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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Is it okay to park a car in first gear?

12.01.1988

I have a Mazda GLC with a -speed manual transmission I was taught to park the car with the shifter in neutral and the parking brake engaged However I notice that whenever I bring my car in for service no...

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What do the terms "1/2 ton, 3/4 ton and one ton" stand for in regards to pick-up trucks?

12.01.1988

Please explain what the terms ton ton and one ton stand for concerning pick-up trucks I've never heard an answer to that question that really makes sense Gary RAY The terms ton and ton refer to the payload of the...

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Should you allow the EPA to use your car for emission testing?

12.01.1988

I own a Mazda RX with miles on it I recently got letters from EG G Automotive Research and the EPA asking me to let EG G use my car for emission testing for two weeks They claim it will...

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What happens when gerbils power your car?

12.01.1988

Brooke's station wagon has a tendency to falter like it's out of gas, even when the tank is full. Letting air some air into the gas tank solves the problem every time. Ray says fuel systems need  ventilation to run properly, but Tom says there are four gerbils powering her engine, and they need enough air to keep running on their little wheels. Which brother will she believe?

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How does a Saab match up to a Volvo?

12.01.1988

I'm replacing my car next year and am considering a Volvo or a Saab S My husband has a Volvo How does the Saab compare to it XYZ TOM I would have to say that the Volvo is slightly uglier...

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Can a beer can be used to plug holes in an exhaust pipe?

12.01.1988

My mechanic told me that the exhaust pipe on my Datsun pick-up has holes in it He says he fixed it by welding a beer can around it He says this will take care of it Is he right Marcy...

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How do you maintain your diesel?

12.01.1988

I just purchased a Volvo GL Diesel with miles on it As this is the first diesel I have ever owned what should I expect as far as any potential problems Also are there any tips you can pass along...

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What's your idea of a spiffy, all-American car?

12.01.1988

My wonderful Ford LTD will soon hit the mile mark and I'm ready for a new car Fortunately I can afford to pay for a good well designed car I feel some weird patriotic inclination to buy an American car...

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Spark plugs? Who needs 'em?

12.01.1988

I have a Toyota and need an impartial opinion about maintenance The manual indicates spark plugs should be changed at miles The question is if the car is performing well does it need new spark plugs Trudy TOM We don't...

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