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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Disconnecting the EGR valve leads to EPA enforcement.

04.01.1991

My Chevy V- with miles used to hesitate at take off and buck at speeds above MPH I discovered that when I disconnected the EGR valve the bucking disappeared and the engine ran great I asked my mechanic if that...

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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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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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The elusive front-end vibration:

03.01.1991

I have a AMC Eagle When driving on a paved road the front end will sometimes start to shake at around mph You can see the dash vibrate I can go for months or over a thousand miles between incidents...

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Alice's husband: A man of old habits

03.01.1991

My husband just cannot break himself of old habits and I'm wondering it if is doing any damage to the car After years of driving a manual shift we bought a completely automatic small foreign-made car Instead of letting the...

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"Classic" car for sale

03.01.1991

Is there a paper published for advertising classic and antique cars I have a Pontiac Tempest in excellent condition that I would like to sell Dorothy RAY Well Dorothy the trick to selling a classic car is finding some screwball...

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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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