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What's your take on synthetic "pre-lubricants"?

11.01.1995

I read your great pamphlet Ways you May Be Ruining Your Car Without Knowing It I noticed you didn't say anything about synthetic pre-lubricants like Slick I've seen this stuff advertised They say it's supposed to stay on wearing surfaces...

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Which is more economical: cooling with rolled down windows or AC?

11.01.1995

I have a question about car air conditioners Does it save gas to a just roll the windows down and forget that you have an air conditioner or b keep the windows up which cuts down on air resistance and...

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What's the cause of this trunk's sticky latch?

11.01.1995

I have a Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais with just over miles on it As the weather warms up the remote button for the trunk release inside the car won't work most of the time It will work once in a great...

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Hydraulic pump failure or a collapsed hose?

11.01.1995

I have a foot motor home mounted on a Chevy G- chassis with a V- Both power steering and power brake systems are hydraulic activated from the belt-driven power steering pump Lose the pump you lose them both Recently after...

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I love your column and have a problem I have...

11.01.1995

I love your column and have a problem I have an wagon with wooden spokes and wheels And gol darn it if the fifth spoke on the right rear wheel ain't always breaking Seems every time I go over a...

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When in doubt, try electrical tape.

11.01.1995

On my ' Olds Cutlass Supreme my voltmeter gauge always reads a little shy of volts When I turn on the air conditioning the gauge dips down almost to the red area--about volts Is this something I should be concerned...

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Does shifting an automatic into neutral put unecessary wear on the transmission?

11.01.1995

My father and mother are constantly arguing about whether it is right to put the car in Neutral sometimes My father drives an automatic car and when he goes down a hill or is ready to stop he puts the...

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Click and Clack make a recommendation to a newly widowed car buyer.

11.01.1995

Help I need it Your advice is imperative because of my husband's recent death I plan to downsize Can you help me At present I have a large car too big for me a Lincoln I'm thinking of a car...

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Is it a good idea to downshift an automatic transmission while going downhill?

11.01.1995

I drive a Ford Escort with automatic transmission We live on a mountain Should I shift down to nd gear when going down a steep grade When coming up My husband advises me to do so But if it's a...

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Is it worth turning the engine off between delivery stops or can I just let the engine idle?

11.01.1995

Now for a dumb blonde question I deliver from to meals once or twice a week for my town's Meals on Wheels program Each stop takes from seconds to a minute except for one that requires five minutes for three...

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