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Don't call our Ford Escorts cheap!

07.01.1995

I am a steady reader of your column Recently you called the Ford Escort a cheap small noisy car I resent this Three of us here have Escorts--good gas mileage no problems comfortable We are very happy with our cheap...

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Driving and parking tips for the new owner of a manual transmission.

07.01.1995

I recently purchased a vehicle with a manual transmission I have two questions Is it bad to leave the transmission in gear when parked on a hill without having the parking brake engaged How harmful is it to rest your...

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Could my carburetor be icing up when it's cold out?

07.01.1995

I'm having a problem with my Honda Accord LX with a carburetor When it's very foggy or rainy and cold out I lose rpms in all gears Stopping and waiting a while helps My brother thinks the carburetor is icing...

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How do I know when it's time to replace my shock absorbers?

06.01.1995

Do you have any good ideas on when and if shock absorbers should be replaced Those guys who sell and install them say now Various mechanics I have questioned shrug The ride in my car seems fine What do you...

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