Do anti-lock brakes take longer to kick in?

10.01.1989

I understand that anti-lock brakes work by pulsing the brakes to keep them from locking My question is are there circumstances under which this could cause the car to take longer to stop For instance let's say you just start...

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Why does my car release a big cloud of blue exhaust smoke?

10.01.1989

I have a four-door Subaru GL with a little over miles I get good mileage an average of miles per gallon My problem is that approximately every tenth start there is a big cloud of blue exhaust smoke What causes...

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There's ringing in my ears...

10.01.1989

I have an ' Ford Ranger with a liter four-cylinder engine air conditioning and power steering Since the truck was fairly new it has made a ringing noise It sounds a bit like a circular saw It seems to come...

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Do you know where your CV joints are?

10.01.1989

I have a Ford Escort with miles on it I was recently told that I need new CV joints Can you explain what happens when CV joints go bad Paul RAY CV joints are intricate ball and socket joints used...

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My car needs a good lick of paint...

10.01.1989

I have a Ford Thunderbird that I would like to have repainted What kind of paint jobs are available and what does one look for in a shop that paints automobiles George RAY Finding a good paint shop is akin...

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How do I stop up the holes in my car?

10.01.1989

I own a Chevy Chevette with no floor I'm a single nurse trying to make ends meet--in this case I'd like to make the sides of my car meet I put down a couple of pieces of sheet metal but...

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Is my car overheating?

10.01.1989

I own a Ford LTD that I would like to keep as long as I can It has one big fault I dread driving this car in very hot weather because after several stops the temperature light will be on...

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My Saab's a real whiner!

10.01.1989

My Saab has developed a peculiar noise after miles At speeds above mph there is a whine that sounds just like tires on an old steel grate As the speed of the car increases the pitch but not the volume...

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Disc brakes can be noisey...

10.01.1989

I bought a new Mercury Sable which I now have miles on After it's been parked overnight the brakes squeal for the first three or so stops I have spoken to two other owners and they have the same problem...

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What's with the water in my fuel?

10.01.1989

My Volkswagen Jetta is hygroscopic It attracts water in the fuel Three weeks ago my car was towed to the dealer They tested the gas in the tank and found it was water later I had a dry fuel system...

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Waiting until something breaks versus regular maintenance?

09.01.1989

I was going to ask for advice about what car to buy but I just found one I fell in love with I just bought a Toyota Cressida Wagon It has almost miles but it looks beautiful seems to have...

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Why was the idea of front wheel drive shelved from the 1920s to the 1970s?

09.01.1989

I ran across an interesting bit of history recently It seems that Cord made a front wheel drive car in I also found out that Mr Cord put himself in dire straits with the Securities and Exchange Commission by valuing...

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What's the purpose of the bronze coil in the Volvo fuel injection system?

09.01.1989

I've had a couple of Volvos that have taken me well over 100k miles each. Both cars have in a hose that snakes around the fuel injection system a...

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Is it wise to buy a car in during a "one day sale"?

09.01.1989

It has been a long time since I bought a car and I need some advice--immediately--on how to go about it I bought my Datsun in and it's time to get another car The reason for the urgency is that...

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Is it worth spending more for extra safety features?

09.01.1989

After years of buying dogs I had an old Chevy Nova and a Vega I am ready to move up Is the All-trac Camry safer to drive in the snow and rain and is it worth the cost Do you...

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