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New hoses recommended after a "free" tune-up: scam or necessity?

12.01.1992

I'm an old senior citizen driving an old Cadillac with miles on it all down hill It has the original coolant and original hoses Should I change the coolant and hoses when the old boat is running like a top...

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Could Roxanne's air conditioner be making her ill?

12.01.1992

This is a crazy question but you're used to it so here goes I drive an ' Mercury Sable which both my husband and I are very pleased with Of all the cars I've ever had it's my favorite However...

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Three valve cover gaskets in three years. What's going on?

12.01.1992

I have replaced three valve cover gaskets on my Plymouth Caravelle in the last three years After miles or so oil starts to leak onto the motor and onto the ground Is there a fire hazard I should be worrying...

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One of the kinder examples of fan mail we receive at Car Talk Plaza.

12.01.1992

I m a year old widow and before I die I ve got to tell you how much pleasure your column has brought to me After reading all the bad and sad news I know I can always get a...

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