Today: could an armadillo set off an airbag?!

08.01.2009

I drive a 2004 Hyundai Elantra that was bought used, and I don't know the history of the vehicle. Last evening, I unavoidably ran over a fairly large armadillo. It was big enough, and the car sits low enough, that it...

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How do you wind up with oil in your coolant? Find out.

08.01.2009

I have a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 with the four-cylinder mill. I bought it because I had to park my Ford F-350 Dually when diesel fuel went above $4 per gallon. I have had the Chevy less than a year and have had...

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Ever wonder how to get out of a tight parking squeeze?

08.01.2009

It might have been the Red Sox sticker on my car, but I found myself in a no-win situation in New York City a few weeks ago. I had traveled to New York for the weekend, and I was able...

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Are seat covers a "no-no" when it comes to airbags?

08.01.2009

My daughter has an '07 Honda CR-V with side air bags. I gave her a set of cloth seat covers to protect her seats, and she was told by a mechanic that she should take them off, as the air...

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Could a soggy air-bag go off unexpectedly?

08.01.2009

I live here in England (my wife is from New Jersey, and she introduced me to you guys). Recently my wife and I drove our "eBay special" Renault Laguna to Twickenham in Surrey. We parked not far from the river...

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What should win out: nostalgia or safety?

08.01.2009

We're buying a car for my 17-year-old son. I've found two cars locally that appeal to us -- a classic 1968 VW with a few thousand miles on a rebuilt engine, and a 1992 Honda Accord with power everything, a four-cylinder engine...

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Can your car's engine be used to dispose of organic chemicals?

08.01.2009

When I was in college during the late 1980s, I remember one of my chemistry professors telling me that he disposed of organic chemical waste by just pouring it in his gas tank and burning it along with the gasoline...

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Today: Tom and Ray settle a premarital dispute over a rusty muffler.

08.01.2009

Please help settle a debate between me and my boyfriend. We share a 1994 Honda Accord with 212,000 miles. Last summer while driving it from Iowa City, Iowa (where we lived with the car for three years), to Oakland, Calif., we had...

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