Skip "break-in," and go right to "broken"

09.01.1990

Here's a first-time car owner's dilemma Before reading the owner's manual or learning about the concept of a break-in period I drove my new Toyota Tercel EZ at a steady ninety mph for nearly an hour before it had even...

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What is that smell, Kurtis?

09.01.1990

I own a Studebaker It runs fine except that once in a while a strong smell of gas comes through the vents and into the cockpit Because of these fumes the last date I had relieved her stomach on an...

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I want luxurious spaciousness!

09.01.1990

I am the not so proud owner of a Oldsmobile Toronado with miles on it I've had more than my share of major repairs on this car and I no longer believe my Toronado is reliable What car would you...

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This week--a radio that loses its memory more than my brother!

09.01.1990

I have a 1987 Acura Legend that I enjoy tremendously But I have a strange problem that has recurred four times The original-equipment radio periodically loses its memory of the stations and three equalizer settings that I program into it The...

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How many keychain charms are too many?

09.01.1990

My husband and I are having an argument that I hope you can settle My key chain has a lot of items hanging on it very few of which are keys I have charms key chains with funny sayings polished...

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Bronko Nagurski football helmet--for extra protection

09.01.1990

When starting a Ford Escort one morning there was a loud explosion The motor ran extremely rough for a while and the engine area was splattered with oil The gaskets of the valve cover the oil pan and the front...

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Do automatic transmissions go up hills?

09.01.1990

A friend of mine is afraid to use his car on steep hills for fear it will damage the automatic transmission I have been told by mechanics that this is baloney What do you say Earl RAY Gee I don't...

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A jalopy in Jaguar's clothing...

09.01.1990

I'm thinking of getting an older Jaguar in the next year after my son years old has his own car so he won't be driving mine I'd like it to be late ' s or early ' s cost -...

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The time-old ON/OFF air conditioning debacle

09.01.1990

I wonder if you can answer a question in order to solve an argument I'm having with my husband Is it better for the car engine if you turn OFF the air conditioner before you start the car and then...

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A car with more pep...

08.01.1990

I currently own a Volvo I am pleased with my car but I'd like my next car to have more pep I am considering the Volvo GLE with the multi-valve engine What do you think Robert RAY Well almost anything...

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Is removing a stereo so difficult?

08.01.1990

Occasionally the drive belts in the tape deck of my ' LeSabre come off I think I could replace the belts if I could get the stereo out of the dash The recommended repair shop charges and keeps the car...

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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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