Skip "break-in," and go right to "broken"

09.01.1990

Here's a first-time car owner's dilemma Before reading the owner's manual or learning about the concept of a break-in period I drove my new Toyota Tercel EZ at a steady ninety mph for nearly an hour before it had even...

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What is that smell, Kurtis?

09.01.1990

I own a Studebaker It runs fine except that once in a while a strong smell of gas comes through the vents and into the cockpit Because of these fumes the last date I had relieved her stomach on an...

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I want luxurious spaciousness!

09.01.1990

I am the not so proud owner of a Oldsmobile Toronado with miles on it I've had more than my share of major repairs on this car and I no longer believe my Toronado is reliable What car would you...

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This week--a radio that loses its memory more than my brother!

09.01.1990

I have a Acura Legend that I enjoy tremendously But I have a strange problem that has recurred four times The original-equipment radio periodically loses its memory of the stations and three equalizer settings that I program into it The...

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How many keychain charms are too many?

09.01.1990

My husband and I are having an argument that I hope you can settle My key chain has a lot of items hanging on it very few of which are keys I have charms key chains with funny sayings polished...

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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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What to do about a humming fuel pump...

09.01.1990

I have a Volvo DL with a humming fuel pump From inside it sounds like a hum from outside it sounds like a buzz The hum buzz gets louder when the gas tank gets below full My husband called our...

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Viable road-trip vehicle suggestions

09.01.1990

My family of four is planning to tour the western part of the United States for several weeks next summer We plan to stay in motels so we don't need a vehicle we can sleep in But we'll be spending...

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Recharging a dead battery...

08.01.1990

I've received so many different answers to this question that I decided to ask the experts When a car battery dies due to cold weather or leaving the lights on how many miles should the car be driven and at...

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