How to divide the costs of a road trip:

03.01.1992

Recently my wife two of her sisters and I drove from Wisconsin to Oregon to visit their brother Before leaving the two sisters said they would buy all of the gas which they did I know this is not a...

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You can not only feel the jerk...if you look in the driver's seat, you can see him, too.

03.01.1992

We have a car with an automatic transmission My husband has several habits I'd like you to comment on While backing out of a parking space he'll shift the car from Reverse to Drive before coming to a complete stop...

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Is it OK to drive a car without the camshaft?

03.01.1992

I have an ' Buick Somerset Regal and I was told that my camshaft has to be replaced at a cost of Is it OK to drive the car without replacing the camshaft or is it dangerous That's a lot...

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What useful function does the ingnition button serve?

03.01.1992

Whenever I rent a car that has a button that must be pushed before the ignition key can be released I become curious What useful function does this button serve Jan TOM Good question Jan I don't think it serves...

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When my brother turned 50, he started to rattle, too.

03.01.1992

I have a horrible metallic rattling noise coming from my right front wheel area on a th anniversary Nissan ZX Whenever I hit the slightest of road irregularities it will sound off until the road smoothes out It happens in...

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When the oil light comes on, stop the engine immediately.

03.01.1992

First of all you have a great column It's thoroughly enjoyable even for a mechanical nerd like myself Here's my problem My son has a four-wheel drive Ford Tempo which he took to a local service station for an oil...

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I bought a new Ford F- pick up truck When...

03.01.1992

I bought a new Ford F- pick up truck When I got it home I checked the dip stick and it was one inch over the full mark I took it back to the dealer and talked to the service...

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This is a clear case of testosterone poisoning.

03.01.1992

My brother-in-law has a male superiority problem about driving and we have a long-standing argument concerning down-shifting standard shift cars when approaching a stop I don't down shift I was taught otherwise My brother-in-law however says I'm stupid and I...

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Is it OK to overfill the crankcase?

03.01.1992

I bought a new Ford F- pick up truck When I got it home I checked the dip stick and it was one inch over the full mark I took it back to the dealer and talked to the service...

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I like to raise the hood and see a clean engine.

03.01.1992

Here's another stupid question for you I have a Ford Crown Victoria I'm also one of these old geezers that likes to raise the hood and see a clean engine Here's my question Can I just turn my hose on...

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A little ol' lady in tennis shoes...

03.01.1992

I'm a little ol' lady in tennis shoes who drives miles a year in my Volvo I service it every year but now with miles on the car the dealer is suggesting the following Renew brake fluid Flush cooling system...

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Do you drive by any abandoned nuclear test sites on your way to work?

03.01.1992

Some unusual happenings occur on the instrument panel of my Mercury Topaz The red battery light intermittently comes on while driving This can occur for a short second or two or for two or three days and then weeks can...

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Beginning to wonder if my son has sense...

03.01.1992

I always thought my son had some sense I am now beginning to wonder He has a Honda Prelude with miles on it and it still has the original tires He says the tread is good He has three plugs...

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My '77 Volare is a GREAT CAR!!!

03.01.1992

Recently a reader wrote in about a problem with his ' Volare which he described as a great car Although you answered his question I beg to differ with some of the remarks you made You warned him not to...

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The question everybody's asking...

03.01.1992

My wife and I need you to resolve a disagreement we're having When we get into our ' Dodge Caravan on a cold morning my wife wants me to turn on the heater immediately She says that way the inside...

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