Will avoiding reverse actually extend your transmission's life? Find out.

04.01.2007

When my grandma and grandpa visit and take me shopping at Wal-Mart, they try to "save on the reverse." Basically, they park way in the back of the lot in a spot where they won't have to go in reverse...

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Can hybrid engines start, even with the ignition off?

04.01.2007

I took my 2006 Honda Civic hybrid to a store for an oil change. The manager told me he could not do oil changes on hybrid cars, because the engine can start even with the ignition turned off and the keys...

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Is revving the engine a good idea during a jump-start? Find out.

04.01.2007

My boyfriend insists on revving the engine when he's performing a jump-start. He revs the good car when he starts it up, and then revs the bad car when he starts it up. Is there any reason for doing this...

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Should Donna's Daughter Accept Her Grandfather's 25 Year Old Jalopy?

04.01.2007

Donna's father is offering to give her 16-year-old daughter his reliable, very old car. Is she being ungrateful not to jump at the chance, or should she hold out for something with modern safety features?

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Does that dent in Amit

04.01.2007

I have a 2004 Honda Accord, which I recently took to the dealer for the 30,000-mile service. The dealer tells me that my oil-pan underneath the car has a large dent, though there is no oil leaking. He says that I...

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Today: what's the best way to let someone know their headlights are off?

04.01.2007

The other night just after dusk, I was driving and noticed a dark-colored car driving behind me in the same direction that didn't have its headlights on. It was actually difficult to see the car except when it passed directly...

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Is it time for Marty to give his '92 Civic rust bucket the old heave-ho?

04.01.2007

My 1992 Honda Civic LX sedan has 155,000 miles on it and has spent many Minnesota winters outside in the salt and the cold. The car runs great but it is very rusty. There is a hole in the trunk. A few...

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"It's a bad idea to run your air conditioner when you're driving faster than 50 mph." Fact or myth?

04.01.2007

On a recent cross-country trip (South Carolina to Nevada) with my boyfriend, we had an air-conditioning issue, which I'm hoping you can help us with. I wanted to make a cell-phone call, so I put the windows up (for quiet)...

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How long should Carolee let her VW warm up on those chilly Chicago mornings?

04.01.2007

I have a 2002 VW Passat. I live in the Chicago suburbs. I park it outside in a public lot all day while I'm at work. How long should I let the car warm up before driving it home at the...

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