Why does my beloved car rattle on the highway?

12.01.1989

I write to you concerning our beloved Cumulus a white Buick LaSabre We call it Cumulus because it rides like a cloud It has miles and we are beginning to hear things we don't like When we take longer trips...

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What's does 4 X 4 actually mean?

12.01.1989

I had the impression that X meant wheel drive and speed manual transmission Now I see advertisements for X X etc What do these terms mean Will TOM This is what we'll call automotive poetic license I always thought that...

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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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Trouble with my headbolts...

11.01.1989

We drive cross country frequently and we have a question about our Buick It was trouble free until one week ago when a headbolt broke We had to be towed The Buick people replaced the bolt after drilling out what...

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A Mercury Cougar and the French Riviera...

11.01.1989

I am a single year old female with a better than average income I am in the process of buying a new car and I'm torn between the Mercury Cougar LS and the Buick Riviera What should I opt for...

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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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