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In your columns on the vices virtues of allowing a...

11.01.1994

In your columns on the vices virtues of allowing a car to warm up on a cold morning I don't recall you discussing the use of an engine pre-heater With the cold winters where I live in Montana many...

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My owner's manual says to use half antifreeze and half water, but my mechanic says just add antifreeze.

10.01.1994

Last fall when I had my radiator flushed and coolant changed on my Ford Escort my mechanic said it would be fine to put all antifreeze in the system My owner's manual says to use half antifreeze and...

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Does the law require that an entire seat belt be replaced rather than just the defective part?

10.01.1994

The spring broke inside the clasp on the driver's side seat belt on my Bronco II The spring is for the button you push to release the belt A Ford dealer told me that I would need to purchase an...

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Why can't all manufacturers put the gas filler tube on the left side?

10.01.1994

Since we live in America we are accustomed to driving on the right side of the road Wouldn't it be nice if the automobile manufacturers allowed us to drive on the right side at the gasoline pumps Why...

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I had a full tank of gas, but put in a bottle of transmission fluid by mistake.

10.01.1994

I have made a terrible mistake I keep my dry gas in one spot on my cellar shelf Somehow a bottle of transmission fluid was put there by accident You guessed it I had a full tank of gas and...

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What does it take to get a little respect from a mechanic?

10.01.1994

On behalf of all women who have to fend for themselves when dealing with mechanics I'd like some advice on how to get a modicum of respect If I were to pull a bum off the street and have him...

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It's not only unsafe to coast with your engine off, it's illegal.

10.01.1994

I really enjoy your column and have learned a lot over many years reading it I have a Toyota Tercel with a standard transmission I am on social security so I'm trying to save every penny I can I...

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When is it no longer feasible reasonable prudent or intelligent to continue paying repair costs on an aging vehicle?

10.01.1994

When is it no longer feasible reasonable prudent or intelligent to continue paying repair costs on an aging vehicle Car in question Buick Regal with an oil leak faulty transmission poor brakes...

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Is it paranoid to keep doors locked while driving?

10.01.1994

I'm hoping you can settle a disagreement My fiancee thinks I am being excessively paranoid for wanting the car doors locked while driving I say that with car-jackings and random stop light robberies...

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Can I shift into Drive while coasting in Reverse...without first braking to a stop?

10.01.1994

I have a Dodge with an automatic transmission When I put it into Reverse and back it onto the street from my drive way I shift it into Drive while the car is still rolling backwards My dad tells me...

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