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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this week: the factory-installed poltergeist package

01.01.1989

I have a Datsun pickup truck I was driving too fast on a dirt road and hit a pot hole hard enough to bounce the truck Seconds after landing the accelerator pedal became stuck causing momentary panic until I realized...

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Cheapskate brother vs. smart brother

01.01.1989

I have a Oldsmobile Delta with an erratic fuel gauge The local Lincoln-Mercury dealer where I bought the car used has replace both the sending unit and the dash gauge to no avail I have also added a ground wire...

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Preventative Peugot maintenance: C'est la vie!

01.01.1989

We just bought an ' Peugeot SW Wagon The dealership we bought it from is small family owned and responsive We got a good deal we think and we love our new wagon It's safe we think has a third...

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When is it a good idea to swap cars with your mechanic?

01.01.1989

I own a Volkswagen Quantum It now has miles on it and has been a very reliable car Since it was a year or two old the car has had difficulty starting whenever the outside temperature is less than degrees...

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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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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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Why won't my car start in the rain?

12.01.1988

I drive a Subaru Wagon This car is fabulous except every time it rains and I shut the car off--but continue listening to the radio--within or minutes the car won't start again This only happens when it rains Barbara RAY...

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What's the cure for a wild speedometer?

12.01.1988

with the speedometer on my Buick Roadmaster When cruising the needle on the speedometer continues to swing wildly back and forth What causes this problem and what is the cure for it Don RAY The speedometer gauge is attached to...

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How do you properly dispose of used oil?

12.01.1988

Evan has started changing his own oil and he wants to make sure he's disposing of the used oil correctly. Tom and Ray explain how to dispose of oil safely and legally. As a bonus, they share some of Ray's top-secret hair tips.

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Should you purchase an extended warranty?

12.01.1988

Joe and Harriet traded in their Chevrolet Celebrity for a newer model. They skipped the extended warranty last time, but wonder if Tom and Ray think that's a good idea.

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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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