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10.01.1989

I have a fairly minor cosmetic problem but I would like to solve it My wife's car is a Volvo Turbo station wagon with -wheel disc brakes On the front wheels only a black powdery substance from the brakes discolors...

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On a hot day my car stalls when turning left, why?

10.01.1989

We have a Toyota Corolla with miles The car has been good except for a problem that has cropped up every summer for the last five years When the weather is hot-- to degrees-- and the car has been driven...

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What's that black powder on my tires?

10.01.1989

I have a fairly minor cosmetic problem but I would like to solve it My wife's car is a Volvo Turbo station wagon with -wheel disc brakes On the front wheels only a black powdery substance from the brakes discolors...

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What to do about a constantly draining battery...

10.01.1989

I have a Audi Turbo Diesel with miles which runs very well except for one thing If it is left parked for three or more days the battery runs down and it will not start without a jump I have...

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Why does my car release a big cloud of blue exhaust smoke?

10.01.1989

I have a four-door Subaru GL with a little over miles I get good mileage an average of miles per gallon My problem is that approximately every tenth start there is a big cloud of blue exhaust smoke What causes...

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Do anti-lock brakes take longer to kick in?

10.01.1989

I understand that anti-lock brakes work by pulsing the brakes to keep them from locking My question is are there circumstances under which this could cause the car to take longer to stop For instance let's say you just start...

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Did the mechanics destroy my transmission?

09.01.1989

I originally bought my Toyota Tercel because of its excellent repair record and planned to put a couple of hundred thousand miles on it Now I'm worried The car is four years old has approximately miles on it the oil...

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Will driving a new car fast at the get-go get you better mileage later on?

09.01.1989

Is it true that driving a new car fast from the very beginning instead of slowly as the book tells you to will set the engine in some way so that it gets better mileage later on A Toyota mechanic...

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Why does the coil in Dodge Van die whenever I'm on an Air Force Base?

09.01.1989

I have an esoteric one for you I have a Dodge Van slant speed manual transmission Twice--at and miles the coil died Each time it died within ten minutes of being on the local Air Force Base Could there be...

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Why did my electricity fail after jump starting another car?

09.01.1989

One cold winter night I pulled into a parking lot with my Pontiac LeMans Before I shut down the engine somebody asked for a jump start Me being the nice guy that I am and she being of the opposite...

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Why does my car pop out of gear when driving up steep hills?

09.01.1989

I have a Subaru GL WD Wagon The car runs perfectly and has gone over miles A minor problem occurs when the car is in first gear on a very steep hill headed downhill It will sometimes pop out of...

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Should I give my car to my son?

09.01.1989

Please comment on whether I should buy a preowned Porsche and give my ' Ford Tempo to my son for a graduation present let me mention that we are not that close My other idea is to buy a preowned...

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Can you explain the Mercedes Benz model designation?

09.01.1989

I'm having trouble understanding Mercedes Benz model designation Would you please explain it to me so I can tell what a E is Rob TOM It's actually very simple Rob The first number refers to the engine displacement So a...

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Turbo Surprise

09.01.1989

persistent attempts to keep his bucket of bolts on the road year after year we realize that most sane people buy new cars from time to time So we'd like to periodically give you our impressions of some of the...

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Can I add rust inhibitor to my antifreeze?

09.01.1989

I've heard you guys talk about antifreeze and the need to replace it every year or two because of radiator rusting Antifreeze is getting so expensive that I was wondering if you could just add a small can of rust...

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