How do Cubans keep those 50-year-old cars so beautiful?

12.01.2009

I have often wondered, when I see a street scene in Havana, how they've managed to keep those '50s vintage cars operating all these years. Of course, we are conditioned to replace a car because of a full ashtray...

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Should Bob have paid $150 to get his locking lug nut drilled off?

12.01.2009

Recently, we had our 2005 Toyota RAV4 taken in for its regularly scheduled maintenance, which included rotating the tires. Each tire has a locking lug nut, and when I picked up the car, my mechanic told me that one of the...

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Locking lug nuts: more trouble than they're worth?

12.01.2009

Recently, we had our 2005 Toyota RAV4 taken in for its regularly scheduled maintenance, which included rotating the tires. Each tire has a locking lug nut, and when I picked up the car, my mechanic told me that one of the...

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Today: Tom and Ray help Albert disassemble his overhead console.

12.01.2009

My wife's 90-year-old aunt recently allowed us to take her 1995 Dodge Caravan with 55,000 miles. She said it needed to be driven, as she hadn't driven it in more than 17 months. Since we have received this vehicle, interior parts have been...

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Should Rachel pass on that new Mazda 3, after the dealership snafu?

12.01.2009

Last week I bought a used 2007 Mazda 3 with 43,000 miles for 10,800 dollars at a dealership. I went through the financing process, signed the final purchase papers and called my insurance company to transfer my plates. As I hung up the phone...

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Is there any possible good reason for changing the air in your tires?

12.01.2009

I once knew a local minister who completely deflated all his tires twice annually, then reinflated them with fresh air. He claimed the procedure prevents bumpiness and makes the car ride smoother. I think he's crazy, but his claim was...

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So, just why did Brian's daughter's Mercury Sable blow up?

12.01.2009

My daughter was going to soccer practice in our 2001 Mercury Sable Wagon. When she turned the key, there was an explosion that apparently blew the intake manifold off the engine. Needless to say, it drove a bit rough after that...

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Today: A most unusual and risky way to jump-start a car.

12.01.2009

We had a dead battery and called for a jump-start. The service agent could not jump-start the battery with his cables. He then proceeded to turn another battery over and lay it on top of my battery. Is this a...

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Just what caused Brian's daughter's car to explode? Find out.

12.01.2009

My daughter was going to soccer practice in our 2001 Mercury Sable Wagon. When she turned the key, there was an explosion that apparently blew the intake manifold off the engine. Needless to say, it drove a bit rough after that...

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Today: A rather unique way to jump-start a car.

12.01.2009

We had a dead battery and called for a jump-start. The service agent could not jump-start the battery with his cables. He then proceeded to turn another battery over and lay it on top of my battery. Is this a...

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Is it ever right to tip your mechanic?

12.01.2009

So, should you tip your mechanic? Would it be insulting? Would it be appreciated? How do you know how much you should tip if, indeed, you should tip at all? I ask because recently I went to a mechanic I...

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Today: can Tom and Ray help Margi get her brake lights working?

12.01.2009

I have a 1997 Plymouth Breeze with 110,000 miles on it. I changed the brake-light bulb in the passenger-side taillight, and now none of the lights in that taillight works. When I turn on my right blinker, the indicator on the dashboard...

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Mary discovers she's the wife of an incorrigible cheapskate.

12.01.2009

I just got married, and last week my new husband and I got into our first disagreement in the car! He doesn't put his blinker on when he's stopped, waiting to turn. He waits until he gets INTO the intersection...

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