Have a heart to heart with the repair shop...

08.01.1991

I have a Plymouth Reliant Recently I replaced the oil pan because the threads that hold the oil plug were stripped The repair shop had told me previously on two appointments for lube and oil that they put in a...

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Cleaning fuel injectors with transmission fluid and gasoline...?

08.01.1991

I have a Ford Taurus I told a friend that I was going to get my fuel injectors cleaned He said to use a pint of transmission fluid in a tank of gas which he has been doing for some...

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What's the verdict on do-it-yourself rear defrosters?

08.01.1991

I own a Mitsubishi Eclipse I bought the car from a friend who had been living in Georgia and took it with me when I moved to New York The problem is that the car has no rear defroster I...

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Those troublesome carbon deposits...

08.01.1991

I was listening to your radio show a few weeks ago and I heard you advise a woman from Nashville who was having trouble with carbon deposits on the valves of her Camry I own a Camry and have had...

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The Clutch of the Month Club!

08.01.1991

I own a Ford Ranger with a five speed manual transmission My question is whether it hurts the transmission in any way to start off in second gear instead of first I was always taught to run the transmission through...

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A convertible pick-up truck...is there such a gem?

07.01.1991

With the popularity of silly looking little pick up trucks with all kind of brightly colored things hanging off them doesn't it seem odd that nobody makes a convertible pick up truck yet Ford used to make ragtop trucks in...

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A cranky crankcase...

07.01.1991

I have a Jeep Wagoneer Ltd with a liter motor Recently a dealer installed a used engine After picking it up to drive home--a distance of miles--I noticed the oil pressure gauge dropping and then a bad knock developed The...

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Help! I'm 30 and can't drive!

07.01.1991

HELP I've reached the age of almost without having learned to drive Is it best to learn on a stick or automatic I've heard that you can drive almost anything after learning on a stick But having gone so long...

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What is a "valve lash adjustment"?

07.01.1991

In my several years of listening to your radio show and reading your column I have never seen you address a mysterious item that keeps appearing on Chrysler's Scheduled Maintenance Service Bulletins for my Dodge Colt It says check valve...

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The brake light has two purposes:

07.01.1991

The brake indicator light on my ' Chevy Nova stays on whether the parking brake is on or not Is this a necessary repair or just something I can live with Janet RAY You definitely have to fix it Janet...

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Nothing pulls more weight than semi...

07.01.1991

I read your response to the letter about which type of transmission would require the fewest repairs for towing a trailer an automatic or manual I was surprised to see that you recommended an automatic since you said the additional...

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Not even Gucci spark plugs will help...

07.01.1991

I have a Cadillac with a engine and one weak valve A compression test showed that one of my cylinders has only psi Until I can afford to have it fixed are there any quick fixes Home remedies Recommendations Suggestions...

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What

07.01.1991

I heard you two have a book out Is this true If so what is it called and where can I find it I'd love to get a copy for my husband Barbara RAY I'm sorry Barbara While we'd love...

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A tacky Car Talk plug...

07.01.1991

I heard you two have a book out Is this true If so what is it called and where can I find it I'd love to get a copy for my husband Barbara RAY I'm sorry Barbara While we'd love...

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Air bags alone aren't good enough.

07.01.1991

In one of your recent columns you discussed the subject of air bags and I though your comments were very accurate and the sort of thing the motoring public needs to hear However I wish you had emphasized even more...

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