Why was the idea of front wheel drive shelved from the 1920s to the 1970s?

09.01.1989

I ran across an interesting bit of history recently It seems that Cord made a front wheel drive car in I also found out that Mr Cord put himself in dire straits with the Securities and Exchange Commission by valuing...

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What's the purpose of the bronze coil in the Volvo fuel injection system?

09.01.1989

I've had a couple of Volvos that have taken me well over miles each One was a my current one is an ' Here's the question Both cars have in a hose that snakes around the fuel injection system a...

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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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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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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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