We never get letters like this from Louisiana.

02.01.1992

We own a Lincoln Town Car The heater wasn't putting out enough heat so a mechanic installed a degree thermostat It still wasn't hot enough so he put in a degree thermostat It's warm now but still not hot enough...

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Why can't you unlock the rear doors with a key?

02.01.1992

Why is it that you can't unlock the back doors on a car with a key As it is you almost have to be a contortionist to reach over the front seat and unlock them This is very awkward particularly...

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The most dangerous part of the car...

02.01.1992

I've heard the saying that the most dangerous part of the car is the loose nut behind the wheel but I would vote for the right side view mirror Why is it designed so that the approaching car appears to...

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You should never, ever remove the thermostat.

02.01.1992

I have had several opposing views expressed to me about whether it makes a car run cooler in the summer to remove the thermostat Does it Lee TOM Yes Lee removing the thermostat does make the car run cooler But...

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Your fuel pump is leaking, and that's why you're only getting a lousy ten miles to the gallon.

02.01.1992

Our father small f recently gave us an old Datsun station wagon with an automatic transmission It runs well but we get less than ten miles per gallon There is a very small leak of gasoline coming from under the...

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What does ASE stand for?

02.01.1992

Some local automotive repair establishments advertise AAA and ASE affiliation I am familiar with AAA but what does ASE stand for Should these designations influence my choice of where to have my automobiles repaired Charlie TOM ASE is the symbol...

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Check the oil first thing in the morning.

02.01.1992

How about settling a simple argument Is it best to check the oil level when the car is cold or after the car has been running Carol RAY Most owner's manuals tell you to check the oil first thing in...

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Since three new carburators haven't solved anything, the problem may not be with carburetor.

02.01.1992

At the age of the transportation love of my life is a ' Cadillac that runs like a jewel after it gets two miles from home The car starts perfectly and runs fine until you stop or make a turn...

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Car air conditioning really isn't enviornmentally irresponsible.

02.01.1992

In your column some weeks ago you recommended car air conditioning for everybody I think this is irresponsible If a person wants to go without A C because of the freon ozone problem I think he or she has a...

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Where can I find a replacement owner's manual?

02.01.1992

I just bought a used Honda Accord The problem is that it came without an owner's manual Do you know where I can get one Earl TOM This is a questions that continues to boggle us Earl All cars come...

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What causes smoking Caravans?

02.01.1992

Our Dodge Caravan miles liter automatic exudes malodorous blue and black smoke and idles roughly when first started After two to three minutes it runs normally Our mechanic says this is oil leaking past the valve guides and is characteristic...

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I'm desperate for your help!

02.01.1992

I'm desperate for your help Without fail every Friday evening since my friend's wedding three months ago my car has developed a flat tire And since I have good rubber and don't usually drive over glass and nails you're probably...

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