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Going through batteries? Check your alternator.

02.01.1996

months after we purchased our Ford T-bird the original -month battery died with no warning signs and had to be replaced months later THAT -month battery died again without warning and had to be...

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Noises going over speed bumps.

02.01.1996

I drive an ' Beretta and just recently I've noticed that when I drive over a speed bump my car makes a loud bang-bang sound that wasn't there before I asked my brother in law if he thought I should...

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Replacing the water pump while changing a timing belt -- good idea or waste of money?

02.01.1996

I have a Honda Prelude The owner's manual recommends changing the timing belt at miles I took it to a repairman for an estimate and he also recommended that I change the water pump He said water...

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Worn out shocks or struts?

02.01.1996

I have a Celica which has begun to exhibit signs of what I think are worn shocks or struts It frequently bottoms out through dips and the tires have begun to rub against something when making sharper...

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Is it true you get better gas mileage using cruise control? Why?

01.01.1996

I recently purchased a ' Ford Probe Cars certainly have come a long way since I last bought one years ago I'm new to cruise control but it didn't take very long to be sold on it However I have...

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Better to let an engine idle on cold mornings, or to drive it right away?

01.01.1996

We have a marital dispute and need your help in settling it My wife and I have a running disagreement over whether it's better to let the car idle for a few minutes after starting it in cold weather...

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How often does my Honda Civic need a valve adjustment?

01.01.1996

I recently purchased an ' Honda Civic One issue of The Consumer Guide Used Car Book says valves must be adjusted every miles to prevent engine woes Later issues of the book do not mention this What...

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Is the LeBaron's engine that durable, or does the car just attract gentle drivers?

01.01.1996

I recently bought a LeBaron with miles on it even though my last car blew up at I bought it because I've heard nothing but good things about the slant six engine that Chrysler used in the 's and 's...

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How to test your starter to see if it's functioning correctly.

01.01.1996

I have a Toyota Celica Sport Coupe Two months ago after driving about ten miles to a shopping mall I returned to my car and it wouldn't start The ignition was completely dead I got a jump and whipped...

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No doubt about it, your engine is overheating.

01.01.1996

Help I have a mystery problem Grandma gave me her ' Volkswagen Rabbit with only miles on it Lately it's running hot and the heat does not dissipate On a particularly hot humid day while stuck in...

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