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Moisture getting into headlights.

05.01.1996

I have recently purchased a Honda CRX which I love so far The only problem that I have encountered is that the headlights seem to have collected moisture which beads up on the inside of the lenses I...

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Plastic versus metal radiators.

05.01.1996

The radiator on my Mercury Marquis with miles needed replacing and much to my surprise it was plastic It was a bigger surprise when a new one cost plus labor Please give me your opinion on plastic...

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Do fuel pumps make noises when they start to go bad?

05.01.1996

own a Ford Escort with miles In several weeks we plan to trade in the Escort for a brand-new Windstar van When Goose the salesman test-drove the Escort he said the fuel pump was making noises and...

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Big puffs of smoke and lots of racket whenever I downshift.

05.01.1996

I purchased a Ford Ranger V -speed The truck runs like a charm My problem is when I downshift into second gear and accelerate the engine pings very loudly and sounds like a diesel and belches out...

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Is this a problem inherent to the "Lean Burn" engine, or a weather related issue?

05.01.1996

In I bought a new Chrysler Cordoba with a Lean Burn engine Routine maintenance has always been adhered to and the car has never given me a problem until about years ago when during wet weather the...

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Regular or premium unleaded? Follow the manufacturer's recommendation.

05.01.1996

We really enjoy your column Our car is a Honda Accord Our service man tells us that we would get better mileage as well as a cleaner engine if we use unleaded premium gas instead of the recommended...

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Could I have messed something up while changing the battery?

05.01.1996

The local mechanics think I'm crazy My Chevy Beretta with a V- engine and automatic transmission doesn't idle correctly and I believe it is an electrical problem Here's why Until one day last week...

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Separating fact from fiction regarding timing belt changes.

05.01.1996

Thanks for your irreverent and uplifting oily and greasy advice My question is one of timing Timing belts that is I have an Acura Legend four-door midnight blue with miles I have received three...

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Why am I getting a shock every time I touch my truck's door?

05.01.1996

Dodge Dakota and whenever I leave the truck I get a shock when I touch the door This is really starting to tick me off Other than wearing a rubber suit and gloves what can I do -- Duke RAY...

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Why does a helium balloon in the car go backwards when you step on the brakes?

05.01.1996

The other day my kids had a helium-filled balloon in the car Whenever I stepped on the brakes all the passengers were pushed forward but the helium filled balloon went backwards Why is this -- Jeff...

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