Should I let my car idle before I drive it?

04.01.1990

I start my car and immediately drive away at moderate speeds My neighbor to the left starts his car and lets it idle for five minutes before taking off My neighbor across the street takes her car out of the...

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A band-aid won't heal this problem...

04.01.1990

My problem concerns one of my dash lights When I'm traveling at night the red charge light floats in and out very lightly It gets stronger if I use the heater the defroster the radio or the bright lights I've...

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When a colony of ants moves in...

04.01.1990

I am writing for my daughter because she doesn't feel that her problem concerns the area of your expertise However nothing ventured nothing gained She bought a new Ford Thunderbird LX in February with which she is more than satisfied...

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What does it mean to "throw a rod"?

04.01.1990

A friend of mine told me that he had ruined his car engine while driving very fast on a country road He claims he blew a rod and the motor was worthless after that In more technical terms could you...

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Unidentified rattling object...

04.01.1990

I have a Buick LeSabre with a little less than miles on it A white object has partially covered the odometer and I cannot read the mileage I have checked with our mechanic He has no explanation for it and...

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'Fowl Liver', and other car models.

04.01.1990

How about a column on all these letters on the back of cars I've seen LX LXS LE LES DX LXI DL GL VL LS GT GTS GTI SE SX XLT GSE SLE RS CRX EX just to name a...

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Paying a hefty price to be lazy...

04.01.1990

I recently took my Ford Van back to a dealership for a minor tune-up I was presented with a bill of for labor and for eight spark plugs Two blocks away from the dealership an auto parts store sells identical...

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This week, what makes that body rattle?

04.01.1990

I have a Mitsubishi Galant which has developed a chatter when I accelerate back up stop at a stop light or even just rev the engine to - rpm The transmission was replaced less than a year ago and the...

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Why won't my windows defrost in the cold?

04.01.1990

I have Toyota Cressida It's a fine car except that when it gets cold and rains or snows the inside of the my windows fog or ice up What's wrong Wilson RAY Well my first guess is that you forgot...

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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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What do you think about Pontiac Firebirds?

03.01.1990

I would like to know if you have heard about any problems concerning and Pontiac Firebirds Kevin RAY No Other than the fact that they can't be driven in snow and you can't see out of them we haven't heard...

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What causes condesnsation on the dipstick?

03.01.1990

I have a Mercury Marquis with a V- engine When I pull out the dipstick to check the oil level I sometimes see beads of moisture on the stick What causes this Bill RAY This is caused by condensation inside...

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A new car for Granny...

03.01.1990

I am one of those little old ladies in tennis shoes that needs a new car I'm replacing my ' Cutlass Supreme which has a cubic inch V- It has terrific pick-up When they talk about liters in the new...

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Tempermental convertible top...

03.01.1990

I have a question regarding the only decent thing I got from my divorce--a Delta Convertible that runs great But sometimes the electric top doesn't work at all Keeping in mind that the top is in bad shape and I'm...

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