Why does my car pop out of gear when driving up steep hills?

09.01.1989

I have a Subaru GL WD Wagon The car runs perfectly and has gone over miles A minor problem occurs when the car is in first gear on a very steep hill headed downhill It will sometimes pop out of...

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Should I give my car to my son?

09.01.1989

Please comment on whether I should buy a preowned Porsche and give my ' Ford Tempo to my son for a graduation present let me mention that we are not that close My other idea is to buy a preowned...

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Can you explain the Mercedes Benz model designation?

09.01.1989

I'm having trouble understanding Mercedes Benz model designation Would you please explain it to me so I can tell what a E is Rob TOM It's actually very simple Rob The first number refers to the engine displacement So a...

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Turbo Surprise

09.01.1989

persistent attempts to keep his bucket of bolts on the road year after year we realize that most sane people buy new cars from time to time So we'd like to periodically give you our impressions of some of the...

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Can I add rust inhibitor to my antifreeze?

09.01.1989

I've heard you guys talk about antifreeze and the need to replace it every year or two because of radiator rusting Antifreeze is getting so expensive that I was wondering if you could just add a small can of rust...

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Should I have to pay a fee to have my transmission simply looked at?

09.01.1989

I have a -speed Honda Accord with miles It runs great except that the transmission slips out of third gear when I let off the gas abruptly go over a few bumps or drive in third for an extended period...

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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 miles each One was a my current one is an ' Here's the question Both cars have in a hose that snakes around the fuel injection system a...

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What do you do when your car only takes leaded gasoline?

08.01.1989

I have a Mercedes It uses regular leaded gasoline which is getting harder to find at most service stations When I have to use unleaded gasoline should I add one of the lead additives that are available in auto parts...

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Is Brian's carburetor float a sinker of a floater?

08.01.1989

I have a MGA with twin SU carbs The engine is kept in perfect tune or as perfect as a British engine can get yet I've had one problem for a year and a half If the car is allowed...

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How do you know if your mechanic is honest?

08.01.1989

Is there anyway to learn without spending a lot of money whether your mechanic is competent and honest Karl RAY Well you can test for dishonesty without spending any money For instance if your mechanic's valet answers the phone and...

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This week--How to determine if your heat gauge's busted.

08.01.1989

I have a Ford F Pick-Up with a V- and super cooling I've put in a new radiator hoses thermostat sending unit dash gauge fan clutch and water pump and still the heat gauge reads to hot in stop-and-go traffic...

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What do oil ratings stand for?

08.01.1989

I recently bought a used Corvette and I have a question about oil I looked at oil in the supermarket the other day and found that Pennzoil comes as W- with SG SF CC and CD ratings What do they...

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A full-size car for a full-size Cello.

08.01.1989

I have a Subaru wagon I'm going to need a bigger car in about a year when my son Joey switches to a bigger cello I don't like the way my friend's Volvo handles here in the mountains--my Subaru has...

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