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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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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What does retarded timing yield?

12.01.1990

I have a Mazda B pick up truck with miles on it Up until recently I've been pleased with it's performance Now the acceleration is sluggish and it guzzles gas I've recently changed the oil and gotten a tune up...

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When to get an oil change

12.01.1990

I drive very little since retiring and have put on only miles in the last ten months My owner's manual says to change the oil every miles or six months whichever comes first But with miles to go before I...

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Chrysler to set new directions with compasses!

12.01.1990

Why aren't compasses provided in cars by the manufacturers In their quest for high-tech instruments idiot lights bells buzzers digital readouts etc why can't they furnish a simple useful device like a good quality compass The compasses you can buy...

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A half full or half empty tank.

12.01.1990

First of all I really enjoy your column even though I'm not a car person I own a Volvo DL wagon It has miles on it and it runs well My problem is that when the tank gets almost half...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 1

12.01.1990

noticed that around this time of year all of the automotive publications Road and Flack Car and Drivel come out with their lists of ten best cars RAY Well we've noticed that we often disagree with a lot of their...

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Sand bags for winter traction?

12.01.1990

I am aware that while driving in winter conditions it is important to keep extra weight in the trunk of a car to help with traction However now that I have a car with front wheel drive this practice seems...

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What is a reliable car for a 16-year-old?

12.01.1990

Okay I'm I need a car It has to have good gas mileage a standard shift and seat about four I have earned dollars and my parents are contributing another dollars So what is the most reliable car I would...

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