What to do when a carburetor cleaning doesn't help...

08.01.1989

I bought a used Nissan Stanza with miles which has two problems First when travelling on a highway with even a small grade the car tends to lose power I must downshift to as low as second gear and eventually...

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How do you silence noisy brakes?

08.01.1989

Is there anything that can be done to eliminate very noisy brakes on a AMC Renault John TOM The noisy brakes on AMC cars are a safety feature These cars are otherwise so quiet luxurious and comfortable that people tend...

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How long should you let your turbo engine idle before turning it off?

08.01.1989

We have a Peugeot Turbo Wagon We love the comfortable ride and the nice features However after only miles the turbo burned out Thankfully it was under warranty but the dealer tried to blame us by saying that we didn't...

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What to do about leaky power brake boosters...

08.01.1989

I have a practically new fuel injected Volvo with miles on it When I step on the brake while idling the rpms drop almost to the point of killing the engine The brake fluid level has been fine The mechanics...

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Finding the source of an elusive clutch fluid leak...

06.01.1989

MY DAUGHTER'S S BLAZER HAS A STANDARD TRANSMISSION IT STARTED LOSING CLUTCH FLUID REGULARLY ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO NO ONE HAS FOUND ANY EVIDENCE OF A LEAK SHE THINKS I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT CARS IF YOU COULD...

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The ol' Linebacker tackle experiment

01.01.1989

I drive a Dodge Shadow with a liter turbocharged engine and standard transmission I would like to know the best way to drive the car to maintain the engine Is using the turbo charger bad for the engine Richard RAY...

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Can I blame my tardiness on my car?

01.01.1989

If you have a clock in your car and synchronize it with your wristwatch after a few weeks use of the car won't the car clock be slow compared to the wristwatch As I understand it whenever you start your...

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Brand New Car Talk-Issued Car Ads

01.01.1989

a lot of silly car advertisements lately and we've decided that the slogans are not what they should be RAY Right to help our friends in the auto industry we've decided to come up with some new ones For instance...

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What suggestions do you have for preventative replacement?

01.01.1989

My wife and I own two Toyota Camrys What suggestions do you have for preventative replacement For instance at miles the timing belt on my gave way stranding me--fortunately near a good restaurant I then found that this was common...

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Fact: A swift kick can get you a bill at the mechanics.

01.01.1989

I had a good laugh when you said on your radio show that it is customary in France to kick Volvos before entering I have a ' Volvo which I have to kick to open the driver's door I was...

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If it sounds like a double breasted zoot, call your tailor.

01.01.1989

I have an ' Ford F- Wheel Drive Pick-up The rear chirps when the Clutch engages The sound seems to be coming from around the rear universal joint Also the truck shakes at - MPH then settles down What's wrong...

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this week: the factory-installed poltergeist package

01.01.1989

I have a Datsun pickup truck I was driving too fast on a dirt road and hit a pot hole hard enough to bounce the truck Seconds after landing the accelerator pedal became stuck causing momentary panic until I realized...

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Cheapskate brother vs. smart brother

01.01.1989

I have a Oldsmobile Delta with an erratic fuel gauge The local Lincoln-Mercury dealer where I bought the car used has replace both the sending unit and the dash gauge to no avail I have also added a ground wire...

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Preventative Peugot maintenance: C'est la vie!

01.01.1989

We just bought an ' Peugeot SW Wagon The dealership we bought it from is small family owned and responsive We got a good deal we think and we love our new wagon It's safe we think has a third...

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When is it a good idea to swap cars with your mechanic?

01.01.1989

I own a Volkswagen Quantum It now has miles on it and has been a very reliable car Since it was a year or two old the car has had difficulty starting whenever the outside temperature is less than degrees...

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