Can Megan get the coolant out of her windshield-washer reservoir?

04.01.2009

I recently had my 2006 Chevy HHR worked on at the dealership where I purchased it new. Long story short, the mechanic put antifreeze in the windshield-washer reservoir. Of course, the dealer believes his mechanic would never make that kind of...

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Today: A washing job that did a number on Ian's car.

04.01.2009

My dear, beloved 15-year-old son offered to wash my 2008 Toyota Sequoia (silver). Of course, I jumped at this surprising and welcome offer. After about 30 minutes, I went to check on his progress, and the little darling was using a scourer...

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Does antifreeze poured in the crankcase mean it's new engine time?

04.01.2009

I have a soldier who mistakenly poured a gallon of antifreeze in his crankcase. He then started and ran the car for several minutes before he realized what he had done. He is being told that he needs a new...

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Could now be a great time to buy an SUV?

04.01.2009

With the economy reeling, gas prices recently higher than ever, numerous dealerships in the area going under, talks of big mergers or bailouts or bankruptcies in Detroit, and the quick death of America's love affair with SUVs, I was wondering...

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Today: Tom and Ray tackle a cardboard controversy.

04.01.2009

A group of us get together at a diner for coffee most mornings. Recently I made a critical error and told the guys that I had put a piece of cardboard in front of my radiator for the winter. So...

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Will washing your brakes reduce squeaking?

04.01.2009

My daughter-in-law just sent her son out to wash her car's brakes. I told her I had never heard of that before. She said that when her brakes start to squeak, she gets her son to wash the accumulated dust...

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Why should two new tires always go in the back? Find out.

04.01.2009

The other day, I went to purchase two tires for my Dodge Intrepid. I wanted to replace the front pair and move my old front tires to the back. That way, I'd get good tread for the snow in the...

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Is a car a good hedge against inflation?

04.01.2009

Would you discuss the ins and outs of "stocking up" on cars as a hedge against future inflation? For instance, I just bought a 2009 Honda Fit that I love and that is basically considered the best car in its class...

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Will duct tape work on a car's exhaust system?

04.01.2009

My son, 16, bought a '77 Pontiac Grand Prix. It's loud, with a big motor (muscle-car-type motor, original everything). Anyway, he sawed off the exhaust pipe to make it even louder, even though I told him he could get a ticket...

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