Why it always makes sense to trust the pump.

12.01.2007

My Ford diesel has a warning about not overfilling the fuel tank. Precisely what would happen if you did this? Would damage to the engine or other systems occur? Most of us tend to "double-click" the automatic-shutoff fuel nozzle after...

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What to do, when your car's manufacturer decides to stop making parts?

12.01.2007

I purchased a Nissan Sentra GXE brand new in 1999. The reason I chose Nissan was its reputation for reliability. At 120,000 miles the "service engine" light came on, and I brought it to the dealer. He found that the metal fuel-filler...

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Is it better to start your car every day-- or just let it sit in the cold?

12.01.2007

My car-knowledge-challenged son lives in North Conway, N.H. His job is about 300 yards from his apartment. Instead of walking, he starts his car every day and drives the three minutes to work. I told him that this is bad...

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The doors are literally falling off Kate's Sienna minivan. Should Toyota foot the bill?

12.01.2007

I have a 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE with 28,000 miles. Last month while camping with our family of five, the big automatic sliding door on the right side of the car stopped working. We manually shut the door and did not open...

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Are you buying phantom gas, each time you fill up?

12.01.2007

I recently saw an article on a Web site claiming that car owners should pump their gas in the morning, when it's cool out, instead of in the afternoon, when it's hot. The alleged reasoning is that gasoline expands at higher...

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Who's harder on cars: men or women?

12.01.2007

My dad was the kind of man who seemed to know about everything mechanical. Since he died, I miss being able to call and ask him some obscure question that he could answer; he really did seem to know everything...

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Who's harder on cars: men or women?

12.01.2007

My dad was the kind of man who seemed to know about everything mechanical. Since he died, I miss being able to call and ask him some obscure question that he could answer; he really did seem to know everything...

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Could a "perfomance module" lead to an early grave for Phillip's Dodge Ram?

12.01.2007

I have a 2003 4Runner V-6 that easily pulled my boat. So I bought a bigger boat. I would like to buy one of those super-heavy-duty Dodge Ram Crew Cabs with an enormous diesel engine to pull the new boat, but...

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Should Tom dive in and restore the family heirloom sports car?

12.01.2007

OK perhaps life begins at 50 with a 55-year-old sports car. My brother Eddy (No. 3 out of six), acquired this wonderful chick magnet of a car back in 1964. My parents swear that the only reason they assented to the purchase of...

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