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Should Chrysler repair an engine that fails after only 22k miles?

02.01.1995

Have you ever heard of a car that had an engine breakdown after having been driven only miles and cost to repair Even if it was seven years old I have such a car a Dodge This car has had...

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Is it OK to skip the granny gear when starting a car and go straight into second gear?

02.01.1995

I need you two to settle a dispute between my brother and me He and his wife have five-speed manual transmissions in each of their cars She has a Beretta GT and he has a Chevy S- Both were bought...

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Why is my hydrometer telling me that my fully charged batteries are only partially charged?

02.01.1995

I have always checked the condition of my battery by checking the specific gravity with a hydrometer I recently purchased an Exide battery The specific gravity of the battery stays about whether the battery is fully charged or completely discharged...

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Once and for all: The right way to wash a car.

02.01.1995

We read your column every week and thought you could help answer a question and save a marriage Is there a right was to wash a car If so why My husband says to wash a car you start on...

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