How do I remove cement from my hood?

12.01.1989

My husband drove our Cadillac somewhere where they were doing construction work and got the hood of the car splashed with what we think is cement It has now dried and we have used everything but paint remover to clean...

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My does my VW Super Beetle die in the rain?

12.01.1989

I love my VW Super Beetle and have had no problems with it except this one After years maybe you can tell my why it always stalls out in damp rainy weather I brought it back to the dealer several...

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What is a "half shaft"?

12.01.1989

What is a half shaft in a Ford Tempo and what makes it give out Barbara TOM The half shaft is what you get from the dealer when your car is still under warranty Once the warranty expires Barbara you...

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Call Conan the Electrocutor...

12.01.1989

How long does a month battery really last Jean TOM That's one of the great unanswered questions of our time Jean It's up there with what is the meaning of life and how many Corinthians were sacrificed for each crushed-Corinthian...

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When your truck rides like a truck...

12.01.1989

We love our ' Chevrolet Astro Van When loaded up for a trip it drives better than most Cadillacs There's only one complaint When driving in town with the van empty it rides like a truck Is there an inexpensive...

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Why are windows wired so they only operate when the ignition is on?

12.01.1989

Why in the world do car makers connect power window circuits so that the ignition switch must be turned on in order to operate the windows It's a pain You get out of the car and realize you left a...

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Name some great American cars!

12.01.1989

My husband thinks the best car in terms of reliability cost and fuel efficiency is the Acura Legend His next favorite car is the Honda Accord Please give us the names of any American automobiles that are as reliable and...

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How to sell an ancient jalopy...

12.01.1989

I have a Chevy ton truck It was used during World War II as a gasoline truck at a local air force base It was used after the war at a local airport until about years ago and it's been...

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How to predict a battery's lifespan?

12.01.1989

Is there any method to determine when an automobile battery is getting toward the end of its life expectancy Our last battery was working perfectly until it went dead completely without warning Fortunately it happened in our garage but if...

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Should I replace my timing belt like my mechanic suggests

12.01.1989

I have an Ford Escort It has close to miles and I've been warned that the timing belt should be changed even though there's nothing wrong with it At I want to know what good it does to change it...

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Should I replace my timing belt like my mechanic suggests?

12.01.1989

I have an Ford Escort It has close to miles and I've been warned that the timing belt should be changed even though there's nothing wrong with it At I want to know what good it does to change it...

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Wheel covers...who needs 'em?

12.01.1989

I have a real problem with the wheel covers on my Delta The wire spokes rattle terribly The garage said to tape them with electrical tape which I did but they have to be re-taped every month New ones are...

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Why does my beloved car rattle on the highway?

12.01.1989

I write to you concerning our beloved Cumulus a white Buick LaSabre We call it Cumulus because it rides like a cloud It has miles and we are beginning to hear things we don't like When we take longer trips...

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What's does 4 X 4 actually mean?

12.01.1989

I had the impression that X meant wheel drive and speed manual transmission Now I see advertisements for X X etc What do these terms mean Will TOM This is what we'll call automotive poetic license I always thought that...

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Labor costs v. doing-it-myself...

12.01.1989

I just a had a speedometer light bulb replaced on my Ford Thunderbird The dashboard had to be removed to do this Two bulbs cost but the labor cost The speedometer is difficult to read without the light Is this...

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