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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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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A crusade to improve battery safety...

03.01.1990

Hardly a month goes by when you don't read about how dangerous car batteries can be We are told over and over again to be very careful jumpstarting them So why don't battery manufacturers take more care in labeling the...

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Do I have to replace the stems with the tires?

03.01.1990

Do you really have to get the stems replaced whenever you buy new tires or is this something the tire stores use to make a little extra money Jeff TOM This question calls for another one of the Click and...

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Is it okay to let a car sit undriven for six months?

03.01.1990

My son's Subaru station wagon will be parked at my house for six months while he is out of the country What do I need to do to ensure it will run when he returns How often should it be...

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How often should I service my car after it reaches 65,000 miles?

03.01.1990

I have a Ford Escort GT with miles Since the owners manual doesn't go above miles on the maintenance chart how do I know what kind of maintenance is required after Michael TOM Watson come quickly I need you I've...

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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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