How do I remove cement from my hood?

12.01.1989

My husband drove our Cadillac somewhere where they were doing construction work and got the hood of the car splashed with what we think is cement It has now dried and we have used everything but paint remover to clean...

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Call Conan the Electrocutor...

12.01.1989

How long does a month battery really last Jean TOM That's one of the great unanswered questions of our time Jean It's up there with what is the meaning of life and how many Corinthians were sacrificed for each crushed-Corinthian...

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My does my VW Super Beetle die in the rain?

12.01.1989

I love my VW Super Beetle and have had no problems with it except this one After years maybe you can tell my why it always stalls out in damp rainy weather I brought it back to the dealer several...

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Why are windows wired so they only operate when the ignition is on?

12.01.1989

Why in the world do car makers connect power window circuits so that the ignition switch must be turned on in order to operate the windows It's a pain You get out of the car and realize you left a...

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What is a "half shaft"?

12.01.1989

What is a half shaft in a Ford Tempo and what makes it give out Barbara TOM The half shaft is what you get from the dealer when your car is still under warranty Once the warranty expires Barbara you...

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Name some great American cars!

12.01.1989

My husband thinks the best car in terms of reliability cost and fuel efficiency is the Acura Legend His next favorite car is the Honda Accord Please give us the names of any American automobiles that are as reliable and...

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When your truck rides like a truck...

12.01.1989

We love our ' Chevrolet Astro Van When loaded up for a trip it drives better than most Cadillacs There's only one complaint When driving in town with the van empty it rides like a truck Is there an inexpensive...

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How to sell an ancient jalopy...

12.01.1989

I have a Chevy ton truck It was used during World War II as a gasoline truck at a local air force base It was used after the war at a local airport until about years ago and it's been...

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How to predict a battery's lifespan?

12.01.1989

Is there any method to determine when an automobile battery is getting toward the end of its life expectancy Our last battery was working perfectly until it went dead completely without warning Fortunately it happened in our garage but if...

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Should I replace my timing belt like my mechanic suggests

12.01.1989

I have an Ford Escort It has close to miles and I've been warned that the timing belt should be changed even though there's nothing wrong with it At I want to know what good it does to change it...

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Should I replace my timing belt like my mechanic suggests?

12.01.1989

I have an Ford Escort It has close to miles and I've been warned that the timing belt should be changed even though there's nothing wrong with it At I want to know what good it does to change it...

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"RPMS" v. "RPM"

11.01.1989

Your readers sometimes refer to RPMS You recently used the same incorrect term RPM is the abbreviation for Revolutions Per MINUTE not Revolutions Per MINUTES I am surprised that you permit even encourage this erroneous pluralization to continue John RAY...

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Does a 16-Year-Old Deserve a Nice Car?

11.01.1989

Aaron is buying his first car and he has his eye on a used Mazda Miata. Tom and Ray make a compelling case for something bigger and uglier.

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The age old question: do I fix or dump?

11.01.1989

I recently had a minor accident--in my own driveway--with my Pontiac Gran Prix with miles The insurance company paid me to repair the fender and paint the car The Grand Prix was a lovely blue when I bought it but...

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Does the check engine light actually indicate a problem?

11.01.1989

My question concerns my Chevy Cavalier The check engine light comes on all the time I check the items under the hood that would cause this trouble and find nothing wrong What should I do Art TOM Some historical perspective...

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