Labor costs v. doing-it-myself...

12.01.1989

I just a had a speedometer light bulb replaced on my Ford Thunderbird The dashboard had to be removed to do this Two bulbs cost but the labor cost The speedometer is difficult to read without the light Is this...

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What do I do about my outta-control lights?

12.01.1989

We own a Mazda GLC The right emergency flasher only works if we also flip on the right turn signal After a few minutes we can flip off the right turn signal and both flashers stay on Also when the...

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Do I need a new heater fan?

12.01.1989

I have a ' Buick Century My heater fan won't stay on high When I switch to high it either does nothing or runs for a few minutes then kicks off It works fine on low and medium Any suggestions...

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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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New from Tokyo:

11.01.1989

not to recommend any more Japanese cars until they give us back Rockefeller Center we'd still like to tell you about this year's Tokyo Motor Show--the World Series of auto shows In addition to unveiling the production models the Tokyo...

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In our humble opinion...

11.01.1989

chores really start to pile up my brother and I start looking for things to do Luckily we can always use the excuse that we have to test some new cars So while our wives were out raking the leaves...

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The proper jump start procedure...

11.01.1989

A friend needed a jump start the other day He attached the last negative cable to his negative battery terminal I said he should have attached it to a metal surface other than the battery Who was correct John RAY...

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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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