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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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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The holy tire of spares

01.01.1991

This past year I bought my wife a new Toyota Corolla four door sedan A short time ago late at night my wife had a rear flat tire Since she was unable to change the tire herself and could not...

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A tale of Myxomycetous Spheroidal antics

01.01.1991

Five months ago I bought a brand new Suzuki Swift from a local dealer Two months later I called the dealer to arrange some warranty repairs and have the car examined by a mechanic I got a message that the...

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How many miles should a new car have?

01.01.1991

We just bought a new car We then realized that it had miles on it Is a car with miles considered a new car or with that many miles would it be used Pam TOM The question isn't whether it's...

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Joseph joins the club of PAIN.

01.01.1991

I enjoy your wisdom and humor every week Is there any club for Pinto owners that you are aware of Joseph TOM Let's set the record straight Joseph BMW and Jaguar owners have clubs Pinto owners have support groups RAY...

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Four-wheel drive vs. steering

01.01.1991

Marilyn says she's not the best snow driver and she's looking for a new car with either four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. Tom and Ray explain her options.

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