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How often should I be changing my transmission fluid?

04.01.1995

I have been taking my ' VW Scirocco to those instant oil change places for years Maybe that's why I have miles on it and it still runs great Lately these instant oil change places have increased the...

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Where can I research the reliability of the Dodge Intrepid I'm considering buying?

04.01.1995

I'm Jack an year old geezer who needs your help Knowing how much you two brothers love and admire one another I feel I can rely on both of you for sage advice I've had it in mind to buy...

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How can I avoid generating so much static electricity in my car during winter months?

03.01.1995

How do you stop the Charge you get when you slide out of your car on winter days The spark from me to the first metal object usually the driver's door can jump about six inches Steve RAY C'mon Steve...

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Where could this knocking sound come from on a car with a brand new axle?

03.01.1995

I would guess that untyped letters are put on the bottom of the stack How about good large writing So far so good Still with me I have two Hondas One is a hatchback and one is a four door...

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Any chance a bad thermostat could cause my check-engine-light to come on?

03.01.1995

I have a Ford Aerostar with miles on it I have two problems Problem When I put on the brakes my oil light comes on and my oil needle drops all the way down like I don't have any oil...

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Could suspicious tachometer readings be caused by a change in wheel or tire size?

03.01.1995

I enjoy your column but I think you goofed recently You answered a letter from Ken who noticed that his tachometer was reading about rpm higher than it used to at miles an hour Based on his...

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What purpose do parking lights serve?

03.01.1995

My sister and I are wondering about parking lights on automobiles why do cars have them The only time we ever see a car with parking lights on is during the twilight hours of the morning or early...

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Is it really possible to overfill one's transmission with fluid?

03.01.1995

Does it harm an automatic transmission if the fluid is well above the full mark on the dipstick Lynn TOM Apparently it does You may notice a little warning that says something like Caution Do Not...

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Is it safe to put transmission fluid into the power steering reservoir?

03.01.1995

My neighbor Mike and I are backyard mechanics Mike has forgotten more about automobiles than I will ever know Mike says that you can use automatic transmission fluid ATF in your power steering system...

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Was an extra charge for flushing out my tire necessary?

03.01.1995

Upon leaving my house one day last week I noticed my car had a flat tire It is virtually impossible to remove a wheel previously installed with an air-operated impact wrench so I chose to use a can...

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