How long does "break-in oil" need to stay in the car?

06.01.1991

My family owns two new cars and we've heard mixed messages about that first oil change A co-worker told my mother that she should change the oil in her truck the moment it reaches miles The reason being when an...

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A reminder: Click and Clack's Great Unyielding Truth

06.01.1991

I am the proud owner of a red Mazda Miata Wanting to keep it in good shape forever I need your help The owner's manual says the gasoline octane I use should be Where I live many of the major...

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Diagnose with shocking results!

06.01.1991

I think I may be your biggest fan I have a Celica GT with miles on it How does one determine when the shocks should be replaced It seems that the old jump-on-the-bumper-and-count-how-many-times-it-bounces test is not very accurate Blair TOM...

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Driving vs. Flying to New Orleans.

06.01.1991

I need some good advice about a trip I am considering making I own a Chevy Chevette with miles on it My brother and I are planning to drive non-stop from Milwaukee to New Orleans later this summer What I...

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That's right, another engine oil question.

06.01.1991

Engine oil seems to be a favorite topic of concern I change my car's oil every miles Is it bad to change it when the engine is cold I realize warm oil will carry away more contaminants but not having...

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What does it mean when your gas tank whistles at you?

06.01.1991

My beautiful ' Chrysler Fifth Avenue is in excellent condition It runs well and gets good gas mileage But I get a scare when I gas up When the gas cap is removed I hear a burst or air that...

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Could it be an electro-magnetic malfunction?

06.01.1991

My Toyota Camry station wagon with automatic transmission and overdrive has a flaw Occasionally and randomly without warning the transmission will go into Neutral This occurs when the car has been run and is hot and then is parked for...

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Ancient Greek Battery Mthology: Chapter II

06.01.1991

I've heard that on a very cold morning if you turn on the headlights for a few minutes before you start the car the battery will be stronger when you try to start the engine Is this true Leonard RAY...

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The benefits of a rubber timing belt.

06.01.1991

I notice that a lot of new cars are now coming out with rubber timing belts instead of metal timing chains These rubber belts have to be changed periodically at no small expense Other than ripping off the consumer is...

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Te value of a "classic" Chevy Vega.

06.01.1991

I am the proud owner of two Chevy Vegas I have a Coupe and a Wagon Considering the age of these vehicles will they be classics worth lots of money some day Steve RAY Anything's possible Steve Other pieces of...

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Test drive results: '91 Suzuki Sidekick JLX

06.01.1991

a car that really surprised me TOM What happened You got it from me and the gas tank wasn't empty RAY No It's a car that I wasn't expecting to like at all and I ended up liking it very...

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How to recognize the sounds of a bad tire.

06.01.1991

While driving my wife's Toyota Camry I noticed a thump thump thump while cornering hard to the left or right Thinking this was caused by the well worn original tires I replaced them with a brand new set Much to...

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Which hand is stonger, a power flush or reverse flush?

06.01.1991

Is there a difference between a power flush and a reverse flush Should one of these be done periodically Ben RAY I think the difference is that a power flush beats three of a kind Ben and a reverse flush...

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How to clean a convertible rag top.

06.01.1991

I have a white Volkswagon Cabriolet with a white convertible top I've tried just about everything to get the top clean without success I've even tried the top cleaner sold by the dealer Any ideas Tami TOM It's not as...

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What to do with a wet dog, defroster, and A/C.

06.01.1991

When my husband and I are riding home with the dog after a hike in the rains we experience a severe moisture problem in the car The defroster barely copes with the windshield and the other windows remain covered with...

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