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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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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Kneel down, face Detroit, and pray for a vacuum leak.

01.01.1991

What's wrong with an Cadillac with low mileage that misses shakes and slowly stalls at idle At mph it still misses and shakes I've replaced the plugs wires and distributor cap Willy TOM Well Willy the good news is that...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 4

01.01.1991

few weeks we've announced our picks for the Ten Best Cars of In case you haven't been taking notes here they are again RAY We chose the Dodge Caravan Plymouth Voyager as the Best Minivan We named the Ford Taurus...

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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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