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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My car grinds and burns...help!

10.01.1990

I have a four cylinder Mustang After I've been driving for to minutes I hear a grinding sound when I accelerate When this happens I also smell something burning Help Gilda TOM Gee Gilda it could be any number of...

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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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What has more value: a roaring restored classic or a boring new sedan?

10.01.1990

I'm a business man contemplating the purchase of a second car for my family We already own a new Isuzu Trooper as our number one car I'm thinking about buying a classic mid-sixties muscle car like a Camaro or Mustang...

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Why is my clutch roaring?

10.01.1990

I have a Oldsmobile Regency I recently had a new fan clutch installed But the new fan clutch makes a loud roaring noise which is very annoying What can be done to stop it Constance RAY Well Constance I think...

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How to store a convertible for winter

10.01.1990

I have a LeBaron GT convertible that I plan to store for the winter Having never stored a car before I would like some advice on what I should do before putting it away John RAY Well the first thing...

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Ford Taurus: A connoisseur's guide.

10.01.1990

I retired about eight years ago and at that time said good bye to new cars cost and all I've always driven GM cars why I don't know But now I'm thinking of buying a Ford Taurus I would like...

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