"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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When your car is like a fine wine...

11.01.1989

My Rotary Engine Mazda RX has over miles and has never had a problem In fact the older it gets the better it seems to run and the less oil it consumes At some point I assume the engine will...

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Antenna woes...

11.01.1989

We have a lovely old ' Cadillac that suits our needs and comfort just fine We have one problem The car's antenna is in the windshield Since we got a new windshield years ago the radio reception has diminished so...

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Why does my AC stink up my car?

11.01.1989

When I turn on the air conditioner in my Ford Thunderbird I get a musty mildew odor It goes away in about or minutes What's my problem Rufus RAY You have mold building up in your air conditioning system One...

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How often should I re-line my brakes?

11.01.1989

I am perplexed by my Acura Integra I had the front brakes re-lined at miles and the rear brakes done at miles Each time it cost me It is my contention that brakes pads should not have to be replaced...

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My car hums and groins when I accelerate...

11.01.1989

We recently purchased a Chevrolet Celebrity with a V- engine The engine is quiet at idle but when we accelerate we hear a humming or light groaning The Chevy service manager's advice is don't concentrate on the noise He says...

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There's ringing in my ears...

10.01.1989

I have an ' Ford Ranger with a liter four-cylinder engine air conditioning and power steering Since the truck was fairly new it has made a ringing noise It sounds a bit like a circular saw It seems to come...

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Do you know where your CV joints are?

10.01.1989

I have a Ford Escort with miles on it I was recently told that I need new CV joints Can you explain what happens when CV joints go bad Paul RAY CV joints are intricate ball and socket joints used...

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My car needs a good lick of paint...

10.01.1989

I have a Ford Thunderbird that I would like to have repainted What kind of paint jobs are available and what does one look for in a shop that paints automobiles George RAY Finding a good paint shop is akin...

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How do I stop up the holes in my car?

10.01.1989

I own a Chevy Chevette with no floor I'm a single nurse trying to make ends meet--in this case I'd like to make the sides of my car meet I put down a couple of pieces of sheet metal but...

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Is my car overheating?

10.01.1989

I own a Ford LTD that I would like to keep as long as I can It has one big fault I dread driving this car in very hot weather because after several stops the temperature light will be on...

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My Saab's a real whiner!

10.01.1989

My Saab has developed a peculiar noise after miles At speeds above mph there is a whine that sounds just like tires on an old steel grate As the speed of the car increases the pitch but not the volume...

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