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Is it necessary to change my water pump while changing the timing belt?

10.01.1992

With miles on my Ford Escort the local Ford dealer recommends that I change my timing belt for And while they're in there he says I should have the water pump changed for an additional I like the car very...

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Does that whiny noise mean my engine is dying...or just the turbo charger?

10.01.1992

My engine sounds like a siren when I accelerate It disappears after a short time but happens each time I start and stop I have a Chrysler LeBaron with a turbo engine When I took it to the dealer to...

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Why isn't silicone braking fluid more widely recommended?

10.01.1992

You recently recommended to a reader that she change the brake fluid in her car every miles or about every two years for most drivers I have three older cars in which I have put silicone brake fluid Silicone brake...

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How can I keep from getting frozen out of my car in cold weather?

10.01.1992

I am writing on behalf of the many car owners who reside in cold wet areas of the country and have suffered the problem of car doors freezing shut because of freezing rain or simply rain and dropping temperatures This...

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