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On cold days when an engine is first started the...

01.01.1994

On cold days when an engine is first started the exhaust is visible as a white smoke Then when the engine warms up the exhaust becomes colorless Why is this John TOM Great question John My brother happens to be...

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My Infiniti G recently would not start and was towed...

01.01.1994

My Infiniti G recently would not start and was towed to my Infiniti dealer When I went to pick it up I was told that I was miles overdue on my oil change the dealer recommends changes every miles They...

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I never miss your column I have a problem with...

01.01.1994

I never miss your column I have a problem with my ' Eldorado Cadillac It starts up on the coldest days but when I take it for a drive and then turn off the motor to go shopping it won't...

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Does downshifting use more gas, or less?

12.01.1993

Our names are Pete and Charley and we've had an ongoing discussion for years about a certain subject Your answer to this question will result in one of us getting a free breakfast We've both agreed that your answer to...

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Cleaning a convertible's white top.

12.01.1993

Do you have any secret formula for getting a convertible top white Right now it is just dingy white Barbara TOM Well whenever I need to whiten-up the top on my ' Dodge Dart I just park it under the...

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Fixing a falling head/roof liner.

12.01.1993

How do I deal with a falling head liner in a Chrysler other than wear a ten gallon hat to keep it out of my eyes when I'm driving I've asked around at various parts stores and all they have...

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How did a plug get into my tire if I'm the only one who ever drove it?

12.01.1993

In I bought a new Mazda I am the only driver and have always had to put air in the left front tire because it seemed to need it more than the others I took the car to Sears to...

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Towing a car while its manual gearshift is locked in reverse? We can all agree that's a horrible idea, right?

12.01.1993

You guys are pretty good at trouble shooting auto problems but I want to find out just how good you really are Would it harm a car engine to tow the car forward while the manual transmission was in reverse...

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Do I have to have all services performed at the dealer to keep my warranty valid?

12.01.1993

I don't have a problem with my new Buick but I need some information To have the warranty honored is it necessary to go to the GM dealer for maintenance and regular oil changes I'm not completely satisfied with my...

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Will my car last until it's paid off at 30k miles per year?

12.01.1993

I commute miles a week sometimes to and from graduate school I'm a doctoral student in political science The trip is straight flat and boring My ' Geo Metro convertible has miles on it after two and a half years...

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