Edith's Subaru needs a new knock sensor... but Edith is tight on dinero. Can the fix wait?

10.01.2006

I have a 1999 Subaru Outback that I love very dearly. Last week, the engine light came on, so I took it to my very reputable mechanic. He referred me to the dealer, because my "knock sensor" was off. He warned...

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24 Hours of LeMons: Are You Ready?

10.01.2006

I'll be hosting a 24-hour endurance race for cars that cost $500 or less. It's called the 24 Hours of LeMONS. Several entrants have now asked me questions I don't know the answers to, and I'm hoping you can help...

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What's with the doggie bag of parts that Vicky gets from her mechanic? FInd out.

10.01.2006

When I take my car in for service and the mechanic hands me a "doggie bag" on my way out -- a sack that contains the used/faulty parts that have just been replaced (air filter, spark plugs, etc --...

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Can Tom and Ray help Larry pick tomorrow's "collector" cars, today?

10.01.2006

I see classic-car auctions on TV where they're getting outrageous prices for what we thought were normal cars in the '60s and '70s. Is there a new car today that I can buy and know that it will...

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Why would an oil change for a diesel cost Phil $80? Find out in today's letter.

10.01.2006

I am looking to buy a car soon, and I am thinking about getting a diesel, because of their great gas mileage. I know a thing or two about cars, but I'm not a professional mechanic yet, as I'm still...

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Here's one time when a tire should get checked out-- stat!

10.01.2006

My husband and I share a 2002 Subaru Baja, which we love. We often drive it on tough four-wheel-drive roads in the mountains and deserts of Southern California, and it has never let us down. However, I have noticed that the...

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Can running the air conditioner actually reduce your braking power?

10.01.2006

I have a lady friend I e-mail with on a regular basis. She lives in the Midwest and swears that running the air conditioner in her car "softens" her brakes. During this past summer's dreadful heat wave, she had to...

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Is it okay for Tim to play "standard transmission" with his automatic?

10.01.2006

I've always wondered: Does it hurt anything to drive my automatic transmission like a manual (i.e., put the shifter into first then bump it to second, then to drive, then push the button to shift to overdrive)? I think...

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What happens when gas sits around inside a car that

10.01.2006

My son has been in Iraq for almost a year. He left his car with us, and it has been sitting in the driveway the whole time. My plan is to sell the car and send the money to my...

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