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My dealer says that a Geo Prizm is the EXACT same car as a Toyota Corolla. True or false?

03.01.1995

I have been looking for a new car I presently drive an ' Toyota Corolla which has over miles on it so I'm afraid it might be ready to give out The Chevrolet salesman told me that their Geo Prizm...

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Is a "service engine" light the same as a "check engine" light?

03.01.1995

I own a Saturn SL with miles on it It's a wonderful car that has very few problems but I do have one concern Periodically my Service Engine Soon light comes on stays a while and blinks off My oil...

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What purpose do parking lights serve?

03.01.1995

My sister and I are wondering about parking lights on automobiles why do cars have them The only time we ever see a car with parking lights on is during the twilight hours of the morning or early evening and...

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Where can I find parts for the Dodge Dart I'm attempting to restore?

03.01.1995

I'm in the process of restoring a Dodge Dart and my only problem so far is trying to find weather stripping for the trunk and the doors I called all the Dodge dealers in my area and every one of...

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Is it safe to put transmission fluid into the power steering reservoir?

03.01.1995

My neighbor Mike and I are backyard mechanics Mike has forgotten more about automobiles than I will ever know Mike says that you can use automatic transmission fluid ATF in your power steering system I say that only applies to...

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My dad taught me to put my transmission in neutral while at a stoplight. Is he right?

03.01.1995

When I was a youngster and would ride along with my father I noticed that he would always put his car in Neutral when stopped at a traffic light Of course I'm referring to an automatic transmission Once I started...

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What on earth is a "harmonic balancer"? Is this like getting your car's chakras aligned?

03.01.1995

Recently I had my Plymouth Sundance at the dealer's to have the water pump replaced While picking up my car I met a customer who was having his car's Harmonic Balancer replaced Harmonic Balancer It sounds like something from Zen...

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This car salesman takes issue with our depiction of dealership sales tactics.

03.01.1995

I regularly read your column and in most cases enjoy what you have to say However I and many members of our sales department take issue with your depiction of car salespeople as rats The analogy was humorous at first...

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Could speeding in a four-speed car do damage to my little four-cylinder engine?

03.01.1995

I have a hypothetical question for you guys Suppose a person had a Dodge Colt with four cylinders a four speed standard transmission and she gave it regular oil changes Now suppose the hypothetical owner drives just a little fast...

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Where could this knocking sound come from on a car with a brand new axle?

03.01.1995

I would guess that untyped letters are put on the bottom of the stack How about good large writing So far so good Still with me I have two Hondas One is a hatchback and one is a four door...

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