Recharging a dead battery...

08.01.1990

I've received so many different answers to this question that I decided to ask the experts When a car battery dies due to cold weather or leaving the lights on how many miles should the car be driven and at...

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A new car for my tall friend Dave...

08.01.1990

I'm writing this letter on behalf of my good friend Dave He has a serious problem with his attempt to purchase a new car Let me give you some background first Dave currently drives a VW Bus He's had it...

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A stupid idea...

08.01.1990

About a year ago I bought a Toyota Corolla The first owners babied it and it's a nice car The problem is that it has a manual transmission I have gotten the hang of it but my wife has decided...

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The "pre-luber"...to buy or not to buy?

08.01.1990

I've heard that someone makes a device that lubricates the engine with a separate oil pump before the car is started They claim that it will save significant wear and tear on the engine Have you heard of such a...

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Brand-name filling stations vs. convenience store outlets...

08.01.1990

I own a two year old car My friends have always told me that it's better to fill up new cars from brand-name filling stations They say I should avoid convenience store outlets Any truth to this David RAY Good...

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Improving my sloshy Mercury Cougar...

07.01.1990

I OWN A MERCURY COUGAR I BOUGHT IT USED AND HAVE ALWAYS FELT THAT IT NEEDED NEW SHOCKS RECENTLY I READ IN CONSUMER REPORTS THAT THE SUSPENSION ON THIS YEAR AND MODEL RATES BELOW AVERAGE IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN...

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"It's the stingy person who spends the most."

07.01.1990

I have a Subaru It's the bottom of the line model and it has miles on it I'm writing to you because I always try and get a good idea of what's wrong before I waste my time going to...

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The Murky Research Study

07.01.1990

YOU SEE THE NEW CAR MEDIA SURVEY JUST PUBLISHED BY J D POWER RAY YEAH THE ONE THAT MATCHES CERTAIN TYPES OF CAR BUYERS WITH THEIR FAVORITE KINDS OF TV SHOWS LIKE THE FACT THAT OF SPORTY CAR BUYERS LIKE...

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A horn that will not blow.

07.01.1990

I found a recent column of yours to be not only very interesting but also amusing It concerned a car owner with a horn that would start blowing in the middle of the night in very cold weather I have...

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What's to blame for my car's humming front end?

07.01.1990

I HAVE A PLYMOUTH RELIANT WITH MILES ON IT MY PROBLEM IS THAT I HAVE A HUMMING NOISE IN THE FRONT WHEN I DRIVE ONE MECHANIC SAYS IT'S TIRE NOISE THE OTHER MECHANIC SAYS IT'S THE WHEEL BEARING WHAT SHOULD...

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A high maintenance battery...

07.01.1990

I HAVE A BUICK WHICH I FONDLY CALL SARAH I HAVE TAKEN GOOD CARE OF IT BUT IF I DON'T START IT UP AND RUN IT EVERY FEW HOURS IT WON'T START IT'S THE SAME IN COLD AND WARM WEATHER...

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Will throwing hot water on an icy winshield break the glass?

07.01.1990

I HAVE A PLYMOUTH VOYAGER TO GET THE ICE REMOVED FROM MY WINDSHIELD ON WINTER MORNINGS I THROW HOT WATER ON IT NOT BOILING JUST HOT AND TURN ON THE WIPERS EVERYONE TELLS ME THAT ONE DAY I'M GOING TO...

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How do American cars rate these days?

07.01.1990

I just traded in my Toyota Tercel for a Jeep Cherokee I have driven three Toyotas in my life and have found them to be very dependable and worth every penny American cars back then seemed so chintzy and problem-prone...

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What do the letters on the back of cars really mean?

07.01.1990

we asked for your help in understanding the letters that we see on the back of cars It seems that manufacturers can put on any letters they want RAY Right there are DLs GLs GSs GTs And what about the...

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Before I hit the road...

07.01.1990

I am planning to tour the western half of the United States this summer in my Honda Accord with miles on it I'm a year old woman and I'll have only my dog along for company I love my dog...

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