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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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A misfiring engine on a Ford Pinto.

11.01.1993

I own a Ford Pinto Oh boy that has a peculiar problem I will be cruising down the highway when all of a sudden the engine will start to miss The miss gets more and more severe until I have...

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Idling is necessary to preserve a turbo-charger.

11.01.1993

I have a Volvo sedan It's equipped with a turbo charger to boost the power of the four cylinder engine The owner's manual says that the engine should be allowed to idle at least two minutes before shut-off The problems...

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Is it safe to leave a manual transmission in neutral at a stop light?

11.01.1993

I recently got your pamphlet and read about how to make your clutch last longer One of the things you said is to put the car in Neutral and let the clutch out while sitting at a stop light I...

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New ring job or new engine?

11.01.1993

I have a Pontiac Sunbird with a liter engine For about two years now I have had an oil leak I cannot seem to locate When I do a lot of driving I may use a quart a day If...

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Who to call for safety recall information.

11.01.1993

Is there an number one could call to find out about auto recalls I have a Dodge Dynasty which leaks oil quite badly George TOM You bet there is George It's called The Auto Safety Hotline and it's operated by...

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