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Is it reall possible for a starter to draw 125 AND 400 amps during two different tests?

09.01.1993

I own a Chrysler Cordoba My deceased husband was a good mechanic However like the proverbial shoemaker never repairing his own shoes my husband was negligent in doing his own mechnical work...

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Do speedbumps damage a car's suspension?

09.01.1993

On my way to work every day I go over several speed bumps on a certain street Can this in any way hurt my car over a long period of time Meredith TOM It certainly can Meredith We're rushing you...

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Removing wheels that have been rusted onto the car.

09.01.1993

You really made a big mistake in your advice to Don regarding his wheels He was the guy whose wheels were rusted onto to his old car You told him to have a mechanic heat up the wheels with an...

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Do manual transmissions still get better gas mileage than autmatic transmissions?

09.01.1993

This question has bugged me for years Why do vehicles with automatic transmissions have mileage ratings that are lower than vehicles with manual transmissions My father says it's because cars with...

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What's behind this shrieking wheel?

09.01.1993

The right front wheel of my Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera shrieks horribly Mostly this happens in the first couple of miles of driving and then intermittently I find this embarrassing not to mention...

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Can you recommend a non-Japanese 4WD vehicle that does well in high winds?

08.01.1993

I've just moved from the foothills to the Sierra Valley where the snow piles up and the winter winds blow I'll be driving across this windy place every day next winter and I'm thinking of selling my...

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Could a faulty ignition system cause your garage door to open by itself?

08.01.1993

I have a white ' Olds Starfire About every third or fourth time I pull into the driveway the electric garage door opens Sometimes the door opens when I'm pulling out of the driveway There is no...

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Changing the timing belt every 45k miles (instead of 60k) might save the engine of your '81 Ford Escort.

08.01.1993

I recently purchased a very used Ford Escort stop laughing it was only I know that they are prone to valve train meltdown When mine does melt can I install a later model engine to avoid a recurrence...

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Your rotors are softer than your brake pads. Talk about a design flaw!

08.01.1993

I am the owner of two General Motors cars which were purchased new They are a Pontiac Grand Am and a Buick Skylark Both have liter four cylinder engines They each have about miles on them Although...

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How can I seal a crack in my manual transmission housing?

08.01.1993

Several years ago I had some work done on my GMC pick up that involved removing the engine and the transmission After the work was completed I discovered a puddle of gear oil forming in my driveway...

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