How much does running the defroster cost you in MPG?

06.01.2009

On one of the many frigid days this past winter, my husband and I had a discussion about using (versus not using) the rear defrost in our Buick Century. He rarely uses it and tried to convince me that the...

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Today: Tom and Ray investigate a very pricey "who-dunnit."

06.01.2009

I have a 2003 Infiniti FX45 that was due for an oil change. I had some time to kill, so I went to a Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express. I left the car, and when I came back they said they...

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Today: how to tackle some nasty battery cable corrosion.

06.01.2009

I have a 1991 Ford F-150. You could use up this entire section of the newspaper on this hunk of junk. But perhaps you can just help me get it started. It won't turn over, despite numerous attempts. I've taken the...

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Barbara learns the hard way, the right way to park on a hill.

06.01.2009

In January, I visited the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. I parked on a slightly sloping street in Golden Gate Park, locked the car and went off to the museum. When I returned to my car, I noticed...

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What's the right way to clean a dirty engine?

06.01.2009

I have a 1984 Nissan pickup with only 64,000 miles. It runs great, but the engine is so dirty that I am embarrassed to have it worked on. How should an engine be cleaned? Is steam cleaning appropriate? Thanks. -- Roy...

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Today: Tom and Ray help Victor with a vehicular prank.

06.01.2009

My name is Victor, and as an upcoming college freshman, in a fit of my newfound freedom, I want to add a comical touch to my car (when and if I ever get one). I was thinking about gluing a...

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Tom and Ray analyze Lois' boneheaded, tailgating husband.

06.01.2009

I need help. I am married to a bonehead. My husband insists on pulling practically into the trunk of cars in front of him. Moving, stopped -- it doesn't matter. At stoplights, not only does he pull to within inches...

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Are "cupped" tires safe to be traveling on?

06.01.2009

I have a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe with 47,000 miles on it. Recently it developed an unpleasant rumbling noise. After taking it to the service department, I was told that my tires are "cupped" and should be replaced. For a temporary fix...

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Why is Jim's Saturn leaving the family stranded, over and over again?

06.01.2009

Our 2000 Saturn sedan has died twice in the same exact spot (stopping at the end of a highway exit ramp). The first time, it took 10 minutes or so to get going again; the second time, it took 30-40 minutes. Then...

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