"It's the stingy person who spends the most."

07.01.1990

I have a Subaru It's the bottom of the line model and it has miles on it I'm writing to you because I always try and get a good idea of what's wrong before I waste my time going to...

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A high maintenance battery...

07.01.1990

I HAVE A BUICK WHICH I FONDLY CALL SARAH I HAVE TAKEN GOOD CARE OF IT BUT IF I DON'T START IT UP AND RUN IT EVERY FEW HOURS IT WON'T START IT'S THE SAME IN COLD AND WARM WEATHER...

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A horn that will not blow.

07.01.1990

I found a recent column of yours to be not only very interesting but also amusing It concerned a car owner with a horn that would start blowing in the middle of the night in very cold weather I have...

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Will throwing hot water on an icy winshield break the glass?

07.01.1990

I HAVE A PLYMOUTH VOYAGER TO GET THE ICE REMOVED FROM MY WINDSHIELD ON WINTER MORNINGS I THROW HOT WATER ON IT NOT BOILING JUST HOT AND TURN ON THE WIPERS EVERYONE TELLS ME THAT ONE DAY I'M GOING TO...

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How do American cars rate these days?

07.01.1990

I just traded in my Toyota Tercel for a Jeep Cherokee I have driven three Toyotas in my life and have found them to be very dependable and worth every penny American cars back then seemed so chintzy and problem-prone...

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A couple of chirping pick-ups...

06.01.1990

BOTH MY HUSBAND AND I EACH OWN NISSAN HARDBODY PICK-UP TRUCKS MINE HAS BEEN MAKING A HIGH PITCHED CHIRPING NOISE FOR A WHILE NOW I'VE BEEN TOLD IT COULD BE A NUMBER OF THINGS FROM BRAKES TO BELTS TO BEARINGS...

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My car has whistled since the day I got it...

06.01.1990

I HAVE A HONDA ACCORD WITH ABOUT MILES ON IT MY PROBLEM IS THAT IT WHISTLES IT HAPPENS ONLY WHEN I GO OVER MPH ALTHOUGH ON VERY WINDY DAYS IT WHISTLES AT MPH THE WHISTLE SEEMS TO BE COMING FROM...

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A letter from the Click and Clack Department of Woe and Intrigue:

06.01.1990

FROM THE CLICK AND CLACK DEPARTMENT OF WOE AND INTRIGUE IT'S A STORY THAT PERHAPS ONLY CARL SAGAN OR MY BROTHER CAN EXPLAIN DEAR TOM AND RAY A FRIEND AND I RENTED A BRAND NEW CHRYSLER IMPERIAL WITH ONLY MILES...

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How do I plug my Mustang's chronic leak?

06.01.1990

I HAVE A MUSTANG THAT DRIPS SOME KIND OF THICK GREASY FLUID ONTO MY RIGHT LEG IT SEEMS TO BE COMING FROM THE SPEEDOMETER CABLE IN THE DASH BUT REPLACING THE CABLE DIDN'T HELP HOW CAN I FIX IT NOBODY...

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Servicing my Toyota...

06.01.1990

I OWN A TOYOTA COROLLA LE I'VE READ THE OWNER'S MANUAL MANY TIMES IN THE SCHEDULE OF MAINTENANCE IT APPEARS THAT THERE IS MUCH LESS TO DO ON THIS CAR THAN ON ANY OTHER CAR I'VE OWNED IS THIS POSSIBLE...

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What can I do about my knucklehad neighbor?

06.01.1990

I LIVE IN A PLACE WHERE THE TEMPERATURE OCCASIONALLY DROPS BELOW FREEZING MY PROBLEM IS MY NEIGHBOR OWNER OF A FORD X WITH NON-STANDARD EXHAUST HE HAS TO GO TO WORK AT AM AND HUNTS DUCKS ON THE WEEKENDS IN...

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Relieving myself of my Dodge Colt...

06.01.1990

I HAVE A DODGE COLT I BOUGHT IT ON AN IMPULSE AND I'M JUST NOT HAPPY WITH IT DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW I CAN RELIEVE MYSELF OF IT ADS IN THE NEWSPAPER ARE EXPENSIVE AND HAVEN'T BEEN...

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Waking a car from a 15-year slumber...

06.01.1990

I HAVE A CADILLAC THAT HASN'T BEEN STARTED IN OVER YEARS WHAT SHOULD BE DONE BEFORE AT TEMPTING TO START THE CAR TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO THE ENGINE JACK TOM THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO BEFORE YOU START IT...

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Is it okay for engine oil to smell like gasoline?

06.01.1990

WHILE CHANGING THE OIL IN MY MAZDA RX- THE MECHANIC NOTICED A STRONG GASOLINE ODOR IN THE OIL THE MIXTURE WOULD NOT IGNITE TWO MAZDA SERVICE DEPARTMENTS ASSURED ME OVER THE PHONE THAT THIS WAS COMMON DUE TO THE DESIGN...

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Why won't my air-conditioner work when I'

06.01.1990

HELP I HAVE A PROBLEM THAT OCCURS WHEN I'M ACCELERATING UP A HILL IN MY DODGE ARIES THE COLD AIR FROM THE AIR-CONDITIONER WILL STOP COMING OUT OF THE DASHBOARD VENTS AND START COMING OUT THROUGH THE FLOOR VENTS WHEN...

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