If it's unintentional, let's call it "Motorslaughter"

04.01.1991

Help I think I blew the engine in my Lincoln Town Car It was idling too loud and fast so I hit the gas pedal all the way to the floor a few times When this didn't work I hit...

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An oxygen Sensor question, from our Three Stooges department.

04.01.1991

I'm standing at one of these while-u-wait tune up joints having just agreed to pay dollars for something called an oxygen sensor for my ' Buick Skylark The guy with the clipboard pulled me over pointed to an innocuous little...

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Strangely, Ed's snobby car demands Fresh spring water.

04.01.1991

I live in a town where the water is very hard Several years ago I started using a mix of antifreeze and distilled water This mixture seems to work well and in fact my temperature gauge seems to run approximately...

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Once again, we present a marital dispute!

04.01.1991

Once again you are going to be asked to solve a marital dispute Our problems arise when we park our respective stick shift cars and the object of the disagreement is the parking brake I always engage the brake while...

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Shifting without the clutch is like catching a baseball in your teeth.

04.01.1991

After reading your response to the recent letter about the downshifting debate I was forced to concede defeat to my wife She has always followed your advice not to downshift when coasting to a stop despite my criticism teeth gnashing...

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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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A First? Car Talk saves Gary money

03.01.1991

Thanks I would like to express my appreciation for your article on General Motors power steering problems The problem you described difficult steering for a few minutes when the car is cold was exactly what I had experienced with my...

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It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a campus commuter?

03.01.1991

I am a student who needs a car to get around campus I am contemplating purchasing a Volkswagen Bug since it is a relatively cheap car that's good on gas What is the right year to get and what things...

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How to get an accurate oil level reading

03.01.1991

I have a Dodge Spirit with miles My problem is I can't get a true reading on the oil dipstick--whether the engine is hot or cold Am I safe in waiting until the oil light comes on until worrying about...

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Driver education alert! Low light headlight etiquette

03.01.1991

With more cars and trucks sporting additional sets of headlights can you help educate drivers on their proper use By turning on every light available drivers get to show off how much they spent on their imported car or sports...

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We don't need anymore stamps!

03.01.1991

don't send any more self addressed stamped envelopes My brother and I already have enough stamps to pay our utility bills for the next years TOM As much as we'd love to we can't answer your letters personally It's hard...

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A mountain out of a molehill

03.01.1991

I own a Nissan Stanza with miles I have a problem that is perplexing I hear a squeal from under the hood that lasts a few seconds and then disappears It seems to squeal on turns and occasionally upon acceleration...

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Advice for cleaning the engine compartments

03.01.1991

Please give me your best advice on cleaning engine compartments Do they need it How often What's the best method Thanks for the advice Vern RAY Well Vern the slobs of the world my brother included will be delighted to...

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How to deal with a husband and the squeak he won't hear

03.01.1991

My husband won't listen to my fourteen year old son and me when we tell him about the Phantom squeak in my ' blue Mustang The squeak comes from the steering wheel area when I press on the gas pedal...

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