Could car cigarette lighters be an alternate energy source?

04.01.2010

Oftentimes, I charge my mobile phone or iPod using the cigarette lighter in my car. Does that do any damage to the battery, like limit its life span? If so, should I stop? If not, shouldn't everyone be charging their...

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What would cause Sarah's Nissan Altima to lock-up after a near-crash?

04.01.2010

A scary thing happened to me yesterday on the highway. I was driving a 1999 Nissan Altima that I bought last year. It has about 90,000 miles. Yesterday I was in the far-left lane on the highway, coasting along at about 60 mph...

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How could a carwash cause Jonathan's Porsche to sputter?

04.01.2010

I bought a '72 Porsche 914 a few weeks ago. It was running great for about 10 days. Then I took it through a carwash. When it came out, it ran terribly. It was underpowered, and sputtered whenever I hit the gas...

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Today: A reader with a truly "weighty" issue.

04.01.2010

Hello! My older sister has a 1996 Saturn SC2, and she is constantly yelling at my sister, my mom and myself for supposedly "plopping" into the seat. She claims that because we don't carefully control our muscles while we get into...

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Piper's Subaru shakes like mad on left turns. Can Tom and Ray help?

04.01.2010

I have a manual-transmission 2000 Subaru Forester with 126,000 miles that I've had since it had 12 miles on it. I also have a 1-month-old baby. As a new mom, my car has me a little worried. During the past year, it has...

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Just how crazy is it, for David's daughter to buy a Jag XJS?

04.01.2010

My 24-year-old daughter is moving to Los Angeles from New York City and will need a car. She is in love with the Jaguar XJS Coupe. Her budget will allow an early-1990s model with 100,000-plus miles. My questions are... 

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Can modern engines still "blow up" from racing?

04.01.2010

Yesterday a vehicle crashed into some trees near my house. The driver apparently had passed out while driving and was not conscious, but his foot was still on the gas. The engine was racing and the tires were spinning, and...

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Does braking at the last minute save wear and tear?

04.01.2010

My wife's grandfather drives like an idiot. Specifically, he never touches the brake pedal until the very last second, at which point he slams on the brake, throwing everyone forward and sending various objects hurtling about the car. Someone finally...

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Is "re-refined" oil okay to use in your car's engine?

04.01.2010

I stopped at a "Quickie Lube"-type joint the other day and asked them what type of oil they use in their least-expensive oil-change service. The answer was "remanufactured oil." I left, because I'd never heard the term before. What...

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