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Does downshifting use more gas, or less?

12.01.1993

Our names are Pete and Charley and we've had an ongoing discussion for years about a certain subject Your answer to this question will result in one of us getting a free breakfast We've both agreed that your answer to...

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Cleaning a convertible's white top.

12.01.1993

Do you have any secret formula for getting a convertible top white Right now it is just dingy white Barbara TOM Well whenever I need to whiten-up the top on my ' Dodge Dart I just park it under the...

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Fixing a falling head/roof liner.

12.01.1993

How do I deal with a falling head liner in a Chrysler other than wear a ten gallon hat to keep it out of my eyes when I'm driving I've asked around at various parts stores and all they have...

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How did a plug get into my tire if I'm the only one who ever drove it?

12.01.1993

In I bought a new Mazda I am the only driver and have always had to put air in the left front tire because it seemed to need it more than the others I took the car to Sears to...

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