Are we ever going to see front-wheel-drive pickups?

12.01.2011

Rick wants to know where the alternatives to expensive four-wheel-drive pickups are hiding. Aren't they easier to handle on slippery roads?

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Is it possible for turn signals to fail intermittently?

11.29.2011

The blinkers on Terry's beat-up 1995 Volvo 850 have stopped working for her...but they still work for her husband! Is this a case of failed electronics or operator error?

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Today: The Case of the Disappearing Fire

11.24.2011

Driving down the road in my '89 Nissan pickup, I smelled smoke. I assumed it was outside and rolled up the driver's-side window and turned off the fan. Immediately, smoke came out of the heater vents. What's going on?

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Is this husband's latest shifting method going to ruin the car?

11.22.2011

My husband used to drive like an old man in his 1997 Camry but ever since he bought a 6-speed 2004 Acura TSX, he's been shifting like a race car driver. Has this car ruined him for life?

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Today: Jay's new used truck is missing an air filter.

11.20.2011

I bought a used truck from a Toyota dealer, drove it for 5,000 miles, and then discovered it was missing an air filter. Should I be worried?

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Today: The Firebird and the Angry Little Brother

11.15.2011

I learned that a "homemade octane booster" had been added to the gas tank of my friend's early-'80s Pontiac Firebird by an angry little brother.  The engine was running better than ever the next day.  Coincidence?

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Today: What to Do When the Driver Loses Consciousness

11.01.2011

My husband was driving our Yukon on the highway cruise control set on when he passed out. He was in the left-hand lane of four lanes so I reached over, turned off the ignition and steered to the left hand shoulder.

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Today: Daphne's Prius Needs a New Battery

11.01.2011

I just got word that my Prius with miles needs a new hybrid battery. I got the car new and it's been well-maintained but the battery has not given us the 150,000 or 180,000 miles that we had hoped we could get.

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Today: Will Thomas's cheapskate boss see reason?

10.01.2011

I do not have an air conditioner So what you say There are many cars on the streets without any air conditioning most of them old rusted-out beaters But I have a Chevrolet Cobalt base model XFE My boss bought...

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Can Sarah get away with spending less on her brakes?

10.01.2011

So my Kia Rio has a brake-fluid leak A reeeeally bad brake-fluid leak So bad that the floor of my back seat is fully littered with empty brake-fluid bottles Now I am pretty low on money Quite broke indeed And...

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Today: Will a stuck dipstick on Ken's Subaru Loyale cause trouble?

10.01.2011

I have a Subaru Loyale -wheel-drive wagon The transmission-fluid dipstick has broken off the cap The stem is down the fill tube beyond where I can reach it with a telescoping magnet I tried to grasp it with a long...

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Why does everyone in Europe drive a stick shift?

10.01.2011

My fiancee is European and they all drive stick shifts over there When I visited I had to pay more to rent a car with an automatic It seems to be true everywhere in Europe Everybody owns a stick-shift car...

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Today: Joe's car fell off the tow truck. Now what?

10.01.2011

I had the opportunity to watch my car fall off a flatbed tow truck last night in the middle of Brooklyn Nothing like waiting two hours for a tow truck because the car wouldn't start and then seeing it sitting...

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Today: Mary saved the geese, but was it at the expense of her brakes?

10.01.2011

I was driving on a rural road and rounded a bend where there was a family of geese crossing Mama Papa and five goslings I successfully slammed on my brakes and they crossed the road safely The thing is I...

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Today: Rita's mechanic is full of hot air when it comes to the AC.

10.01.2011

I was told today at an auto-body-repair shop that the temperature dial on my car the one that is half-blue and half-red is NOT a thermostat for the air conditioner and that I should NEVER touch it when the air...

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