Does the smoke coming fom Lisa

07.01.2007

I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid with about 110,000 miles. I have the oil changed regularly, but recently noticed smoke coming from my tailpipe when I take off from a stop. This doesn't happen all the time, but it's enough to make...

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What's the least pollution-spewing car that Christian can buy?

07.01.2007

I'm a sales rep handling six states in the Midwest. I drive about 36,000 miles a year. I'm concerned about the amount of garbage cars spew. I'm thinking about finding a cleaner car, but the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight are...

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Today: Frank shares the simple way he scored another 10 MPG out of his car.

07.01.2007

I found the answer to getting better gas mileage. It's called SLOWING DOWN. Instead of the usual 75 mph on the highway that I've done for ages, I tried an experiment now that gas is three bucks a gallon. Today the...

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Roni went to jump start a car... and the battery was AWOL. What's going on?

07.01.2007

The other night, I came out of a function that was 99 percent women and 1 percent men (a quilt show, to answer your question). In the parking lot, two women asked if I had jumper cables, since their rental Chevy wouldn't...

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Do you really need to change your car's oil and filter -- ever? One reader shares some very intriguing research.

07.01.2007

While I was attending the University of Oklahoma in 1960, a study was done by the petroleum engineering department. The question was: Is draining oil from a vehicle necessary? They worked with White Trucking Company and tested their theory on long-haul...

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Idling for long periods might not damage your car -- but there are other reasons why it's a lousy idea.

07.01.2007

I heard a caller on your show describe sitting in her car for 20 minutes while it idled so she could run her air conditioner and listen to her stereo. I couldn't have been the only one who cringed at that...

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Should cruise be on, when Joyce's 16-year-old is doing 70 mph on a rainy night?

07.01.2007

My husband and I are the proud parents of a 16-year-old boy. Yes, he does have his driver's license. Oh my! While he was driving 70 mph on the interstate on a rainy night, he had a hard time hearing my...

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July: It's a great time of year to take off the snow tires.

07.01.2007

Now that I'm 75 percent certain that there will not be another major snowstorm in the Northeast, I want to switch from snow tires to summer tires. Do I need to have them balanced and aligned, or can I just swap...

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Find out why you might want to take a pass on one, new type of jumper cable.

07.01.2007

My wife, who must be obeyed, has brought home a device to replace her car's regular emergency-jumper cables (which are still in pristine condition). The device she purchased connects from her car's cigarette lighter to the cigarette lighter of a...

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