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Smelling exhaust fumes in your air vents IS cause for concern.

11.01.2001

We have a ' Ford Escort with miles Recently we've noticed the strong smell of exhaust coming in through the air conditioner or heater almost every time we come to a complete stop This only happens when we have the...

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How to fix a faulty gas gauge.

11.01.2001

My grandson just got a Chevy Beretta When the gas tank is empty the gauge still reads a quarter full Otherwise it seems to work accurately What's the problem and how can it be solved -- Jane RAY The problem...

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Fact or fiction: breaking a new engine at slow speeds will lead to long-term sluggish performance.

11.01.2001

My dear departed daddy told me that if you broke in a new car engine at slow speeds it would always be slow and sluggish Is this true What's the real skinny Is there a preferred break-in protocol -- Susan...

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Is there any reason for me to NOT switch to high-profile tires?

11.01.2001

My son who is a certified mechanic and sells lots of tires tells me that if I go to a higher-profile tire on my ' Chevy Cavalier for a softer ride terrible things will happen The computer will sizzle gas...

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