Should I pre-lube my lemon?

11.01.1990

I am a doctor who has always had a great desire to completely overhaul an automobile from stem to stern Finally since I have no background I bought some books and then went looking for a car I figured a...

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Does my husband really need to down-shift?

11.01.1990

I have a Plymouth Turismo with a five-speed manual transmission My husband drives the car whenever we travel somewhere He always down-shifts when he passes another car Please explain the point of leaving fifth gear when the car is moving...

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Should I drive fast or slow on a dirt road?

11.01.1990

I drive on a dirt road approximately two miles daily I have heard opposing suggestions about the best way to drive on dirt roads One theory is to drive slowly - mph so the bumps will not cause so much...

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Diagnosis: an acute case of cheapskatery

11.01.1990

We recently bought an ' Toyota Corolla Diesel from my mother-in-law The car runs great but we're having a problem with the air conditioning When you start the car it works fine But then the light on the A C...

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Should I trust the manual or tire for proper tire pressure?

11.01.1990

I have a ' Hyundai It says on the tire that maximum pressure is psi But the owner's manual says psi Why the big difference Alice TOM The number on the tire's sidewall psi is the maximum pressure you can...

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The pros and cons of coasting

11.01.1990

I like to coast down long hills in neutral to save gas Sometimes I can go ten miles or more without touching the gas pedal My wife doesn't like it when I do this What are the pros and cons...

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Why hide the headlights?

11.01.1990

I have never seen a man or woman put a band-aid over a diamond ring Yet every year some cars come out with their headlights covered Why hide them George TOM It's purely a matter of styling George Some designers...

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A camaro shifting lesson

11.01.1990

I hope you can help me with my problem I own a Chevrolet Camaro RS which I purchased new More specifically I very often have trouble getting the transmission into reverse It just doesn't want to slide in I usually...

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A year-long test of the Mazda 929S

11.01.1990

fixing cars or defending ourselves against lawsuits one of the things we do is test drive new cars Usually we get them for a couple of weeks but once in a while we get one for a long-term test And...

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Should I be worried that my car ticks?

11.01.1990

When I turn off the engine and start to walk away from my Nissan I often hear a ticking noise What exactly is causing the noise and is it anything to worry about Jack RAY What do you do for...

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This is what we call an "old father's tale."

10.01.1990

When I was learning to drive a car my father told me that it's better for the car if the engine is turned off while the car is in neutral instead of park After it's turned off he said to...

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Skim vs. Fat Free

10.01.1990

I have a Pontiac Grand Prix The gas gauge says unleaded gas only Would it be wrong to use lead free gas If yes what is the difference between unleaded and lead free Josephine TOM I used to have the...

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Could the chain-sound be the shackles of Yuppiehood?

10.01.1990

I drive a BMW i Since I've owned it for ten years you can't call me a yuppie It's in excellent shape and runs like a top However I've noticed that when I drive by say a line of parked...

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The dreaded carberator cackle.

10.01.1990

My grandfather drives a Ford LTD which has about miles on it For the past few months the carburetor has been acting up The mechanic says that it should be replaced at a cost of - dollars depending on whether...

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Is the car shaking, is it Bina?

10.01.1990

I have a Honda Accord LXi with about miles on it The problem is with the steering wheel Every time I turn on the air conditioning the steering wheel starts shaking The shaking only occurs when I am stopped What...

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