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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Driving vs. Flying to New Orleans.

06.01.1991

I need some good advice about a trip I am considering making I own a Chevy Chevette with miles on it My brother and I are planning to drive non-stop from Milwaukee to New Orleans later this summer What I...

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That's right, another engine oil question.

06.01.1991

Engine oil seems to be a favorite topic of concern I change my car's oil every miles Is it bad to change it when the engine is cold I realize warm oil will carry away more contaminants but not having...

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What does it mean when your gas tank whistles at you?

06.01.1991

My beautiful ' Chrysler Fifth Avenue is in excellent condition It runs well and gets good gas mileage But I get a scare when I gas up When the gas cap is removed I hear a burst or air that...

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Could it be an electro-magnetic malfunction?

06.01.1991

My Toyota Camry station wagon with automatic transmission and overdrive has a flaw Occasionally and randomly without warning the transmission will go into Neutral This occurs when the car has been run and is hot and then is parked for...

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Patrick's a Ford Man. But what about his engine?

05.01.1991

In your series on the ten best cars of you rated the Ford F- as the best pickup truck on the market You did not mention however which engine you prefer for that vehicle The liter straight six and the...

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What really is a "moonroof?"

05.01.1991

My husband and I are in the midst of a serious domestic dispute that only the two of you can help resolve He recently purchased a car with a hole cut in the roof He maintains that it's a moonroof...

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Tom and Ray help a Damsel in Distress, Dawn.

05.01.1991

Help I am a damsel in distress I just took my Saab EMS into the shop to have the transmission done I ended up with a new clutch and a rebuilt transmission But my car STILL has trouble going into...

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Focus on those other 362 days, Charlotte!

05.01.1991

I have a Acura Integra with a -speed manual transmission and miles on it's original tires It's a great car and handles beautifully of the time but the tires have poor traction in fresh snow It was a problem again...

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Rather than dumping the car, why not refuzz the dice?

05.01.1991

First of all thank you for the knowledge you have given me and also the laughter you have added to my life My husband and I are in our seventies We have been thinking of buying a car Would we...

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This week, a Celebrity Roast.

05.01.1991

I own a four cylinder Chevy Celebrity My problem is with the brakes About a year ago I had my brake shoes rotors and pads replaced For a few months the brakes worked fine Then my right rear brake seemed...

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Buying from your ex is a bad idea.

05.01.1991

I recently purchased a used ' Toyota Camry from my ex-husband After having the wheels aligned I noticed that the steering wheel was not straight--that is the steering wheel is turned a few inches to the right when the wheels...

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To use or not to use the headlights...

05.01.1991

Does driving a vehicle with the headlights on appreciably shorten the life of the battery and or alternator I am asking about additional hours logged during daylight hours Even though it's safer I think many people are reluctant to turn...

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