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What's the cure for a wild speedometer?

12.01.1988

with the speedometer on my Buick Roadmaster When cruising the needle on the speedometer continues to swing wildly back and forth What causes this problem and what is the cure for it Don RAY The speedometer gauge is attached to...

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Can a beer can be used to plug holes in an exhaust pipe?

12.01.1988

My mechanic told me that the exhaust pipe on my Datsun pick-up has holes in it He says he fixed it by welding a beer can around it He says this will take care of it Is he right Marcy...

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How do you maintain your diesel?

12.01.1988

I just purchased a Volvo GL Diesel with miles on it As this is the first diesel I have ever owned what should I expect as far as any potential problems Also are there any tips you can pass along...

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What's your idea of a spiffy, all-American car?

12.01.1988

My wonderful Ford LTD will soon hit the mile mark and I'm ready for a new car Fortunately I can afford to pay for a good well designed car I feel some weird patriotic inclination to buy an American car...

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