that have bothered me for a long time First why does the side view mirror on the passenger side of the car make things look so far away Second why do your emergency flashers...

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How do you test a seatbelt for effectiveness?

09.01.1990

How can I tell if the seat belts in my Buick Regal work Alan RAY It's not that easy Alan Luckily my brother free-lances as a crash test dummy in his spare time so he knows quite a lot about...

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Horn placement: A history lesson

09.01.1990

Could you use your good offices--wit irony satire--even humor--to help get the automobile manufacturers to stop being cutesy about where they locate the horn button They've started putting it on the wheel spokes instead of in the center of the...

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What to do about a humming fuel pump...

09.01.1990

I have a Volvo DL with a humming fuel pump From inside it sounds like a hum from outside it sounds like a buzz The hum buzz gets louder when the gas tank gets below full My husband called our...

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