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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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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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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A salty response.

02.01.1991

we'd share with you some correspondence from our Hate Mail Division A column we wrote some weeks ago concerning the excessive use of salt on snowy roads drew a derisive response from a high-level transportation engineer whose name we're withholding...

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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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