Can writing in the dirt on a car actually scratch the paint-- or should Linda just chill out?

05.01.2007

Does writing in the dirt/dust on a car scratch the paint? A teacher at my children's school today wrote "Clean Me" as a joke in the dirt on my new Suburban as I was parked in the school pickup...

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Can a 100-pound girl rip the door off a Chevy S-10? Find out.

05.01.2007

I bought a 2003 Chevy S-10 for my stepdaughter. Today the truck has only 36,500 miles on it. The driver's door fell off! It broke off at the welds and was hanging by electrical wires. The dealership refused to do warranty work...

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Today: an oil-changing idea that sucks in more ways than one.

05.01.2007

Before I retired, I was ASE-certified in several categories, a member of SAE, and held technical and sales positions with Mobil and Dana. I also grew up in a large, full-service auto shop. I was taught that oil should be...

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Today: Michael gets the green light for the car of his dreams.

05.01.2007

I've always wanted an Aston Martin -- no kidding. And now, at age 72, my wife (who is younger) says it's OK for me to buy or lease one. BUT, I feel oh so guilty. To spend that kind of money...

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Adam's got a nasty tendency towards hydroplaning. What can he do to put a stop to all the sliding? Find out.

05.01.2007

I have a history of hydroplaning. I slid and rolled over in a GMC Jimmy while making a sharp right turn during a rainstorm. I also have hydroplaned in a Jeep Cherokee while driving in a light drizzle and going...

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Today: four reasons why it might be time to change your spark plugs.

05.01.2007

How do I know when I should change my spark plugs? I mean, will my car do anything different? I was getting my oil changed, and the guy said I should change my spark plugs. How would he even know...

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Old car comfort versus new car safety: Tom and Ray help Judith make the call.

05.01.2007

My 1985 Honda Civic Wagon, with a standard transmission and four-wheel drive, looks terrible but still drives beautifully and gets 30 miles per gallon on the highway (I'm elderly and rarely drive faster than 55 mph). My children don't think the car is...

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Ever wonder how to (legally) collect auto emblems?

05.01.2007

I've been a fan of yours for a long time, and I thought you might be able to help. When I was a kid growing up in the Bronx, I had a fascination with the emblems on VWs and used...

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Will a magnet on Ron's oil filter help keep his engine healthy?

05.01.2007

I recently saw a car catalog that had an oil-filter magnet for sale. The magnet was placed on the bottom of an oil filter and was strong enough to remove any metal shavings from the oil stream. Is this product...

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