I read your column every week and am writing to...

09.01.1999

I read your column every week and am writing to you with an urgent plea for help with my almost-new Toyota Camry V- LE At speeds of mph and above the car sounds like it's going through a wind tunnel...

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Can you please say something about fuel injection and the...

09.01.1999

Can you please say something about fuel injection and the need for being careful NOT to step on the gas before starting up the car Why don't dealers impress this upon customers who buy fuel injected cars these days --...

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Is it better to apply the brakes and then let...

09.01.1999

Is it better to apply the brakes and then let off alternately or just apply steady pressure when slowing down or stopping And which method causes less wear on the brakes -- Bishop RAY Well let's ignore the wear-and-tear issue...

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I have a Buick Custom Century with only miles on...

09.01.1999

I have a Buick Custom Century with only miles on it I'm getting a loud thump thump thump every time I make a right turn I took it to our local Buick dealer and he sent a mechanic out with...

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I own an ' Mitsubishi pickup with a -liter engine...

09.01.1999

I own an ' Mitsubishi pickup with a -liter engine My problem is a white milky fluid that gets into my air filter via the valve cover Once the air filter gets covered in this gunk the carburetor starts to...

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Over the years I have enjoyed reading your column every...

09.01.1999

Over the years I have enjoyed reading your column every week and have learned a few things from you about cars As an old shade-tree mechanic however I also saw you make a mistake awhile back Larry wanted to know...

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I have a hypothetical question about the brakes in a...

09.01.1999

I have a hypothetical question about the brakes in a car If someone was to drive a Olds Delta Royale with the parking brake on for about or miles before noticing that it was on would that also affect the...

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I have an ' Toyota Camry which I maintain in...

09.01.1999

I have an ' Toyota Camry which I maintain in good condition It has miles At my last oil change my mechanic whom I trust wrote Found oil leaks distributor O-ring valve-cover gasket front crankshaft seal rear crankshaft seal oil...

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This question is so simple that you've probably been asked...

09.01.1999

This question is so simple that you've probably been asked it a million times What happens to all the rubber that wears off of our tires You never see it but it's got to be somewhere -- Mike RAY That's...

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Can you think of any reason why a catalytic converter...

09.01.1999

Can you think of any reason why a catalytic converter would catch fire while driving -- Sharon TOM No RAY I've certainly never seen it happen And I've had cars come into the shop with converters that were absolutely glowing...

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Because I don't think about cars at all unless there's...

09.01.1999

Because I don't think about cars at all unless there's one coming at me at a rapid speed this question may be very dumb My sister says that different brands of gas even though they're the same octane will produce...

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My car has spots of rust Please teach me the...

09.01.1999

My car has spots of rust Please teach me the best way to treat it I've retouched it but it continues to spread A friend told me to sand off the rust and then retouch it I think that only...

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