When you have to add 2 quarts of oil to every tank...

02.01.1991

Every time I fill up the gas tank of my Chevette I have to add two quarts of oil This has been going on for six to eight months No leak can be found and a new pollution control valve...

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Is it bad that Doug's heat is connected to the gas pedal?

02.01.1991

My Lincoln Continental turns the cabin heat on full blast whenever I step on the gas hard This happens summer or winter whether the heat or AC is on Climbing a hill requires turning off the automatic climate control or...

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How a carburetor is supposed to work

02.01.1991

I have a Plymouth Voyager with the liter Mitsubishi engine The car has miles on it and is in very good condition It runs great and fulfills my needs perfectly There is one annoying feature that I would like to...

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Sworn to secrecy!

02.01.1991

I have a Renault Fuego in which I need to replace the oxygen sensor I have a Chilton's Repair and Tune Up Guide which shows the location of the oxygen sensor very clearly My problem is that the oxygen sensor...

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CCA and HCA

02.01.1991

What is the difference between Cold Cranking Amps and Hot Cranking Amps Which is more important in choosing a battery Because of health reasons I just use my car once a week to go shopping in town so I need...

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Betty's Nova lights up

02.01.1991

I have a Chevrolet Nova For over a month now I've noticed that the Emergency Brake light on the dash stays on for the first fifteen minutes of driving every morning It seems to be taking longer and longer now...

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A marital dispute about Rabbits

02.01.1991

Knowing how you love to give marital advice when it involves cars I mean car advice when it involves a marital dispute we want your opinion on what we should do with our old VWs We're going to buy a...

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A psychological and sociological question!

02.01.1991

Since you occasionally tackle the psychological and sociological issues related to car ownership I thought you might like to consider this one Why do car buyers allow the dealers to affix their dealership name to the car They wouldn't put...

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When should you downshift on a manual transmission?

01.01.1991

When coming to a stop my wife uses only the clutch and brakes of her -speed Honda Accord and doesn't shift until she has stopped I was taught to slow a car with a manual transmission by downshifting through the...

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Too tight lug nuts might actually be a good thing

01.01.1991

Whenever a mechanic or service station attendant replaces a wheel on a car they use a powerful air gun to fasten the lug nuts These nuts are then physically impossible to loosen with the type of lug wrench supplied with...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 5

01.01.1991

This is it The final chapter in the seemingly unending saga of the Click and Clack Ten Best cars of Today we have the final five runners-up RAY In case you haven't been clipping our columns and framing them these...

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Hi, Hai, you need new shocks.

01.01.1991

I own a Nissan Maxima that has miles and four original shock absorbers Recently I took the car to a tire shop to replace the two front tires which were badly and unevenly worn The mechanic strongly suggested that I...

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Oil: Is it ok to use a different brand name?

01.01.1991

As a fairly decent shade tree mechanic I was taught that once you started using a certain brand and type of oil in a new car you should always use that same brand Is this true Chuck TOM That's a...

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Zen and the Art of Camaro Maintenance

01.01.1991

I have a Chevrolet Camaro that I bought used in It was in great shape had only miles belonged to a school teacher etc I haven't had any problems until it recently started leaking oil erratically It'll go for weeks...

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Tom and Ray's equation for college student car repair.

01.01.1991

My daughter in college has a Volkswagen Golf with about miles So far this year we have replaced the heater core both fuel pumps a CV joint the radio partly her fault the horn the windshield wiper motor and the...

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