Is it safe to use your rear defroster in temps below 0 degrees?

01.01.2011

I have a great, wonderful, sweet co-worker who may be as wacky as a loon. It was 0 degrees Fahrenheit last week, and she refused to use her rear defroster, claiming it would shatter her rear window. Who is wacko here...

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Today: is two-footed driving bad for your car?

01.01.2011

My husband, a dear, loving Englishman, drives with one foot on the brake and one foot on the gas. At a red light, the poor car is trying desperately to move forward, as told by the right foot, but is...

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Can malt liquor be used as an engine coolant?

01.01.2011

Last summer, I was commuting home from work on the highway, and my 1998 Nissan Maxima started to overheat. The temperature outside was 90+. The engine started heaving, so I had to pull off the interstate and sit for a while, waiting...

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Can Bonnie's VW Passat go 10,000 miles between oil changes?

01.01.2011

I have a 2009 VW Passat with about 6,500 miles. I called to set up an appointment to get the oil changed, and the dealership said it only changes the oil at 10,000 miles. My late husband took excellent care of all of...

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Is it really worth the money to get a used car inspected?

01.01.2011

I love your show and column, and am a longtime listener and reader. After all these years, I finally have a question for you. I know you guys recommend having a used car inspected by a trusted mechanic prior to...

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Sometimes "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" ain't such a good idea.

01.01.2011

Our 2001 Subaru Forester (93,000 miles, we're the only owner) has been an excellent, essentially maintenance-free vehicle. Recently, when a front axle was replaced for a torn CV joint boot, the garage owner recommended a pre-emptive replacement of the timing belt. He...

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Should tires be warmed up, before being driven at full speed?

01.01.2011

When I was learning to drive in the '50s, there was a rule to not drive above 40 mph on the highway for 10 minutes in order to give the bias-ply tires time to warm up so they wouldn't be overstressed...

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How can Fee get that nice, comfy ride back-- affordably?

01.01.2011

My third black Mercury Grand Marquis, "Batmobile," is a 2002 with 80,000 miles on it. Yesterday my dealer told me that the air bags have aged -- lost their elasticity, inflatability and verve. My mind leapt to my 62-year-old breasts as the...

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Which is better: changing your oil when the engine is hot or cold?

01.01.2011

I always change my own oil on my cars. I let the car sit overnight and change the engine oil the next day. My daughter said that it would be better to change the oil when the engine is hot...

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What caused Beatrice's Camry to explode?

01.01.2011

I have a 1999 Camry CE that is maintained on a regular basis. Since I am a senior citizen, the annual mileage is about 3,000 miles per year. Yesterday the car was parked in a garage for about one hour. I returned...

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