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A Weaving Car Is Not Safe to Drive

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Lucy checked all the usual suspects on her weaving Corolla, but there's another culprit to investigate.

alignment tires steering Toyota Corolla 1999

Dec 01, 1996

All about all-aluminum engines.

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I really need your expertise on this one My question is about the all- aluminum engines found in many of the American and import cars sold today Are the all-aluminum engines as good as cast-iron-block or all-cast-iron engines Also does...

engines

Dec 01, 1996

Is it a problem that most luxury cars haven't yet implemented front-wheel drive technology?

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I am starting to shop for a luxury automobile For the past years I have owned front-wheel-drive cars All the major luxury brands now have old rear-wheel-drive technology My understanding is that FWD is the better technology both for saving...

front-wheel drive rear-wheel drive

Dec 01, 1996

Stalling in the rain...caused by any number of things.

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in good condition But after it sits in a large downpour it stalls suddenly in traffic Now I don't drive it after a rainstorm Do you know what my problem may be Thank you -- Mary RAY Did Oldsmobile sell...

diagnostics

Dec 01, 1996

Does double-clutching do any good (or harm) on modern manual transmissions?

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Years ago my older brother showed me how to downshift to my non- synchronized first gear on my three-speed manual transmission by double clutching Over the years I've continued the practice even though it's no longer necessary I limit my...

driving tips manual transmissions

Dec 01, 1996

What causes a battery to explode?

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My daughter's Dodge Caravan has a -liter Mitsubishi engine Until recently the -year-old maintenance-free battery functioned flawlessly Recently after a -mile drive after the engine was off for five minutes the battery exploded upon restart It blew off its top...

batteries

Dec 01, 1996

Gasoline in the crankcase? Check the carburetor float and your fuel pump first.

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Recently I restored a Triumph TR- I installed new valves new rings new bearings and seals Twice since then I have found the fuel running out the rear seal And upon draining the crankcase I have found that it was...

fuel pumps carburetors

Dec 01, 1996

Toyota starter problems.

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I have a Toyota Supra with miles with a problem my dealer can't solve When I take the car out for the first time each day only and drive only a short distance two or three miles and then stop...

starters

Dec 01, 1996

Your alternator might be causing your brake light to flicker.

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Datsun B Two or three months ago I noticed that the dashboard brake light was flickering as if it were a turn indicator while I was stopped at a red light I immediately drove to my trustworthy mechanic They decided...

warning lights electrical wiring alternators

Nov 01, 1996

When will Mercedes change the headlight design on the S-class to match that of the E-class?

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Mercedes Benz has changed its E series body style and added those nice round bug-eye headlights I would like to know when Mercedes will change the S series body style The local dealer says he has no information at this...

headlights Mercedes-Benz S-Class