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I was taught to downshift a manual transmission while slowing down. What do you recommend these days?

01.01.1997

My husband recently bought me a Saturn SC with a five-speed manual transmission Because I haven't driven a stick shift car in years I asked my daughter -- who also drives a Saturn stick shift -- for some advice Years...

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Is Mom hurting anything by leaving her T-bird in "overdrive" if she never drives faster than 45 mph?

01.01.1997

My mother age bought a T-Bird with automatic Overdrive and the O D is the default when the car is started Since she only drives around town and is afraid of the highways the car rarely gets above mph The...

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What does an oxygen sensor do and I how can I keep it from causing a smog test failure again?

01.01.1997

Please tell me what an oxygen sensor is I failed my smog test last month apparently because of a faulty oxygen sensor They termed me a gross polluter Can you imagine My car is LeBaron with only miles on it...

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You need a new mechanic to fix your carburetor problem -- one with some gray hair.

01.01.1997

Guys can you help a damsel in distress I've had this Chevrolet Caprice Classic running just fine for miles with only minor repairs I have a great mechanic who's scratching his head about the problem my car now has I...

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