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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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Could removing the "gappers" from your spark plugs increase power and gas mileage?

09.01.1995

I drive an old about years Chevy which gets terrible gas mileage Someone at work mentioned once that he had as an experiment removed the gappers from his spark plugs and that by doing so he had increased both the...

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When should I be engaging the 4WD on my Ford Explorer?

09.01.1995

With winter driving conditions upon us I need to have a difference of opinion settled I have a four wheel drive Ford Explorer The four wheel drive should be a plus in hazardous driving conditions such as ice However whenever...

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What's the shelf life for an unopened can of motor oil?

09.01.1995

Can you tell me anything about the shelf life of unused motor oil By circumstance I have inherited unopened quarts and I can't help but wonder if the additives contained therein may have broken down over time in the can...

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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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