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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What are benefits of fuel injection?

03.01.1990

Is fuel injection better than a carburetor What are the advantages of fuel injection Bill TOM For the first hundred years all cars ran great with carburetors that's all there was But carburetors did not accurately control the amount of...

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One more trip to the mechanic and I will have to re-mortgage my house.

03.01.1990

If you can solve my problem I will be forever grateful I have a Ford Pick Up Truck The directionals heater and back-up lights will not work in very cold weather unless I pound on the steering column Once working...

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What causes wear on the idler arms?

03.01.1990

I keep noticing that my tires are wearing on the outside edge of the tread I felt it was a matter of keeping the front end in alignment However at the Sears Auto Center I am being told that the...

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My warm-blooded car...

03.01.1990

I recently bought a Nissan ZX The used-car dealer told me it had just been tuned up but it runs roughly and makes white smoke first thing in the morning After about or minutes it runs great Is this car...

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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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Your mechanic is raking you over the coals.

03.01.1990

I have a ' station wagon that I use to take senior citizens to doctors' offices and hospitals Many times over the last three months when I turn the ignition it just clicks The mechanic has installed new plugs new...

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Rear tire blowouts v. front tire blowouts...

03.01.1990

Which is more dangerous and harmful to a driver's ability to control his or her vehicle while in motion a front tire blowout or a rear tire blowout Bruce TOM Gee Bruce what an interesting question The conventional wisdom USED...

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The oil and vinegar will be at the bottom.

03.01.1990

On a Crown Victoria which is sitting on a level floor with the proper amount of oil in it what part of the crank shaft is submerged in that oil David TOM None Some of the herbs and croutons may...

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