Why using the transmission to stop your car isn't such a great idea.

11.01.2009

My husband actually said this: "If you ask Click and Clack, and they say I did something wrong, I'll stop doing it." So here we go: When my husband backs my new Toyota minivan out of our driveway (he's backing...

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How to tell the difference between a bad battery and a bad alternator.

11.01.2009

How does one tell the difference between a bad battery and a bad alternator? My car will not crank, but has some power (the dome lights, panel lights and power locks work). I've had it on a trickle charge for...

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Are "recycled" oil filters a scam?

11.01.2009

I notice that car businesses that lube and change oil for passenger cars are now charging for recycling oil filters. Is this a scam, since I never see "recycled" oil filters for sale? Personally, I think oil filters would be...

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Can Judy haul loads of gravel in her '74 Ford F-100?

11.01.2009

My husband inherited a 1974 Ford F-100 from his dad, and I would like to use it to pick up a load of rocks for landscaping. My husband says it can't handle this, and so I ask the question: Can the...

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Is keeping your clutch pressed in such a bad idea? Find out.

11.01.2009

A friend of mine at work and I have a disagreement regarding using the clutch on a standard-shift car. He says that keeping the clutch pressed in will wear out the throw-out bearing, and I say it won't. For example...

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Is it ever safe to start a car with no oil in it?

11.01.2009

Is it ever safe to start a car with no oil in it? I have a 2004 Honda Civic, and when I change the oil filter, it always drips all over the place, down the side of the engine and onto...

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Mike's losing a quart of oil a month. But, where's it all going?

11.01.2009

I have a 2002 Nissan Altima that for the past six months has been losing oil at the rate of about a quart per month. I thought that it might be either leaking oil or burning oil. However, there are no...

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Can Tom and Ray help Emily dump her beater '92 Volvo?

11.01.2009

About a year and a half ago, my dad bought a white '92 Volvo station wagon off Craigslist for $500. I'm turning 16 next spring, and he expects it to be my car. He thinks it's fantastic because it was so cheap...

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