What's to blame for my car's humming front end?

07.01.1990

I HAVE A PLYMOUTH RELIANT WITH MILES ON IT MY PROBLEM IS THAT I HAVE A HUMMING NOISE IN THE FRONT WHEN I DRIVE ONE MECHANIC SAYS IT'S TIRE NOISE THE OTHER MECHANIC SAYS IT'S THE WHEEL BEARING WHAT SHOULD...

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"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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What do the letters on the back of cars really mean?

07.01.1990

we asked for your help in understanding the letters that we see on the back of cars It seems that manufacturers can put on any letters they want RAY Right there are DLs GLs GSs GTs And what about the...

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Before I hit the road...

07.01.1990

I am planning to tour the western half of the United States this summer in my Honda Accord with miles on it I'm a year old woman and I'll have only my dog along for company I love my dog...

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Jumping a car from the cigarette lighter...

07.01.1990

My question is about the new type of jumper cables that you plug into the cigarette lighter Are they completely safe and worthwhile If they are this scardey cat would be a lot less reluctant to jump start her car...

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A rare bird asks how to properly care for a leased car...

07.01.1990

Last June I leased a new Ford Thunderbird The owners manual says the oil should be changed at and miles Why do so many service shops tell me I should the oil every miles or three months whichever comes first...

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Time to cut bait with my '83 Sentra...

07.01.1990

It's time to fish or cut bait with my Nissan Sentra it needs a new engine The question is do I fix it or do I dump it Bob RAY Fix it TOM Dump it RAY Wait a minute did...

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What to do about my lousy oil filters...

07.01.1990

I have a four-cylinder Toyota pick up truck It has miles on it and I change the oil every miles The last two times I changed the oil I noticed that there was very little oil in the filter there...

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Intalling a grease pit...

07.01.1990

I'm building a new building and would like to install a grease pit for servicing and repairing my car and pick-up Where can I find information on the proper size depth etc Elmer TOM Well we have some obvious tips...

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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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