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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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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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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What does it mean when your gas tank whistles at you?

06.01.1991

My beautiful ' Chrysler Fifth Avenue is in excellent condition It runs well and gets good gas mileage But I get a scare when I gas up When the gas cap is removed I hear a burst or air that...

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Could it be an electro-magnetic malfunction?

06.01.1991

My Toyota Camry station wagon with automatic transmission and overdrive has a flaw Occasionally and randomly without warning the transmission will go into Neutral This occurs when the car has been run and is hot and then is parked for...

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Ancient Greek Battery Mthology: Chapter II

06.01.1991

I've heard that on a very cold morning if you turn on the headlights for a few minutes before you start the car the battery will be stronger when you try to start the engine Is this true Leonard RAY...

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The benefits of a rubber timing belt.

06.01.1991

I notice that a lot of new cars are now coming out with rubber timing belts instead of metal timing chains These rubber belts have to be changed periodically at no small expense Other than ripping off the consumer is...

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