When to use the different automatic transmission positions...

04.01.1990

I would appreciate your discussing the different positions in automatic transmissions Overdrive Drive Second and First When and at what speed is each position most appropriately used Is it bad for the car to use Overdrive most of the time...

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One person's antique is another person's junk.

04.01.1990

I have a Cadillac and am wondering if this is a classic or antique vehicle yet It needs both body and mechanical work and the Cadillac dealerships have all told me that won't work on such an old car Should...

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An American replacement for my foreign car...

04.01.1990

I drive a Acura Legend Coupe and will soon be looking for a replacement The Legend has been trouble free and drives beautifully Can you recommend an American car that would be similar Norm RAY No we can't Get another...

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Must I replace my oxygen sensor?

04.01.1990

I drive a late model car At miles the oxygen sensor light came on I have gotten conflicting opinions about the importance of replacing the oxygen sensor when this dashboard light comes on One mechanic told me it's necessary for...

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Where do I find a "rare part" for my Ford Thunderbird?

04.01.1990

I am trying to locate an exhaust manifold for a Ford Thunderbird I am having a very difficult time Ford has not been able to help me Do you know of any way I might find such a rare part...

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'Fowl Liver', and other car models.

04.01.1990

How about a column on all these letters on the back of cars I've seen LX LXS LE LES DX LXI DL GL VL LS GT GTS GTI SE SX XLT GSE SLE RS CRX EX just to name a...

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This week, what makes that body rattle?

04.01.1990

I have a Mitsubishi Galant which has developed a chatter when I accelerate back up stop at a stop light or even just rev the engine to - rpm The transmission was replaced less than a year ago and the...

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When the rains come, bust out the hairdryer!

04.01.1990

My daughter owns a VW bug that she parks on the street When it rains hard the car won't start To get it started she has to take off the distributor cap and dry it with a hair dryer Is...

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Did some fool leave my oil plug unscrewed?

04.01.1990

Last Wednesday I had the oil changed on my Hyundai Excel at one of those ten minute oil change places By Saturday I had driven less than a hundred miles when the oil light came on and stayed on I...

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Caution: Carbon monoxide may cause typos.

04.01.1990

A couple of days ago while walking to my Camry I noticed that the tail pipe was closed Upon inspection I found that it was full of dirt for some six inches I don't know how long it had been...

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Should I let my car idle before I drive it?

04.01.1990

I start my car and immediately drive away at moderate speeds My neighbor to the left starts his car and lets it idle for five minutes before taking off My neighbor across the street takes her car out of the...

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A band-aid won't heal this problem...

04.01.1990

My problem concerns one of my dash lights When I'm traveling at night the red charge light floats in and out very lightly It gets stronger if I use the heater the defroster the radio or the bright lights I've...

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When a colony of ants moves in...

04.01.1990

I am writing for my daughter because she doesn't feel that her problem concerns the area of your expertise However nothing ventured nothing gained She bought a new Ford Thunderbird LX in February with which she is more than satisfied...

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What does it mean to "throw a rod"?

04.01.1990

A friend of mine told me that he had ruined his car engine while driving very fast on a country road He claims he blew a rod and the motor was worthless after that In more technical terms could you...

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Unidentified rattling object...

04.01.1990

I have a Buick LeSabre with a little less than miles on it A white object has partially covered the odometer and I cannot read the mileage I have checked with our mechanic He has no explanation for it and...

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