Expediated automobile aging.

05.01.1990

this week our sources tell us that Ford has made a breakthrough in the study of automobile aging It seems that they've constructed a special test chamber at their research center in Essex England that can subject a car to...

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Is repair coverage from a life insurance company viable?

05.01.1990

My Cadillac has miles and my warranty just expired last month I have a brochure from a life insurance company that will give me full repair coverage for two years at a cost of dollars I have neither the intention...

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Can I install after-market air bags?

05.01.1990

I have a Mercedes Diesel with over miles on it It's a great car and I'd like to keep it The only problem is it doesn't have air bags I am completely convinced that air bags increase safety Mercedes tells...

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Our poster child for the Boosters of Fourth Gear

05.01.1990

Since I'm so close to losing my mind over this I really hope you can help me fix my beloved truck I have a Nissan X six-cylinder truck that has not given me an ounce of trouble in all of...

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The Click and Clack award for Priorities in Engineering

05.01.1990

of giving credit where credit is due the Click and Clack award for Priorities in Engineering this week goes to our good friends at General Motors TOM Japan may make cars that don't fall apart They may make engines that...

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An American replacement for my foreign car...

04.01.1990

I drive a Acura Legend Coupe and will soon be looking for a replacement The Legend has been trouble free and drives beautifully Can you recommend an American car that would be similar Norm RAY No we can't Get another...

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Must I replace my oxygen sensor?

04.01.1990

I drive a late model car At miles the oxygen sensor light came on I have gotten conflicting opinions about the importance of replacing the oxygen sensor when this dashboard light comes on One mechanic told me it's necessary for...

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Where do I find a "rare part" for my Ford Thunderbird?

04.01.1990

I am trying to locate an exhaust manifold for a Ford Thunderbird I am having a very difficult time Ford has not been able to help me Do you know of any way I might find such a rare part...

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Did some fool leave my oil plug unscrewed?

04.01.1990

Last Wednesday I had the oil changed on my Hyundai Excel at one of those ten minute oil change places By Saturday I had driven less than a hundred miles when the oil light came on and stayed on I...

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Should I let my car idle before I drive it?

04.01.1990

I start my car and immediately drive away at moderate speeds My neighbor to the left starts his car and lets it idle for five minutes before taking off My neighbor across the street takes her car out of the...

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A band-aid won't heal this problem...

04.01.1990

My problem concerns one of my dash lights When I'm traveling at night the red charge light floats in and out very lightly It gets stronger if I use the heater the defroster the radio or the bright lights I've...

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When a colony of ants moves in...

04.01.1990

I am writing for my daughter because she doesn't feel that her problem concerns the area of your expertise However nothing ventured nothing gained She bought a new Ford Thunderbird LX in February with which she is more than satisfied...

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What does it mean to "throw a rod"?

04.01.1990

A friend of mine told me that he had ruined his car engine while driving very fast on a country road He claims he blew a rod and the motor was worthless after that In more technical terms could you...

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Unidentified rattling object...

04.01.1990

I have a Buick LeSabre with a little less than miles on it A white object has partially covered the odometer and I cannot read the mileage I have checked with our mechanic He has no explanation for it and...

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'Fowl Liver', and other car models.

04.01.1990

How about a column on all these letters on the back of cars I've seen LX LXS LE LES DX LXI DL GL VL LS GT GTS GTI SE SX XLT GSE SLE RS CRX EX just to name a...

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