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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Bronko Nagurski football helmet--for extra protection

09.01.1990

When starting a Ford Escort one morning there was a loud explosion The motor ran extremely rough for a while and the engine area was splattered with oil The gaskets of the valve cover the oil pan and the front...

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Do automatic transmissions go up hills?

09.01.1990

A friend of mine is afraid to use his car on steep hills for fear it will damage the automatic transmission I have been told by mechanics that this is baloney What do you say Earl RAY Gee I don't...

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A jalopy in Jaguar's clothing...

09.01.1990

I'm thinking of getting an older Jaguar in the next year after my son years old has his own car so he won't be driving mine I'd like it to be late ' s or early ' s cost -...

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The time-old ON/OFF air conditioning debacle

09.01.1990

I wonder if you can answer a question in order to solve an argument I'm having with my husband Is it better for the car engine if you turn OFF the air conditioner before you start the car and then...

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The alure of the (unreliable) Fiat Spider

09.01.1990

I am interested in buying a used Fiat Spider The reason I'm interested is that the Spider is the only sports car convertible within my meager means I know very little about these cars other than what my father says...

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How do you test a seatbelt for effectiveness?

09.01.1990

How can I tell if the seat belts in my Buick Regal work Alan RAY It's not that easy Alan Luckily my brother free-lances as a crash test dummy in his spare time so he knows quite a lot about...

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Horn placement: A history lesson

09.01.1990

Could you use your good offices--wit irony satire--even humor--to help get the automobile manufacturers to stop being cutesy about where they locate the horn button They've started putting it on the wheel spokes instead of in the center of the...

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