A brief history lesson, followed by a foray into the future.

05.01.1990

I've noticed the new ads for certain American cars are using words like longer than last year heavier rear-wheel drive and horror of horrors powerful V- engine I thought the Japanese had taught us a lesson in the Seventies that...

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GMPSS: an American car ailment?

05.01.1990

I have a Oldsmobile When I back out of my garage I have to turn right and then left to avoid hitting the house Since Christmas these turns have been hard to do Also when I leave the car parked...

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Should I change my tranmission fluid?

05.01.1990

Each time I get my oil changed the mechanic suggests I change the transmission fluid too He says it should be done every miles at a cost of dollars Do you agree with his advice and is the price reasonable...

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Great mileage and a comfy interior?

05.01.1990

A few years ago we purchased a Dodge Colt Vista We like the three rows of seats the four doors the hatch and the great gas mileage We'd like to get another car just like this one EXCEPT we'd like...

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Expediated automobile aging.

05.01.1990

this week our sources tell us that Ford has made a breakthrough in the study of automobile aging It seems that they've constructed a special test chamber at their research center in Essex England that can subject a car to...

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Is repair coverage from a life insurance company viable?

05.01.1990

My Cadillac has miles and my warranty just expired last month I have a brochure from a life insurance company that will give me full repair coverage for two years at a cost of dollars I have neither the intention...

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Can I install after-market air bags?

05.01.1990

I have a Mercedes Diesel with over miles on it It's a great car and I'd like to keep it The only problem is it doesn't have air bags I am completely convinced that air bags increase safety Mercedes tells...

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Our poster child for the Boosters of Fourth Gear

05.01.1990

Since I'm so close to losing my mind over this I really hope you can help me fix my beloved truck I have a Nissan X six-cylinder truck that has not given me an ounce of trouble in all of...

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The Click and Clack award for Priorities in Engineering

05.01.1990

of giving credit where credit is due the Click and Clack award for Priorities in Engineering this week goes to our good friends at General Motors TOM Japan may make cars that don't fall apart They may make engines that...

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When to use the different automatic transmission positions...

04.01.1990

I would appreciate your discussing the different positions in automatic transmissions Overdrive Drive Second and First When and at what speed is each position most appropriately used Is it bad for the car to use Overdrive most of the time...

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When the rains come, bust out the hairdryer!

04.01.1990

My daughter owns a VW bug that she parks on the street When it rains hard the car won't start To get it started she has to take off the distributor cap and dry it with a hair dryer Is...

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One person's antique is another person's junk.

04.01.1990

I have a Cadillac and am wondering if this is a classic or antique vehicle yet It needs both body and mechanical work and the Cadillac dealerships have all told me that won't work on such an old car Should...

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Caution: Carbon monoxide may cause typos.

04.01.1990

A couple of days ago while walking to my Camry I noticed that the tail pipe was closed Upon inspection I found that it was full of dirt for some six inches I don't know how long it had been...

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An American replacement for my foreign car...

04.01.1990

I drive a Acura Legend Coupe and will soon be looking for a replacement The Legend has been trouble free and drives beautifully Can you recommend an American car that would be similar Norm RAY No we can't Get another...

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Must I replace my oxygen sensor?

04.01.1990

I drive a late model car At miles the oxygen sensor light came on I have gotten conflicting opinions about the importance of replacing the oxygen sensor when this dashboard light comes on One mechanic told me it's necessary for...

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