Brake fluid contamination? or simple obfuscation?

12.01.1990

Recently the brakes on my Olds Royale Brougham went to the floor while my wife was driving She had to pump them to get them back We took the car to a muffler brake shop and were told that the...

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What does retarded timing yield?

12.01.1990

I have a Mazda B pick up truck with miles on it Up until recently I've been pleased with it's performance Now the acceleration is sluggish and it guzzles gas I've recently changed the oil and gotten a tune up...

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When to get an oil change

12.01.1990

I drive very little since retiring and have put on only miles in the last ten months My owner's manual says to change the oil every miles or six months whichever comes first But with miles to go before I...

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Chrysler to set new directions with compasses!

12.01.1990

Why aren't compasses provided in cars by the manufacturers In their quest for high-tech instruments idiot lights bells buzzers digital readouts etc why can't they furnish a simple useful device like a good quality compass The compasses you can buy...

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A half full or half empty tank.

12.01.1990

First of all I really enjoy your column even though I'm not a car person I own a Volvo DL wagon It has miles on it and it runs well My problem is that when the tank gets almost half...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 1

12.01.1990

noticed that around this time of year all of the automotive publications Road and Flack Car and Drivel come out with their lists of ten best cars RAY Well we've noticed that we often disagree with a lot of their...

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What is a reliable car for a 16-year-old?

12.01.1990

Okay I'm I need a car It has to have good gas mileage a standard shift and seat about four I have earned dollars and my parents are contributing another dollars So what is the most reliable car I would...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 2

12.01.1990

gave you the first installment of Click and Clack's Ten Best Cars TOM We named the Dodge Caravan Plymouth Voyager Best Minivan We named the Ford Taurus Mercury Sable Best All Around Sedan And we named the Toyota Camry the...

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Which cars have PASSENGER side air bags?

12.01.1990

Can you tell me which cars are now available with PASSENGER side air bags Bill RAY I'm afraid you've taken the bait Bill Your wife wrote to us a few weeks ago and asked how she could get you to...

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Thank you for the good work!

12.01.1990

This letter is to thank you for your column on GM power steering problems I too was having a problem with the steering on my Chevrolet Cavalier wagon It was just as you described it was hard to turn the...

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You're the next best thing to "Dear Abby!"

12.01.1990

I'm interested in buying a new car next year My main criterion will be safety A military tank wouldn't be sporty enough for my teenager to drive so that's out What else would you suggest Thanks By the way I...

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Can sludge in the carburetor cause racing?

12.01.1990

I own a Olds Cutlass Ciera When I have the air conditioner or the defroster on the car will start racing Really racing I can have my foot on the brake and you can hear the gas pedal clicking by...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 3

12.01.1990

two weeks we've been unveiling our picks for ten best cars of In case you forgot here are the winners we've announced so far TOM The BEST MINIVAN is the Dodge Caravan Plymouth Voyager The BEST ALL-AROUND SEDAN is the...

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Sand bags for winter traction?

12.01.1990

I am aware that while driving in winter conditions it is important to keep extra weight in the trunk of a car to help with traction However now that I have a car with front wheel drive this practice seems...

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50 dollars

12.01.1990

I enjoy your articles about cars convertibles in particular I am the original owner of a Chevrolet Caprice convertible in excellent condition It has a big engine and only miles The car is always garaged and I expect to keep...

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