I am a college student and I drive a eight...

03.01.1994

I am a college student and I drive a eight cylinder Pontiac Catalina It's my first car and it has over miles on it I love this car However my mechanic tells me it needs a new engine and a...

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I have a Pontiac Fiero GT with a V- engine...

03.01.1994

I have a Pontiac Fiero GT with a V- engine and a five speed manual transmission While the engine is running the tachometer needle wiggles up and down plus or minus rpm seemingly randomly Strangely enough this problem goes away...

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I hope you can settle a disagreement I have with...

03.01.1994

I hope you can settle a disagreement I have with my wife I have always changed the oil and filter in my vehicles every miles This practice has served me well as I have owned a ' Mustang with miles...

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What are the chances you guys can agree on a...

03.01.1994

What are the chances you guys can agree on a book recommendation What's the best available book for the non-mechanic to learn something about how cars work It would be great if you guys could agree Rob TOM Of course...

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My wife hounds me constantly to keep the gas tank...

03.01.1994

My wife hounds me constantly to keep the gas tank above half-full because sediment which builds up at the bottom of the tank will be sucked up into the carburetor and cause engine trouble and or water will condense inside...

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I have just purchased a new Toyota Corolla In the...

03.01.1994

I have just purchased a new Toyota Corolla In the owner's manual Toyota suggests two different maintenance plans Plan A which requires maintenance every miles and Plan B which requires maintenance every miles My driving patterns correspond to plan B...

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A friend and I both have Chevrolet Berettas His is...

03.01.1994

A friend and I both have Chevrolet Berettas His is an ' mine is a ' We both have the same problem At times when the ignition key is turned on a puff of smoke and even a flame shoot...

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I bought a new Volvo GLT and really love it...

03.01.1994

I bought a new Volvo GLT and really love it At just over miles the oil level warning light came on I checked the oil level and it wasn't down to the add mark I called the dealer and he...

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Your opinion please Many of the newer cars and some...

03.01.1994

Your opinion please Many of the newer cars and some of the classier imports have an extra set of lights mounted under the front bumper When one of these multi-lighted beasts approaches--especially on a two lane road--it's hard to tell...

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I drove my Ford Taurus station wagon about miles parked...

03.01.1994

I drove my Ford Taurus station wagon about miles parked it and then came back two hours later and the rear window was gone Most of the glass was on the inside The frame was very clean and there was...

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I am now driving an older Jaguar XJ so you...

03.01.1994

I am now driving an older Jaguar XJ so you will understand why I am in the market for a more reliable set of wheels I need a large car and am torn between a Cadillac De Ville and a...

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When we had tires put on our two year old...

03.01.1994

When we had tires put on our two year old Chevy Lumina the mechanic told us that one of our rear struts was leaking and needed to be replaced My question is why are struts so expensive The dealership wanted...

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I bought my Honda Accord new from a dealer in...

03.01.1994

I bought my Honda Accord new from a dealer in California It was serviced only by that dealership where the oil was changed every three months At the miles service there was a note on my service order form that...

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My husband and I own a Toyota Corolla with miles...

03.01.1994

My husband and I own a Toyota Corolla with miles on it We would like to take it on our mile vacation this summer out west but we're feeling a bit nervous Can you tell us what parts are likely...

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In a recent column on safety you wrote and when...

03.01.1994

In a recent column on safety you wrote and when a milk truck hits you from behind at mph and your head ends up in the back seat My husband is a milk man And when I read him this...

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