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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This week--How to determine if your heat gauge's busted.

08.01.1989

I have a Ford F Pick-Up with a V- and super cooling I've put in a new radiator hoses thermostat sending unit dash gauge fan clutch and water pump and still the heat gauge reads to hot in stop-and-go traffic...

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What do oil ratings stand for?

08.01.1989

I recently bought a used Corvette and I have a question about oil I looked at oil in the supermarket the other day and found that Pennzoil comes as W- with SG SF CC and CD ratings What do they...

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A full-size car for a full-size Cello.

08.01.1989

I have a Subaru wagon I'm going to need a bigger car in about a year when my son Joey switches to a bigger cello I don't like the way my friend's Volvo handles here in the mountains--my Subaru has...

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Should you only use high octane gas in your sports car?

08.01.1989

I am considering buying a Lotus Super Seven I understand this is a high performance car that requires octane gas Unfortunately I live in a very high elevation where the highest octane gas available is I would greatly appreciate your...

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What kind of male chauvinist porcine are you, Stan?

08.01.1989

I'm looking for a new car for my wife She drives a Toyota Celica The requirements are sporty looking need to seat family of four stick shift AC AM-FM stereo front wheel drive good performance and reliable As for price...

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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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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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