From our "arrested adolescence" department: how to make a old car fart.

03.01.2008

Back in the 1960s, when I was an adolescent male, one of my friends told me that he could get his old car (late- 1940s- or early- 1950s-era) to "fart" whenever he liked. When I expressed skepticism about this claim...

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Today: Why buildup on you car's battery posts could be the sign of something serious.

03.01.2008

There is a fluffy white/blue deposit at the base of the positive-terminal post of my battery. The service manager's explanation is: This is perfectly normal for a sealed battery. When a battery is charged, gas escapes from a small...

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Can Linda make it all the way to 300k in her '97 Honda Accord?

03.01.2008

My 1997 Honda Accord has 270,000 miles. It still runs great, and doesn't use any oil. There are some problems I could take care of, like a clicking from an axle, struts that are pretty worn out and a pitted windshield. But...

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How can Dan fix an ornery Mitsubishi diesel... in Taji, Iraq?

03.01.2008

I'm in Taji, Iraq driving a Mitsubishi diesel pickup with a turbo, intercooled engine. It's very hard to start in the morning. You have to pump the gas at least 10 times, and then, once it starts, you have to hold...

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Is car-buying the same in Portland, Maine as it is in Hilo, Hawaii? Tom and Ray help Natalia go shopping.

03.01.2008

I'm a big fan of your show and column, and sure can use your advice. I've applied to nursing schools in both Portland, Maine, and Hilo, Hawaii. I currently live in Seattle and have been carless since 2000. I am required...

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Will an airbag still protect you, if your car is running but not moving?

03.01.2008

Will an air bag deploy if the vehicle is running but not moving? For instance, you are waiting at a red light minding your own business, and a vehicle plows into your grill. Will the air bag deploy? What if...

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Will putting a vehicle in reverse guarantee that it won't roll down a hill?

03.01.2008

Several years ago, my Ford Ranger coasted out of my driveway at about 2 a. m. and rammed a minivan across the road. (I parked on a very steep driveway.) I learned to drive on my grandparents' cherry farm and was...

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So... what's with the hair coming out of Linda's muffler?

03.01.2008

Please help me. I have a 1996 Honda Accord that runs great -- no complaints. However, this morning, coming back to my car in a parking lot, I noticed some long hair or fur hanging out from my exhaust pipe. I...

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