No sympathy for people who drive junk.

12.01.1991

There is a problem with my Renault Alliance that my mechanic can't seem to fix Just recently and only occasionally when I depress the clutch pedal to shift gears I'll hear a sharp cracking noise Then it will be hard...

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The "go to your mechanic and have the engine checked" light.

12.01.1991

My Chariot is a Chevy Celebrity wagon For the last month or so once in about every starts my check engine light comes on and stays on Please tell me what it is I'm supposed to check Is there a...

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The problem: Tom, my husband (not you, Tom).

12.01.1991

My husband and I have a -speed Ford Explorer and I must say it's wonderful The problem Tom my husband not you Tom often comes to a stop without using the clutch He waits until the car shakes or almost...

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My odomoeter is ticking backwards!!

12.01.1991

My boyfriend and everyone else I have told this to thinks I'm crazy I hope you'll disagree with them I have an ' Pontiac Sunbird with about miles on it On at least three occassions while driving I would suddenly...

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To keep or dump a car while Peace Corp-ing.

12.01.1991

I am going into the Peace Corps and will be overseas for two years I have a Toyota Tercel with miles on it It's paid for and is in good shape I have two choices I think I can sell...

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Actually, I'll take the hug.

12.01.1991

I will hug your neck if you can find me a place to get a gear box for a Ford truck with four wheel drive That's all I need to put it back on the road Wanda RAY You don't...

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"All Wheel" versus "Four Wheel" drive.

12.01.1991

My driveway is quite steep and I have an old beat-up four wheel drive truck that I use to get in and out of it in the winter when there's snow or ice on the ground I also have a...

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Does the tachometer serve any practical purpose?

12.01.1991

My Infiniti G is the first car I've ever owned with a tachometer The owner's manual tells me to shift gears on the basis of speed not on the basis of revolutions per minute That being the case does the...

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The great regular/premium debate.

12.01.1991

My girlfriend owns a Honda Civic Her father says that it will run better if she puts premium gasoline in it I said that a four cylinder Honda needs nothing more than regular unleaded gas The car has never rattled...

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Run, Jack. And don't look back.

12.01.1991

I read with interest your series on buying a new car I have one question you didn't address It has to do with when I'm in that little room with the empty desk and a single light bulb hanging from...

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When is it correct to down-shift?

12.01.1991

A friend and I have been arguing about the long term effects of constantly down-shifting to slow a car rather than applying the brakes My argument is by down-shifting you put unnecessary strain on the engine and transmission My friend's...

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When new tires act old.

12.01.1991

In August I had new front tires put on my ' Olds Calais The problem is they keep losing air I have had it back to the tire company four times trying to resolve the problem but they have checked...

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Vinnie Murphy's Law

12.01.1991

I have a Volvo DL with miles on it and all original belts As long as I'm going to replace the alternator belt and the timing belt would it be a good idea to do the water pump at the...

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NEVER listen to your husband when it comes to cars.

12.01.1991

My husband insists it is OK to use antifreeze only--no water--in our car's cooling system He says a number of mechanics have told him it's perfectly alright But the owners manual of our ' Chevy Nova says to use a...

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Save your prayers for something more important.

12.01.1991

I own a Toyota Camry automatic transmission that has a chipped flywheel My mechanic said it develops when the starter key is turned on while the engine is already running I can remember two times when I did this Once...

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