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Why are windows wired so they only operate when the ignition is on?

12.01.1989

Why in the world do car makers connect power window circuits so that the ignition switch must be turned on in order to operate the windows It's a pain You get out of the car and realize you left a...

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Name some great American cars!

12.01.1989

My husband thinks the best car in terms of reliability cost and fuel efficiency is the Acura Legend His next favorite car is the Honda Accord Please give us the names of any American automobiles that are as reliable and...

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How to sell an ancient jalopy...

12.01.1989

I have a Chevy ton truck It was used during World War II as a gasoline truck at a local air force base It was used after the war at a local airport until about years ago and it's been...

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How to predict a battery's lifespan?

12.01.1989

Is there any method to determine when an automobile battery is getting toward the end of its life expectancy Our last battery was working perfectly until it went dead completely without warning Fortunately it happened in our garage but if...

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    A regular contributor to the New York Times, Jim's focus is the green car revolution, though he loves offbeat auto stories, too!
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    Jamie is New York Bureau Chief for Automobile Magazine, auto editor for GQ. He's won a National Magazine Award for commentary.
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    Prolific writer, Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! panelist, and former All Things Considered Alaska commentator, Tom Bodett's focus is anything that runs on gas or diesel, and a lot of times stuff that doesn't, too.
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    Kieran Lindsey is Car Talk’s staff Automotive-Wildlife Guru. She is also the editor of the Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation, co-author of Urban Wildlife Management, and has been licensed to drive a car for over 30 years.
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    The latest findings, news and analysis from two of the country's leading researchers on distracted driving.
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    Jim writes about what he likes - cars with character, characters with cars, and great drives in beautiful places.
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