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Downshifting IS bad for the car.

05.01.1992

My problem To begin with my age is I've had a running friendly argument with my two sons ages and and my ex-wife I was taught way back that when one drives a stick shift one should down shift to...

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Additives...to use or not to use?

05.01.1992

In a column some time ago Robert Sikorsky an automotive writer stated that he likes and recommends the new teflon lubricating oils like Tuff-Oil and Slick Recently Bill Gordon another auto writer addressed the same subject and said he doesn't...

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My bride of 17 years has PMS and handgun.

05.01.1992

My bride of years has PMS and a handgun and she's insisting that you answer this question for us We have a Mercury Sable and a Volvo GLE Both have automatic transmissions Both have a High Drive position and a...

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My car ticks like a clock.

05.01.1992

I have a Ford Tempo I would like to know if I have a problem My car ticks like a clock after I turn it off The dealer said to ignore it but it still bothers me Why is my...

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