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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What kind of damage can "red-lining" do to an engine?

07.01.1991

What kind of damage can red-lining do to an engine I accidentally accelerated to mph in third gear before shifting to fourth in my VW Fox My dealer says it's unlikely I did any damage because the Fox doesn't red-line...

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Is it safe to remove the "heat shield"?

07.01.1991

I hope you can advise this year old widow with a car problem I own a Ford Tempo Last year I had the whole exhaust system replaced A few months later I noticed a buzzing sound coming from under the...

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Owner's manual versus sage brotherly advice?

07.01.1991

The owner's manual of my Chevy Nova recommends limiting my maximum speed during the first miles which I did My brother who is a mechanic in the Navy says that's a bunch of baloney Who's right Mary Jo RAY You're...

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Noises can be elusive...so listen hard!

07.01.1991

At our house we drive an ' Ford Tempo It's a great car except that in the last few months it continually makes a sound kind of like water boiling We took it to a garage and they put in...

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Test drive results: '91 Suzuki Sidekick JLX

06.01.1991

a car that really surprised me TOM What happened You got it from me and the gas tank wasn't empty RAY No It's a car that I wasn't expecting to like at all and I ended up liking it very...

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How to recognize the sounds of a bad tire.

06.01.1991

While driving my wife's Toyota Camry I noticed a thump thump thump while cornering hard to the left or right Thinking this was caused by the well worn original tires I replaced them with a brand new set Much to...

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Which hand is stonger, a power flush or reverse flush?

06.01.1991

Is there a difference between a power flush and a reverse flush Should one of these be done periodically Ben RAY I think the difference is that a power flush beats three of a kind Ben and a reverse flush...

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How to clean a convertible rag top.

06.01.1991

I have a white Volkswagon Cabriolet with a white convertible top I've tried just about everything to get the top clean without success I've even tried the top cleaner sold by the dealer Any ideas Tami TOM It's not as...

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What to do with a wet dog, defroster, and A/C.

06.01.1991

When my husband and I are riding home with the dog after a hike in the rains we experience a severe moisture problem in the car The defroster barely copes with the windshield and the other windows remain covered with...

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I'll tell you when it's time to start worrying!

06.01.1991

I have a Chevy Cavalier with a four speed manual transmission The car has miles and sometimes when I depress the clutch it makes a popping or clicking type of sound After this the gears are hard to find and...

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Frank asks the time-old question: What makes a good Minivan?

06.01.1991

About two weeks ago you wrote an article that continued to praise the line of Chrysler minivans I'm sure both of you are now acquainted with the Consumer Reports article in February which slams Chrysler's A- transmission I was just...

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How long does "break-in oil" need to stay in the car?

06.01.1991

My family owns two new cars and we've heard mixed messages about that first oil change A co-worker told my mother that she should change the oil in her truck the moment it reaches miles The reason being when an...

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A reminder: Click and Clack's Great Unyielding Truth

06.01.1991

I am the proud owner of a red Mazda Miata Wanting to keep it in good shape forever I need your help The owner's manual says the gasoline octane I use should be Where I live many of the major...

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Diagnose with shocking results!

06.01.1991

I think I may be your biggest fan I have a Celica GT with miles on it How does one determine when the shocks should be replaced It seems that the old jump-on-the-bumper-and-count-how-many-times-it-bounces test is not very accurate Blair TOM...

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