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Your alternator might be causing your brake light to flicker.

12.01.1996

Datsun B Two or three months ago I noticed that the dashboard brake light was flickering as if it were a turn indicator while I was stopped at a red light I immediately drove to my trustworthy mechanic They decided...

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Is it true that new federal regulations prohibit asbestos brake pads from being sold?

12.01.1996

My dealer tells me that the reason I have to get brakes on my Nissan Stanza about every six months is because of new federal regulations which prohibit the use of asbestos brakes which used to last longer Is this...

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Is a higher mileage Toyota better than a lower mileage Ford?

12.01.1996

blond female and a devotee of your column Your pamphlet Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car Without Even Knowing It probably saved my last car Now I need you to help save my marriage My husband's car a...

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Why do dealers get to place their names on the backs of the cars they sell?

12.01.1996

dealers get free advertising by placing their dealership name or logo on the rear of cars There is no useful purpose in this -- not for identification not for service not for anything If I sell you a suit to...

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