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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How to predict a battery's lifespan?

12.01.1989

Is there any method to determine when an automobile battery is getting toward the end of its life expectancy Our last battery was working perfectly until it went dead completely without warning Fortunately it happened in our garage but if...

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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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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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