The story of how LEV became PZEV. Say what?

09.01.2008

I got my copy of Drive magazine from Subaru today, and they talk about something called PZEV. Apparently, it stands for Partial Zero Emission Vehicle. I've never heard of that. What is it? -- Mary Ann...

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Which lowers your MPG more: opening your windows, or running your AC?

09.01.2008

Recently, I heard that turning off the car's air conditioner and opening the window will increase gas mileage and thus save money. While I'm all for saving money, this idea sounds bogus to me. I say opening the windows would...

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Can a hybrid jump-start another car?

09.01.2008

Can you use a hybrid vehicle to jump-start another car? Recently when my girlfriend was visiting me in Cleveland from D.C., her car wouldn't start. The first thing I tried was jump-starting it from my hybrid. Before I knew...

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Water is flowing from the tailpipe of Shannon's Subaru. Should she be concerned?

09.01.2008

I recently purchased a used '06 Subaru Outback. It was a rental car that came from the Tahoe, Nev., area. I have noticed water coming out of my tailpipes, and there is a lot of it. At times, it looks...

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Just when should you use your emergency flashers?

09.01.2008

This has been an ongoing disagreement with my wife and others: When you pull to the side of the road for ANY reason OTHER than an EMERGENCY ("emergency" defined as: vehicle trouble, flat tire, heart attack, etc.), should you use...

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So, just why did Jackie's '92 Chevy Blazer explode?

09.01.2008

My husband and I changed the oil, spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor on our '92 Chevy Blazer yesterday -- something we've done many times with no problem. When trying to restart the car, the engine literally exploded. What happened?

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When is a rust spot a wee bit too big for Bondo? Find out.

09.01.2008

I have a huge rust spot on my car, a '95 Subaru. It is not really a rust "spot," but rather a missing part of my car that has rust around it. I tried to sand it down and put Bondo on it and...

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Should it cost extra for an oil change, if your car is 4-wheel drive?

09.01.2008

A few weeks ago, I stopped at Jiffy Lube for an oil change (I have a 2005 Kia Sportage, four-wheel drive, with 16,500 miles). I asked the man behind the counter for a price on an oil change. He said $24.95. And then...

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