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Frank believes that the heater setting has nothing to do with engine warm up. Is he right?

10.01.1992

After long hours studying the service manuals of several brands of cars I have concluded that you may be wrong about thermostats car warm up and coolant flow A car's thermostat keeps the coolant circulating in the engine until it...

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Is it necessary to re-balance the tires every time they're rotated?

10.01.1992

My dealer says my wheels must be re-balanced each time each time he rotates the tires The tire manufacturer says the wheels should only be balanced when the tires are mounted or remounted My dealer got a little huffy when...

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Is it normal for a car to swing left and forward when stopping suddenly?

10.01.1992

I have a Olds Cutlass Supreme I have had to slam on the brakes several times to avoid unexpected obstacles Each time I make a panic stop the left rear of the car swings out to the left and forward...

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One shouldn't have to be an Olympic weightlifter to brake a small truck.

09.01.1992

Got a problem In I bought a new Dodge Ram their small pick-up made by Mitsubishi I liked it well enough to buy another one in when my company bought the ' It's the same truck except with the sport...

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