Quad 4, and other quandries

03.01.1991

What does the term Quad mean when speaking of automobile engines Scott RAY Quad is a registered trade mark of the General Motors Corporation It's GM's name for a four cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder which is now...

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An airbag discussion.

03.01.1991

I would like you to discuss air bags I'm curious about whether they really work and why all cars don't have them If air bags save lives why aren't they mandatory Katherine RAY Yes Katherine air bags do save lives--as...

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Custom order springs

03.01.1991

The driver's side door of our Datsun is missing the spring that holds the door ajar We first noticed the missing part a few weeks ago it was probably worn out after having served for thirteen years Without this spring...

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The acid test for catching a slipping clutch?

03.01.1991

My Celica has miles on the original clutch It has not begun to slip yet but it must be running on borrowed time I was told by a friend that the acid test is to rev the engine with the...

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A Complaint from the A.B.O.M.

03.01.1991

So often we hear complaints about mechanics Let me share a recent personal experience My car would not shift smoothly nor at the proper speeds I drove into a local transmission franchise and explained my problem to the manager He...

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The elusive front-end vibration:

03.01.1991

I have a AMC Eagle When driving on a paved road the front end will sometimes start to shake at around mph You can see the dash vibrate I can go for months or over a thousand miles between incidents...

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Alice's husband: A man of old habits

03.01.1991

My husband just cannot break himself of old habits and I'm wondering it if is doing any damage to the car After years of driving a manual shift we bought a completely automatic small foreign-made car Instead of letting the...

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"Classic" car for sale

03.01.1991

Is there a paper published for advertising classic and antique cars I have a Pontiac Tempest in excellent condition that I would like to sell Dorothy RAY Well Dorothy the trick to selling a classic car is finding some screwball...

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A First? Car Talk saves Gary money

03.01.1991

Thanks I would like to express my appreciation for your article on General Motors power steering problems The problem you described difficult steering for a few minutes when the car is cold was exactly what I had experienced with my...

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It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a campus commuter?

03.01.1991

I am a student who needs a car to get around campus I am contemplating purchasing a Volkswagen Bug since it is a relatively cheap car that's good on gas What is the right year to get and what things...

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How to get an accurate oil level reading

03.01.1991

I have a Dodge Spirit with miles My problem is I can't get a true reading on the oil dipstick--whether the engine is hot or cold Am I safe in waiting until the oil light comes on until worrying about...

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Driver education alert! Low light headlight etiquette

03.01.1991

With more cars and trucks sporting additional sets of headlights can you help educate drivers on their proper use By turning on every light available drivers get to show off how much they spent on their imported car or sports...

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We don't need anymore stamps!

03.01.1991

don't send any more self addressed stamped envelopes My brother and I already have enough stamps to pay our utility bills for the next years TOM As much as we'd love to we can't answer your letters personally It's hard...

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A mountain out of a molehill

03.01.1991

I own a Nissan Stanza with miles I have a problem that is perplexing I hear a squeal from under the hood that lasts a few seconds and then disappears It seems to squeal on turns and occasionally upon acceleration...

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Advice for cleaning the engine compartments

03.01.1991

Please give me your best advice on cleaning engine compartments Do they need it How often What's the best method Thanks for the advice Vern RAY Well Vern the slobs of the world my brother included will be delighted to...

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