How important are anti-lock brakes?

02.01.2011

My 17-year-old niece is interested in a 2007 Toyota Matrix, but it does not have anti-lock brakes (ABS). She may be heading to college in a place where it snows. Is it critical to have ABS brakes? Should this be a...

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Today: how Steve dodged an oil bullet.

02.01.2011

I recently drove about a thousand miles without my oil cap. It's a 2005 Toyota Sequoia, and I was off-road for about 10 days at the same time. When I got home, no oil cap! (Human error all the way.) I checked...

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What's the safest way for Laura's guide dog to ride in the car?

02.01.2011

I travel with a guide dog. When we're in our own car (driven by my husband, not by me or the dog), I have a harness that the seat belt slips through and we buckle the dog in the back...

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Who's right when it comes to overheating: Chrissy or the Viagra ad?

02.01.2011

Love your show and your column! I'm sure you have seen the Viagra commercial on TV in which the intrepid driver notices that his muscle car is overheating. He swings jauntily into a service station, buys a cold bottle of...

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Can you be at a full stop... with a wheel still spinning?!

02.01.2011

I was ticketed recently for not stopping at a stop sign. I was sure I stopped. When I questioned the officer, he said all four wheels have to stop. The implication was that one or more of my wheels stopped...

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Do tires need to be warmed up, too?

02.01.2011

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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What is Bonehead Insurance? aka Mechanic Malpractice Insurance?

02.01.2011

I recently had the timing belt replaced in my son's car (a '97 VW Passat) by a local mechanic in southwest Michigan. The next day, my son left to drive back to New York City, where he is a student...

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