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Which octane is best for our cars: 87, 89, or 93?

07.01.1997

My wife Gert and I read your column every week and enjoy it Please clear something up for us about gasoline octane There is and at our local gas station Which one is best for our cars We have a...

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Is draining oil better than siphoning it out?

07.01.1997

The quick-oil-change dealer in my town has begun to siphon the oil from cars through the dipstick tube He still changes the filter and the new oil looks clean But it seems to me that debris could be left in...

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The owner of a brake shop is hot under the collar after Tom & Ray recommend using factory brake pads on a Nissan.

07.01.1997

I own a Porsche and a subscription to my newspaper It's the newspaper I'm having trouble with Judy wrote to you a while back with squealing brakes on her Nissan ZX She had just had Wagner pads put in and...

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With a new short block, crankcase and sensor, why is my car still overheating?

07.01.1997

I have an ' Olds Cutlass Ciera with miles on it and it has been a great little car To make a long story short I was having a problem with overheating and my GM dealer examined the car and...

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