A rare bird asks how to properly care for a leased car...

07.01.1990

Last June I leased a new Ford Thunderbird The owners manual says the oil should be changed at and miles Why do so many service shops tell me I should the oil every miles or three months whichever comes first...

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Time to cut bait with my '83 Sentra...

07.01.1990

It's time to fish or cut bait with my Nissan Sentra it needs a new engine The question is do I fix it or do I dump it Bob RAY Fix it TOM Dump it RAY Wait a minute did...

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What to do about my lousy oil filters...

07.01.1990

I have a four-cylinder Toyota pick up truck It has miles on it and I change the oil every miles The last two times I changed the oil I noticed that there was very little oil in the filter there...

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Intalling a grease pit...

07.01.1990

I'm building a new building and would like to install a grease pit for servicing and repairing my car and pick-up Where can I find information on the proper size depth etc Elmer TOM Well we have some obvious tips...

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How does an 8-6-4 engine work?

07.01.1990

A few years ago one of the Big Three offered on a limited basis a car with a V engine which had a switch on the dashboard that allowed the operator to turn off two or four of the cylinders...

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Replacing a tire vs. patching a hole?

07.01.1990

My six week old Honda Civic EX got a small hole on the inside side-wall of my left front tire I brought it to my tire salesman who sealed the hole and put in a radial inner tube The salesman...

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Don't come between a husband and his dream car...

07.01.1990

I'D BE INTERESTED IN KNOWING YOUR OPINIONS AND REMARKS ABOUT THE NEW CHEVROLET CAPRICE I NEED YOUR REPLY IN A HURRY BECAUSE MY HUSBAND IS REALLY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT THANKS GERTRUDE RAY WELL GERTRUDE WE'VE BEEN HOLDING ONTO YOUR LETTER...

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Your car vs. a horse!

07.01.1990

A few weeks ago you we're talking about how large cars are inherently safer than small cars because of their weight You posed the question How'd you like to come out the loser in a head on collision with a...

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Waking a car from a 15-year slumber...

06.01.1990

I HAVE A CADILLAC THAT HASN'T BEEN STARTED IN OVER YEARS WHAT SHOULD BE DONE BEFORE AT TEMPTING TO START THE CAR TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO THE ENGINE JACK TOM THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO BEFORE YOU START IT...

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Is it okay for engine oil to smell like gasoline?

06.01.1990

WHILE CHANGING THE OIL IN MY MAZDA RX- THE MECHANIC NOTICED A STRONG GASOLINE ODOR IN THE OIL THE MIXTURE WOULD NOT IGNITE TWO MAZDA SERVICE DEPARTMENTS ASSURED ME OVER THE PHONE THAT THIS WAS COMMON DUE TO THE DESIGN...

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Why won't my air-conditioner work when I'm driving uphill?

06.01.1990

HELP I HAVE A PROBLEM THAT OCCURS WHEN I'M ACCELERATING UP A HILL IN MY DODGE ARIES THE COLD AIR FROM THE AIR-CONDITIONER WILL STOP COMING OUT OF THE DASHBOARD VENTS AND START COMING OUT THROUGH THE FLOOR VENTS WHEN...

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The Click and Clack Cockamamie Ergonomics Award:

06.01.1990

DO YOU HAVE ANY CONTENDERS FOR THE CLICK AND CLACK COCKAMAMIE ERGONOMICS AWARD TOM YOU BET I DO THIS WEEK I NOMINATE OUR GOOD BUDDIES FROM ACROSS THE SEA--RANGE ROVER I LIKE RANGE ROVERS BUT THEY HAVE REALLY GONE OUT...

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Do Yugo parts still exist?

06.01.1990

I HAVE A YUGO IS THERE ANYONE LEFT WHO STILL CARRIES PARTS FOR YUGOS OR SHOULD I DUMP IT I'VE ALSO HEARD THAT YUGO WAS VOTED CAR OF THE YEAR BY THE TOW TRUCK DRIVER'S ASSOCIATION NICK RAY WE CAN'T...

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A rumbling front end...

06.01.1990

I HAVE A DODGE CARAVAN WITH MILES MY PROBLEM IS THAT THE FRONT END RUMBLES WHEN I STEP ON THE BRAKE THE RUMBLING BEGAN ON A LONG TRIP THAT INVOLVED A LOT OF HIGHWAY DRIVING AFTER THAT TRIP I HAD...

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A classy car for a classy lady...

06.01.1990

IN THE NEAR FUTURE I MUST PURCHASE A NEW CAR I'M A YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO NEEDS A DEPENDABLE SAFE -DOOR SEDAN I'M LEANING TOWARD THE HONDA ACCORD WHAT DO YOU THINK ALSO WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF...

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