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Advice on how to stop a runaway vehicle.

08.01.1996

We need a favor Some time ago you printed a letter about a runaway vehicle and you gave some advice about how to stop a runaway We clipped the article but lost it Our boss says you should turn off...

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Should I turn off the AC before turning off the engine?

08.01.1996

We've just purchased a new Ford Ranger pickup The salesman told us the air conditioner should be turned off before turning off the ignition when we park the pickup He said something about it making...

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Pinging and knocking during pre-ignition could involve a number of systems. Here's where to begin looking.

08.01.1996

I have a Honda Accord Lxi which knocks and pings when it is under load unless I use super premium gas What's actually going on when it does this What is pinging -- Kenny RAY I asked my -year-old son...

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True or False: There are bacteria lining the roadways that eat up worn tire tread material.

07.01.1996

I saw one of your old columns in which you wondered what happened to all the tread worn off tires New Jersey was concerned about that some years ago and determined that bacteria had developed along...

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How important is mileage when buying a used car these days?

07.01.1996

How important is mileage in buying a used car Why would highway miles be any different from other types of miles It used to be that miles was high mileage Now one sees cars with to miles on dealers'...

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When should a battery be replaced in a car?

07.01.1996

When should the battery be replaced in a car My husband says that I should get a new one for my ' Olds Cutlass Supreme that has miles Since the battery has never acted up is it really necessary --...

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How can I avoid a messy disaster when I change those difficult Toyota oil filters?

07.01.1996

In my Toyota Camry the oil filter is mounted upside down meaning that the open end of the filter is face-down to the ground This creates a tremendous problem when I go to change the filter No matter...

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Are all cars constructed of the same materials? What should I look for when buying?

07.01.1996

Are all cars constructed of the same materials I know the bodies are made of a steel frame but what is the rest of the car made of I was told some cars have a lot of plastic -- doors...

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Ideas for a car that can be used to commute during the week and haul the family on the weekend?

07.01.1996

I read your column every week You not only supply great automotive advice but you add that extra quart of humor that we all need I'm in need of a combination vehicle I need a four-door six-passenger...

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Difference between "remanufactured" and "rebuilt" auto parts?

07.01.1996

I recently needed a new alternator for my Chevy When I asked about getting a rebuilt alternator it was recommended that I purchase a remanufactured alternator instead There is a substantial price...

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