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Towing a car while its manual gearshift is locked in reverse? We can all agree that's a horrible idea, right?

12.01.1993

You guys are pretty good at trouble shooting auto problems but I want to find out just how good you really are Would it harm a car engine to tow the car forward while the manual transmission was in...

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Do I have to have all services performed at the dealer to keep my warranty valid?

12.01.1993

I don't have a problem with my new Buick but I need some information To have the warranty honored is it necessary to go to the GM dealer for maintenance and regular oil changes I'm not completely...

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Will my car last until it's paid off at 30k miles per year?

12.01.1993

I commute miles a week sometimes to and from graduate school I'm a doctoral student in political science The trip is straight flat and boring My ' Geo Metro convertible has miles on it after two and...

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Is my mechanic right to refer me to a dealer for diagnostics and repairs?

11.01.1993

I have a non-turbo Chrysler LeBaron snazzy red Convertible with miles on it I recently took it in for a tuneup at Sears Both before and after the engine idled roughly when I was in gear say at a red...

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Help! Spiders!

11.01.1993

I read your column regularly and since you guys seem to be the reigning kings of answering unusual car questions who else could I turn to I have only been driving for about a year and a half and I...

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How often should my Grand Marquis be greased?

11.01.1993

We own a and Mercury Grand Marquis In both of the owner's manuals it says that the cars should only be greased every miles I'm used to greasing my car every - miles Is there any harm in greasing it...

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Where do "suicide doors" get their name?

11.01.1993

Do you remember the old four-door Lincoln Continentals where the front and back doors both opened out from the same spot in the middle of the car They used to call those suicide doors How did they...

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Yet another case of G.M.P.S.S: General Motors Power Steering Syndrome

11.01.1993

OK you two let's see you answer this one I have a Chevy Celebrity and my brother has a Buick Century We both seem to have the same problem with our power steering When we first start our cars on...

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A high idle speed wreaks havoc on icy roads.

11.01.1993

I have a slick-streets problem with a front-wheel-drive car that my dealer can't help me with When I am slowing down below ten miles per hour on an icy street even using the breaks as lightly as I...

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A misfiring engine on a Ford Pinto.

11.01.1993

I own a Ford Pinto Oh boy that has a peculiar problem I will be cruising down the highway when all of a sudden the engine will start to miss The miss gets more and more severe until I have...

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