Alert the Toyota Museum!

04.01.1991

I have a Mercedes DC which I have driven to work for over years I have recently done an engine transplant using a Toyota R engine with the Toyota five speed manual transmission This had done away with the problems...

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What is excessive "blow by"?

04.01.1991

I have a Ford F- with the five liter engine The filter inside the air cleaner becomes saturated with oil every two to three weeks Why What can I do about it Bob RAY Gee Bob that doesn't sound good...

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Driving with rocks in the engine? Sounds bad

04.01.1991

I am the owner of a Thunderbird which has one slight peculiarity When it's started and the engine is cold the engine is relatively smooth and quiet But when put in drive when cold it sounds like it's grinding rocks...

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What are Laura's two options for owning an Italian Sports Car?

04.01.1991

I am years old and I would like very much to get a Lamborghini Diablo It is my very favorite car and I would love to own one even though I can't drive I suppose I could have somebody else...

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Trucking: Is front wheel drive better?

04.01.1991

My question does not deal with car repair or maintenance The vast majority of new cars today are front wheel drive Why doesn't any manufacturer make a full size front wheel drive pick up truck You can buy rear wheel...

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Limited slip differential saves your wheels.

04.01.1991

I got myself an ' Chevy Astro Van Among its options is a Limited Slip Differential To a layman like me that means that when one of the driven wheels starts slipping in mud or snow the power transfers to...

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On further inspection, dealer-ordered "independent inspection" doesn't do the job.

04.01.1991

Yesterday I went to a new car dealership near work to look at some of their used cars We're thinking of buying an ' or ' Acura Legend I told the salesman that before I would consider purchasing one I'd...

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What is that "fishy" smell?

04.01.1991

I have an ' Chevy Corsica that has developed a fishy smell inside the car I think it has an odor like antifreeze I haven't noticed any leaks and everything seems to be working OK Do you have any suggestions...

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Springs have sprung when Harold jacks his car

03.01.1991

I have a Chevy Caprice Classic that I bought used I do all the maintenance on the car myself When I jack the rear wheels off the ground the rear springs fall out There doesn't seem to be anything holding...

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Manual vs. automatic transmissions: Which tows better?

03.01.1991

In a vehicle used to tow a travel trailer if both were operated and maintained properly which type of transmission would likely require the least repair an automatic or manual I plan to keep the tow vehicle approximately miles Fred...

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Quad 4, and other quandries

03.01.1991

What does the term Quad mean when speaking of automobile engines Scott RAY Quad is a registered trade mark of the General Motors Corporation It's GM's name for a four cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder which is now...

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An airbag discussion.

03.01.1991

I would like you to discuss air bags I'm curious about whether they really work and why all cars don't have them If air bags save lives why aren't they mandatory Katherine RAY Yes Katherine air bags do save lives--as...

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Custom order springs

03.01.1991

The driver's side door of our Datsun is missing the spring that holds the door ajar We first noticed the missing part a few weeks ago it was probably worn out after having served for thirteen years Without this spring...

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The acid test for catching a slipping clutch?

03.01.1991

My Celica has miles on the original clutch It has not begun to slip yet but it must be running on borrowed time I was told by a friend that the acid test is to rev the engine with the...

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A Complaint from the A.B.O.M.

03.01.1991

So often we hear complaints about mechanics Let me share a recent personal experience My car would not shift smoothly nor at the proper speeds I drove into a local transmission franchise and explained my problem to the manager He...

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