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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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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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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Click and clack's response to "Is my husband nuts?"

02.01.1991

I feel stupid asking you this question but I think my husband is nuts He tells me to put oil into the gas tank of our Chevette He says this will make it run better but every time I do...

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Pearls of wisdom for a gray-haired mother

02.01.1991

I realize you two aren't Dear Abby and Ann Landers but there may be some similarities in your jobs What I would like are some pearls of great wisdom on the following A -year-old boy works long and hard saves...

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Tom admits to overcharging

02.01.1991

I had a nearly new battery It went dead all of a sudden The mechanic said it was overcharged and sold me a new alternator It's been OK since then I've never heard of overcharging before A dollar rip-off Sam...

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Why are new spares tiny donuts?

02.01.1991

What's with those tiny donut spare tires the auto salespeople want to foist on us these days Recently one of my tires blew and shredded on a major interstate I was able to put on the donut and drive to...

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"Demo" vs. "Used" car

02.01.1991

What's the difference between a demo and a used car Warren TOM A demo has been ruined by hundreds of different people who are thinking about possibly buying it RAY A used car has been ruined by only one or...

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