In today's column: is antifreeze toxic to humans?

10.01.2009

You mentioned in a recent column that ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is toxic to animals. Is it also toxic to humans? I'm a doctor, and I prescribe a medicine for my patients that cleans out their colon called Go-Lytely (which makes...

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Today: How to extricate a gargantuan snake from a Honda.

10.01.2009

I really need an answer soon! There is a possibility that I have a 5- to 6-foot, 2-inch-diameter snake living in my engine compartment. It was slithering under my car, which was parked on the street in Muenster, Texas. Some...

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Today: the hybrid that ran out of gas-- but not out of steam.

10.01.2009

I've got a 2009 Toyota Prius and recently managed to run out of gas. In my defense, the gas gauge is pretty finicky. In the past, it's allowed me to go for 50 miles after the fuel signal comes on, while this...

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Today: one car problem that calls for urgent, immediate attention.

10.01.2009

We have a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Whenever we hit a big bump in the road or a pothole, the Jeep starts shaking uncontrollably, and the steering wheel is next to impossible to hold straight. We have to slow down, pull...

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Could there actually be a good reason for putting clay on your car?

10.01.2009

So I'm thinking of getting my car detailed, and an associate gives me a referral. While perusing the service sheet, under "Options" is listed "Claying, add $30-$40." I'm thinking, "Holy spa treatment, Batman!" The other side of the service sheet...

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Are speedometers "false advertising?"

10.01.2009

My 9-year-old son asked me why the speedometer on cars indicate speeds much higher than legal driving speeds. If it is illegal to drive 100 mph (or faster), then why indicate that the car can travel that fast in the first...

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Today: greener options for hybrid batteries.

10.01.2009

In looking at "green" options for the future, I have a question about the environmental impact of disposing of hybrid car batteries. We live on the Big Island of Hawaii, and currently -- to our knowledge, anyway -- they do...

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Should Lisa push her still-under-warranty BMW to the breaking point?

10.01.2009

I know this is ethically questionable, so you guys are the only ones I can ask. My BMW is still under warranty -- barely -- for the next 400 or so miles. I was wondering if there is a way, assuming...

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Can you buff and wax your way to better MPG?

10.01.2009

Can you help settle a bet with my dad? He has an SUV, and he frequently goes and gets it buffed and waxed. It runs about $100 each time. I asked him why he does that. He said because it gives...

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Today: the test for bad shock absorbers.

10.01.2009

I have a 2001 Toyota 4Runner with 160,000 miles. I also have a pop-up camper that I pull on occasion with the 4Runner. I just made a trip from Colorado up to Minnesota pulling the camper. The last 20 percent of the trip...

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