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Where does the term "idiot lights" come from?

05.01.1993

Please settle some confusion My husband says the term idiot light comes from the fact that the car is an idiot and cannot comprehend why the light is lit I say it's because people are idiots and have...

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Hoping to avoid having to buy a new car in my 80s.

05.01.1993

I enjoy your column very much To my amazement so does my wonderful mother-in-law who is Recently she and I were talking about her car It's a one owner year old Chevy Citation with about miles on it...

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How do oxygen sensors work?

05.01.1993

I have a question about the oxygen sensor on my Toyota Corolla How does it work and what is its purpose John TOM That's a good question John The oxygen sensor is part of the emission control system...

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Myth: Manual transmissions are better for towing.

05.01.1993

I have a Toyota -Runner with V engine and -speed manual transmission It has been running perfectly in both summer and winter Recently I purchased a boat and installed a hitch on the car The problem...

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Why do front tires sometimes have different air pressure than rear tires.

05.01.1993

Most of the cars I've owned have called for the same tire pressure front and rear But I've always wondered why the pressure couldn't be more closely related to the weight distribution of the car For...

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Wildlife-proofing your car's electrical wiring. Also, Mitsubishi Diamantes.

05.01.1993

I have been reading your wonderful column for sometime now and finally have a problem that I think is up your alley My Subaru Justy please stifle your laughter--I love this little car was devoured by...

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The meaning of 4x4.

05.01.1993

I work as an engineer at one of the Big Three in Detroit and during a discussion with my engineering colleagues it was revealed that none of us knew what the numbers X means After debating we decided...

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Ford says I don't need to service my transmission. What do you think?

05.01.1993

The owner's manual for my Ford Taurus lists Fluid changes of band adjustments on a -speed overdrive automatic transaxle under items never requiring maintenance The dealer recommends that I DO have...

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Some high octane advice for this husband.

04.01.1993

My wife Janet I had always believed loved me Which is precisely why I was always allowed to have your radio show on in the house despite her objection Otherwise you two gentlemen would have been...

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Don't mess around with a shimmy in the front-end.

04.01.1993

My mom owns a Merkur Scorpio that I drive quite often It has miles on it The problem we have is when you hit the brakes to stop the steering wheel shakes and shimmies to the right and left all...

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