Should I be worried that my car ticks?

11.01.1990

When I turn off the engine and start to walk away from my Nissan I often hear a ticking noise What exactly is causing the noise and is it anything to worry about Jack RAY What do you do for...

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Correction, it was the moulding!

11.01.1990

Several weeks ago you got a letter from a woman whose Honda Accord was whistling You suggested she have the doors and windows checked as that was a frequent source of whistles We have a Honda and it too whistled...

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Carla's ex-husband tells her what to do with her Cadillac

11.01.1990

I have a Cadillac with miles I will soon be divorced and am concerned about this car since you stated in a previous column that an ' Cadillac is not exactly the zenith of reliability I asked my soon-to-be-ex-husband what...

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Is my gas gauge broken?

11.01.1990

I have a Camaro The gas gauge indicator goes all the way to empty when the car is turned off Then it goes all the way to full when the car is started It never shows anything in between no...

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Salt invades little nooks and crannies

11.01.1990

Living in a snowy town I've always wondered about the wisdom of washing my car in the winter Somehow it seems to me that spraying the salt off my car might do more harm than good by allowing the salt...

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"Little Honda on the Prairie"

11.01.1990

Would you like to hear the end of a story The story of the -year-old woman planning an extended tour of the western half of the United States in a high mileage eight-year-old Honda Accord With her dog for company...

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Mac's Dodge Swinger

11.01.1990

I own a Dodge Swinger I use only leaded gasoline But since leaded gas these days has only a tiny bit of lead in it should I use one of these bottled lead substitutes Mac RAY Not to change the...

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Unocal oil company saves world from unsightly jalopies

11.01.1990

ideas TOM What You going to keep quiet this week RAY No listen to what the Unocal oil company is doing in California They're crushing thousands of old jalopies TOM That's terrible Someone call the police Tell them to keep...

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Should I pre-lube my lemon?

11.01.1990

I am a doctor who has always had a great desire to completely overhaul an automobile from stem to stern Finally since I have no background I bought some books and then went looking for a car I figured a...

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Does my husband really need to down-shift?

11.01.1990

I have a Plymouth Turismo with a five-speed manual transmission My husband drives the car whenever we travel somewhere He always down-shifts when he passes another car Please explain the point of leaving fifth gear when the car is moving...

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Should I drive fast or slow on a dirt road?

11.01.1990

I drive on a dirt road approximately two miles daily I have heard opposing suggestions about the best way to drive on dirt roads One theory is to drive slowly - mph so the bumps will not cause so much...

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Diagnosis: an acute case of cheapskatery

11.01.1990

We recently bought an ' Toyota Corolla Diesel from my mother-in-law The car runs great but we're having a problem with the air conditioning When you start the car it works fine But then the light on the A C...

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Should I trust the manual or tire for proper tire pressure?

11.01.1990

I have a ' Hyundai It says on the tire that maximum pressure is psi But the owner's manual says psi Why the big difference Alice TOM The number on the tire's sidewall psi is the maximum pressure you can...

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The pros and cons of coasting

11.01.1990

I like to coast down long hills in neutral to save gas Sometimes I can go ten miles or more without touching the gas pedal My wife doesn't like it when I do this What are the pros and cons...

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Why hide the headlights?

11.01.1990

I have never seen a man or woman put a band-aid over a diamond ring Yet every year some cars come out with their headlights covered Why hide them George TOM It's purely a matter of styling George Some designers...

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