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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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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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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