Today: how would you split road trip costs with a friend?

12.01.2008

A friend and I took a trip in my car. The gasoline bill was $40. What percent should he pay when I consider wear and tear on my vehicle? How do I calculate the bill fairly? -- Ralph...

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What's that mysterious white powder clogging Skip's Miata?

12.01.2008

I drive a 2002 Mazda Miata. I love it. Yeah, I'm a guy, and it's a great car. It reminds me of my old MGB. Back when I had hair, I had a 1965 MGB roadster and picked up many a girl...

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Do you really need studded snow tires in winter?

12.01.2008

I have a car question about which I am sure I'm correct but I need one of you to point that out to my husband -- and if I am by chance wrong then he never needs to know We...

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I wish you guys would lighten up.

12.01.2008

My ' Buick LeSabre sometimes sounds like it has an open muffler It has happened only three times in miles of driving Each time I had been driving at expressway speed for at least an hour then encountered heavy rain...

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Will Vicky's Volvo self-destruct if she doesn't shell out $600?

12.01.2008

You guys always make me laugh And now I'm desperate for some car advice I can trust I have a ' Volvo V with miles A mechanic just told me I'm on borrowed time as I have not changed the...

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Is a burping fuel pump a dying fuel pump?

12.01.2008

My husband and I have been married for two months Recently I found out that his Dodge Dakota has been having a problem He says You just have to burp it sometimes What does that actually mean He reports that...

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Are groaning brakes a cause for concern?

12.01.2008

I had new brake pads installed about three weeks ago, and when I use the brake pedal to stop, the car makes a groaning noise. The mechanic told me that it takes about a month to "break the pads in...

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What's causing Sean's brakes to smoke?

12.01.2008

I have a four-wheel-drive 2005 Dodge Dakota with 32,000 miles on it. Since I had the front brake pads replaced four months ago, I have noticed a faint burning smell coming from the wheels after I drive to work. I took it...

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Why topping off the tank is a bad idea.

12.01.2008

I got into an argument recently concerning whether I should top off when I fuel up. You know what I mean -- the pump shuts off, and I can either stop or put another half a gallon more in. Is...

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What's would cause Sean's smokin' brakes?

12.01.2008

I have a four-wheel-drive 2005 Dodge Dakota with 32,000 miles on it. Since I had the front brake pads replaced four months ago, I have noticed a faint burning smell coming from the wheels after I drive to work. I took it...

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Are muffler warranties worth it?

12.01.2008

I have a 1986 Volvo 740 GLE wagon. I had the exhaust system replaced from the catalytic converter two years ago, at a cost of $486.41. Last week, I took it in to have the timing belt changed, and when I picked it...

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What's with the hair coming out of Linda

12.01.2008

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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Can Jeff stop the oil leaking from his Fiat? Read today's column.

12.01.2008

My wife and I just became the proud owners of a 1981 Fiat 2000 Spider with only 40,000 miles on the odometer. The car is in great shape, runs like new and is absolutely fun to drive. After parking the car overnight, I...

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