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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You're the next best thing to "Dear Abby!"

12.01.1990

I'm interested in buying a new car next year My main criterion will be safety A military tank wouldn't be sporty enough for my teenager to drive so that's out What else would you suggest Thanks By the way I...

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Can sludge in the carburetor cause racing?

12.01.1990

I own a Olds Cutlass Ciera When I have the air conditioner or the defroster on the car will start racing Really racing I can have my foot on the brake and you can hear the gas pedal clicking by...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990 PART 3

12.01.1990

two weeks we've been unveiling our picks for ten best cars of In case you forgot here are the winners we've announced so far TOM The BEST MINIVAN is the Dodge Caravan Plymouth Voyager The BEST ALL-AROUND SEDAN is the...

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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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