I'm sure this is probably top-secret information but maybe you...

11.01.1999

I'm sure this is probably top-secret information but maybe you can let me in on the secret For years I have tried to find a cross-reference that will tell me which parts from one car will fit into another car...

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I have a small bet with a lady friend about...

11.01.1999

I have a small bet with a lady friend about an old advertising slogan I say it was When better cars are built Buick will build them She says it was Ford who will build those better cars I bet...

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How long can one reasonably expect a manual transmission to...

11.01.1999

How long can one reasonably expect a manual transmission to last these days I drive a Volvo wagon At miles I had my First and Second gear synchros replaced by Volvo at no charge Then miles later I had the...

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I purchased a new Mercury Cougar After driving for two...

11.01.1999

I purchased a new Mercury Cougar After driving for two weeks the hubcaps were covered with black brake dust I went back to the dealer and the service manager said That's normal All Fords have brake dust Look in the...

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In a recent column you said you've had some success...

11.01.1999

In a recent column you said you've had some success with a product called Restore Under what conditions do you recommend it and where can I find it -- Bill TOM Under desperate conditions Bill Restore is one of those...

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Is it possible to rotate the seats in my '...

11.01.1999

Is it possible to rotate the seats in my ' Oldsmobile Aurora I'm a fairly big guy and I drive a lot The car has more than miles on it already The passenger seat has only a few thousand miles...

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I need you guys to set my friends straight about...

11.01.1999

I need you guys to set my friends straight about my lousy truck They seem to think that because it has four different size tires five if you count the spare it's somehow unsafe I am an artist so I...

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Remember in the s a quart of oil would have...

11.01.1999

Remember in the s a quart of oil would have API designations like MS DG etc Now I see letters like SJ SH and SG Do these letters mean different breakdown temperatures or different additives or what -- Bob RAY...

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My mother had the power door lock solenoids burn up...

11.01.1999

My mother had the power door lock solenoids burn up while she was in her Toyota Camry She had to climb out the window to escape My father had to remove all of the solenoids himself so that the doors...

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How do engine manufacturers determine the redline for an engine...

11.01.1999

How do engine manufacturers determine the redline for an engine Is this a self-destruct limit Would you recommend keeping the rpm to say half of the redline during routine driving -- Cliff TOM Well I don't know about engines these...

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What should I do Everyone except my wife keeps telling...

11.01.1999

What should I do Everyone except my wife keeps telling me to replace my truck It's a Ford F- XLT Lariat with a towing package captain's chairs and an extended cab Some rust is showing in the expected spots and...

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I have a ' Nissan Sentra I changed the spark...

11.01.1999

I have a ' Nissan Sentra I changed the spark plugs at miles and just did it again at The owner's manual says the spark plug gap should be between and inches I set them at and the car runs...

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This business of batteries and concrete floors needs to be...

11.01.1999

This business of batteries and concrete floors needs to be explained and put to rest Years ago everybody knew that you were never supposed to put a car battery on a concrete floor because it would be quickly ruined That...

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