Vera's dog feverishly licks the air vents. Is he a Freon junkie?

04.01.2011

My dog is addicted to getting his lips on the air ducts on the dash of my car. He licks the vents feverishly, and he drools as a result. I told a friend that I think my dog is a...

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Why is "excessive idling" considered to be "severe duty"?

04.01.2011

Why in the world is "excessive idling" defined as "severe duty" in all owner's manuals? I read in one column that idling is harder on the valve train than running at red-line is! What's the explanation? Lower oil pressure? Hotter...

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Is Beverly's neighbor being a "passive-aggressive nebbish?"

04.01.2011

My neighbor, who does not impress me as having an IQ above that of a Neanderthal, told me the other day that while he didn't want to be minding my business for me, I am "ruining my car parking it...

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Is the 30,000 mile service on Seth's Honda really necessary?

04.01.2011

I own a 2008 Honda Civic with 33,000 miles. I have regularly changed the oil and rotated its tires. I also have replaced the air filter on one occasion. Is there any reason for me to succumb to the pressures of the...

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Is it enough to just walk away from a blazing car fire?

04.01.2011

Last week my fiancee's father was driving his 1987 Buick from the farm into town. A couple of hundred yards away from the house (and about .1 mile from the highway) on the gravel road, the car caught fire. Her dad, instead...

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Today: Tom and Ray explain the details of "Fresh" v. "Recirculate."

04.01.2011

Can you please tell us which vehicles recirculate all of their inside air, rather than pulling in outside air? My wife is extremely allergic to smells, so pulling outside air into the car absolutely will not do. We were told...

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Tom and Ray help Darren disassemble-- and reassemble-- a junker.

04.01.2011

Here's my challenge, for which I'd welcome help and/or suggestions. Our theater company soon will open its latest production. Almost all of the play takes place in one of two cars, which the actors are sitting in, standing by...

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Should Denise buy a Mercury, with the entire brand being discontinued?

04.01.2011

I drove a 2010 Mercury Mariner as a rental in Tucson, Ariz., last winter. I'm a snowbird now from the Chicago area and need a car down there. I really liked the car but saw that it is being discontinued. Would...

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Just how did a block of ice find its way into Kate's Ford Explorer?

04.01.2011

I have a question about something that happened to one of the vehicles our company uses. We have a 2005 Ford Explorer that is not used very much in the wintertime. When we tried to start it one cold morning, we...

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Can "start-stop" technology be added to an older car?

04.01.2011

I wonder if it is possible to take one feature from a hybrid car and use it on a regular car to save gas. When stopped at a red light or stop sign, or dead cold in a traffic jam...

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