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Why do you recommend putting a manual transmission into neutral at a stoplight?

10.01.1995

In your pamphlet Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car you guys mention in number that if you are driving a manual transmission you should put the car in Neutral and take your foot off the clutch when you're...

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Does moving my electric seat with the engine turned off drain my car's battery?

10.01.1995

Before I start my car I move the electric seat forward so I can reach the gas pedal My boyfriend screams at me constantly and informs me that I am killing the battery this way Please am I doing something...

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If I burn through all the oil in my VW Bug, do I need to bother changing it?

10.01.1995

I am the proud owner of a ' VW Bug It is a great little car but leaks about a quart of oil every miles Since it only holds three quarts and since I have put in three quarts by...

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What could be causing a water gurgling sound when I brake?

10.01.1995

I have a ' Ford Tempo with a little over miles My problem is that when I apply the brakes and come to a stop I get a gurgling sound like water splashing around in the front of the car...

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Get that front-end shimmy looked at by a mechanic...pronto.

09.01.1995

I have a ' Capri At about mph on a left turn the front end shimmies It doesn't shimmy at any other time It seems that the right front dips down when it happens and the right front shock seems...

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Debbie confirms what Tom & Ray have always suspected: car alarms are useless.

09.01.1995

I cry as I write My baby my Mazda Miata miles was stolen ten days ago I had an alarm At AM a neighbor heard an alarm go off then it was disarmed Then five to ten minutes later it...

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Dr. Ruth weighs in on how to keep your husband from being too obsessed with his "hard body".

09.01.1995

My husband has a Nissan Hard body truck I don't know what a hard body is but he likes talking about it The truck has been great with only one problem--the red paint oxidizes terribly Therefore my husband spends hours...

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My Volvo starts to smell after ten minutes of driving. Help!

09.01.1995

I have an Volvo DL and every time I drive it for more than minutes I get this acrid smell that makes me think the insulation is being burned off a wire What would be your guess as to the...

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A reader suggests a way to escape a vehicle if its electric windows fail in an emergency.

09.01.1995

Some time ago you guys published a letter about a little old lady who was fearful that her car's electric windows wouldn't work if the car plunged into a river In your inimitable way you made her look like an...

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Could a cigarette lighter be used to plug in small appliances?

09.01.1995

I have a Ford LTD I would at times like to use items like a vacuum cleaner small refrigerator emergency lights etc I would like to know if using the cigarette lighter to plug these things in would harm my...

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