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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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How is it that coolant, aka "anti-freeze", can protect against both hot and cold temperatures?

07.01.1996

This is not really a car question but it has to do with a car It will help you to know that I'm from Canada where winters are very cold My husband kept running away then I met this great...

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If the check engine light goes on after the car warms up, is it still a problem?

07.01.1996

If anyone ever told this female that I'd be looking forward to an automotive column every week I'd never have believed it But it's true I'm writing because our Mercury Marquis has an ailment that our...

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What do you think of the BMW 318ti?

07.01.1996

I'm thinking about buying a BMW ti I'm in my early s married with two dogs It seems to be just the type of car for people like me But since it's only been out for a year or so...

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Are shocks impacted by weather?

07.01.1996

My car is a Ford Taurus GL bought secondhand last September with miles on it This past winter whenever the temperature went down to freezing or below the ride became very rough and even going over a...

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Crankshaft started leaking after a timing belt change. Coincidence?

07.01.1996

The timing belt in my -cylinder Toyota Camry was replaced at miles at a foreign-car repair shop Upon a free complete auto inspection at the Toyota dealership a little over a year later it was...

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Dealer always suggest more routine maintenance services than my owner's manual. Necessary?

07.01.1996

I took my Dodge Caravan into the dealer for the -mile maintenance expecting to have only the five items taken care of that are listed on the owner's manual maintenance schedule Inspect and Adjust...

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Should I worry about a dipstick reading that shows oil ABOVE the full mark?

07.01.1996

Please settle a little argument my friend and I are having about engine oil levels I change the oil in my cars every miles I usually let the fast-oil-change places do the work More times than not...

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