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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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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Does "unintended acceleration" really exist?

08.01.1989

My brother-in-law who never makes mistakes drove his Nissan Maxima off the end of his driveway and into the woods He attributed this to unintended acceleration and maintained that his foot was on the brake the entire time My personal...

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How do calm a shakey tire?

08.01.1989

I have just purchased a Volvo DL with miles on it I have several questions First when the car goes over a bump especially when going around a corner somewhat fast the front tire that hit the bump will vibrate...

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A smaller car for empty-nesters...

08.01.1989

My husband and I own a Dodge Ram Van--the eight seater We bought it to pull our foot boat and trailer and carry our five kids around What has happened is that the kids have grown up and gone away...

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A smaller car for empty-nesters...

08.01.1989

My husband and I own a Dodge Ram Van--the eight seater We bought it to pull our foot boat and trailer and carry our five kids around What has happened is that the kids have grown up and gone away...

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What do you do when your car only takes leaded gasoline?

08.01.1989

I have a Mercedes It uses regular leaded gasoline which is getting harder to find at most service stations When I have to use unleaded gasoline should I add one of the lead additives that are available in auto parts...

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Is Brian's carburetor float a sinker of a floater?

08.01.1989

I have a MGA with twin SU carbs The engine is kept in perfect tune or as perfect as a British engine can get yet I've had one problem for a year and a half If the car is allowed...

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How do you know if your mechanic is honest?

08.01.1989

Is there anyway to learn without spending a lot of money whether your mechanic is competent and honest Karl RAY Well you can test for dishonesty without spending any money For instance if your mechanic's valet answers the phone and...

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