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The lube & oil change place put the wrong viscosity oil in. Do I need to change it immediately?

12.01.1999

I reverently brought my Mazda Miata to one of those quick-change lube places Though they changed my oil in a jiffy when I got home I noticed that the little window sticker said w- instead of the usual w- Should...

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Where can I safely run a cable through my car's firewall?

12.01.1999

I need to run a two-wire -volt cable from my battery to the driver's compartment where my amateur radio transceiver is located The local Ford dealer could not recommend a location to put the cable through the fire wall But...

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Can't figure out where all my antifreeze is going.

12.01.1999

My Chevy Lumina APV uses a lot of antifreeze but I don't know where it's going There are no puddles under the car I see no signs of wetness on the bottom of the engine or transmission I am not...

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A reader admonsihes us and is correct: do NOT put your 8 year old in the front seat to alleviate car sickness.

12.01.1999

I write with anguish at the boneheaded advice you gave to the dad whose -year-old daughter gets car sick Sure putting her up front in the passenger seat might help her car sickness but probably by ending her life or...

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