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Should 4WD be engaged regularly to keep it in good working order?

12.01.2001

Is it wise to occasionally activate a four-wheel-drive system to keep it in good working order My mechanic advises I do this for a short distance -- John RAY Well as my elderly Jewish grandmother would say It vuldn't hurt...

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Tachometer debate.

12.01.2001

Is the tachometer directly related to your forward speed or does it vary depending on the incline the vehicle is traveling on given that you are in the same gear the whole time We've been debating this question for two...

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Balancing tires requires seeing the wheel weights.

12.01.2001

My fiancee and I don't always see eye to eye especially when it comes to automobiles Most recently our disagreement was on the subject of wheel balancing As we were watching the technician go about his business clamping numerous weights...

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Using a 50 cent piece to hotwire a car?

12.01.2001

In the s and ' s I spent a fair amount of time in Ford V- s with my friend Herb Johnson When one of these Fords wouldn't start because of a low battery combined with a Minnesota winter morning...

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