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Why does my beloved car rattle on the highway?

12.01.1989

I write to you concerning our beloved Cumulus a white Buick LaSabre We call it Cumulus because it rides like a cloud It has miles and we are beginning to hear things we don't like When we take longer trips...

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What's does 4 X 4 actually mean?

12.01.1989

I had the impression that X meant wheel drive and speed manual transmission Now I see advertisements for X X etc What do these terms mean Will TOM This is what we'll call automotive poetic license I always thought that...

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Labor costs v. doing-it-myself...

12.01.1989

I just a had a speedometer light bulb replaced on my Ford Thunderbird The dashboard had to be removed to do this Two bulbs cost but the labor cost The speedometer is difficult to read without the light Is this...

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What do I do about my outta-control lights?

12.01.1989

We own a Mazda GLC The right emergency flasher only works if we also flip on the right turn signal After a few minutes we can flip off the right turn signal and both flashers stay on Also when the...

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