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Rinsing out an engine with a quart of oil?

11.01.1993

A friend of mine suggested that when changing my oil I drain out the old oil and add just one quart Then run the engine for a few minutes to kind of rinse it out What are your thoughts Tom...

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Engage the parking brake before or after shifting into "Park"?

10.01.1993

I told a friend that she should use her parking brake before she puts her automatic transmission in Park I told her that she should do this to save the wear and tear on the parking pawl and prevent...

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How can I install a rear window defroster kit?

10.01.1993

Help You are my last resort My dear cousin gave me a defroster kit for the rear window of my two-door Ford Escort The kit is three years old now and I still haven't found a mechanic who will put...

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Golden Rule: preventative maintenance ALWAYS costs less than repairs.

10.01.1993

I have a problem I own free and clear a Nissan Sentra that has miles on it and I've never done anything to it except replace its four tires keep it oiled and lubed and put gas in it I...

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If odometers reset at 99,999 miles, how can I tell if a car has 58k on it, or 158k?

10.01.1993

I have been looking to buy a used truck The problem I've been running into is with the odometer On a lot of cars and trucks the odometer does not go to miles It goes to and then starts over...

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Vodka in the antifreeze reservoir? No problem.

10.01.1993

We are both Canada Customs Inspectors at the Windsor-Detroit border crossing Recently we examined a Cadillac Seville in our secondary inspection area Under the hood of the car we discovered an...

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Checking the oil correctly may interfere with someone's romantic plans.

10.01.1993

I teach at a major university about miles from my home During the work week my home away from home is in an apartment complex inhabited primarily by university students Through my window I recently...

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Get used to that '79 Corolla, it may never die.

10.01.1993

I have a problem with my car that I have never seen addressed in your column before I drive a Toyota Corolla that I bought new years ago The problem I am having is that I can't get it to...

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Steering wheel that's too slick to safely handle.

10.01.1993

I know you've never heard this one I have an ' Buick LeSabre that I bought used The steering wheel is too slick for safe operation I've tried cleaning the wheel and applying all kinds of polishes...

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How should I prepare my car to be stored through the winter?

10.01.1993

Aloha I live in Hawaii but travel to Vermont in the summer and have a car that I leave in Vermont It's a Subaru WD wagon Every year it sits through the freezing winter I have taken the battery out...

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