Should I give my old clunker away?

01.01.1990

Can you help me find a useful fate for my English Ford Cortina Deluxe I've owned this car since it was new Within a few years it became difficult to find parts for it and now it sits idle for...

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The mystery of the sinking float...

01.01.1990

We have over miles on our Plymouth Valiant This car has always had excellent care but has developed a dangerous problem over the last several years which our mechanic Bud has not been able to solve As we approach a...

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My is my oil guage light on?

01.01.1990

I own a Toyota Corolla Sedan The dashboard light for what I think is the amount of oil comes on between gearshifts There is no evidence of leakage and I just had the oil and filter changed What could be...

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A vehicle for cross-country travelers

01.01.1990

Your article on the travel trailer was almost a year too late for us but I enjoyed the warning to others We had purchased a foot trailer last February which my husband felt could be towed by our large Chevrolet...

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Why do so many car names end with an "a"?

01.01.1990

We were wondering why so many car makers use names that end with a For example Supra Corsica Honda Daytona Maxima Beretta Miata etc Do the car makers just have an incredible lack of imagination Anthony and Dan TOM We...

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Draining the brake system v. bleeding the lines?

01.01.1990

I have read that all brake fluid should be bled out from time to time because it absorbs water Are they talking about draining the entire system or just bleeding the lines Also how often should this be done Joseph...

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My husband always leaves the light on...

01.01.1990

My husband the absent minded professor drives a Mitsubishi Galant He's very happy with the car but has one major problem He invariably leaves the lights on and runs the battery down to where he has to get a jump...

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Lights that won't come on...

01.01.1990

We have two Grand Am Pontiacs in our family both of which have the same problem In cold weather when the headlights are turned on the dashboard lights don't come on A few miles down the road they come on...

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My mini-van goes forward when it should go backwards...

01.01.1990

I've had a problem with my Plymouth Voyager mini-van for some time The automatic shift indicator keeps slipping For instance the indicator will show the van to be in drive when in fact it is in reverse The van has...

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Do car companies pay for car names?

01.01.1990

Car companies are constantly coming up with names like Pinto Taurus Mustang etc Do they pay for new names Who would I write to Joe RAY You've got a name that you want to sell huh Unfortunately you can't protect...

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Where can I find a scissors frame?

01.01.1990

I own a Chevrolet Caprice convertible My car was involved in a rather violent car wreck and the frame for the convertible top was bent This frame has been described to me as a scissors frame for large GM cars...

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In fifth gear my rpms go crazy...

01.01.1990

I own a Honda CRX Si with miles on it I have never had any major problems with it However there is something that puzzles me When in fifth gear the engine turns at different rpm depending on the conditions...

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Should I shift into neutral when I'm stopped at a light?

01.01.1990

Is it harmful to a car's automatic transmission or engine to take it out of gear to neutral or park when stopped at a light Is it better to just leave it in drive My wife and I have been...

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My car's clock skips ahead four hours...

01.01.1990

I inherited my mother's Olds Cutlass I have driven it from British Columbia Canada to the Gulf of Mexico down the Baja and back generally trashing it It has survived very well except for one thing the dashboard clock every...

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What sort of gas should I put in my old Olds?

01.01.1990

First there was Gasoline Then there was Regular and Unleaded Now there's Unleaded and Super It so happens that we have an elderly Olds that we use to pull our horse trailer The book says to use Regular gas in...

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