Will watching a DVD in her parked Honda drain Stephanie's car battery?

10.01.2008

Our 3-year-old son has autism, and one of the things that soothes him is to sit in our 2006 Honda Pilot and watch DVDs on the factory-installed player -- while the car is parked in the garage. I was wondering if...

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Does locking the car doors help keep you safer in an accident?

10.01.2008

My wife and I have had a "spirited discussion" about this question. My wife always insists that we lock the doors when driving so they don't "pop open accidentally." I prefer unlocked, because should we have an accident, the first...

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Could starting a manual transmission in second gear actually be better for your car?

10.01.2008

I recently purchased a new, 2008 Nissan 350Z. I allowed a friend of mine (from Australia) to drive it to the airport yesterday, and noticed that after stopping at a red light, he would start the car in second (instead of...

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Was Mike on the verge of losing a boat payment to a crooked dealership? Find out.

10.01.2008

We have a 2001 Honda Civic that was just serviced at the dealership for its routine 90,000-mile service. During the checkup, they strenuously suggested that we replace the front-end lower ball joints, as they were worn out and had too much...

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Today: Is Margaret's convertible safe in a thunderstorm?

10.01.2008

I LOVE my 2000 VW Cabrio. It feels solid on the road, and the functioning roll bar completes the safe feeling (no, I haven't had to use it). But I'm wondering about how safe it is when there's lightning all around...

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Could a '63 Dodge Dart by the cure for Will's automotive blues?

10.01.2008

Since moving to another city, I've been stricken with car problems. First, I had a VW Eurovan, which was great all winter. But then it needed a $2,000 air-conditioning unit. I promptly sold it. Then I bought an Acura. It's a...

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Can Tom and Ray help Marge get to the hairdresser on time?

10.01.2008

My 1997 Honda Accord Wagon has 89,702 miles. I'm 82 -- I drive 36 miles round trip once a week to bowl. The rest of the week, I go to shop, church, clubs, etc. All of that is probably 10 miles, total. My problem is...

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So, just why did the wheel fall off of John's Jeep Grand Cherokee?

10.01.2008

Something interesting happened to me today. I was on my way to work, and the right front wheel fell off my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. I want to know why it fell off. All five of the studs were sheared...

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Do jumper cables pose a risk to modern car electronics?

10.01.2008

My wife heard a report on a local radio station warning people not to use jumper cables on modern cars. The guy said they could cause "unstable voltage" and damage on-board computer operations. I own a 2005 Subaru and a 2007 Ford...

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How could one date cost Alejandro $25,000?

10.01.2008

Perhaps you can help me make a decision. I drive a '98 Honda Prelude, and I've had it since it was new. It has been the best car I've ever owned (I'm 78). It performs flawlessly. I groom it and service...

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