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My dad taught me to put my transmission in neutral while at a stoplight. Is he right?


When I was a youngster and would ride along with my father I noticed that he would always put his car in Neutral when stopped at a traffic light Of course I'm referring to an automatic transmission Once I started...


This car salesman takes issue with our depiction of dealership sales tactics.


I regularly read your column and in most cases enjoy what you have to say However I and many members of our sales department take issue with your depiction of car salespeople as rats The analogy was humorous at first...


Where could this knocking sound come from on a car with a brand new axle?


I would guess that untyped letters are put on the bottom of the stack How about good large writing So far so good Still with me I have two Hondas One is a hatchback and one is a four door...


If my car is struck by lightening, what are the odds of getting electricuted?


A car driven by someone I know was travelling down the highway and was struck by lightning Fire flamed up the antenna and also burned a hole in one tire The occupant was OK Would we be in any danger...



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