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Does turning the steering wheel while parked put extra stress on the steering linkage?

07.01.1993

We have a pressing question which is putting a strain on our marriage My position is that turning the steering wheel with the car stationary puts a stress on the steering linkage which will eventually lead to excessive wear I...

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That liquid spraying from your AC isn't freon, it's oil from the compressor.

07.01.1993

Two summers ago in my VW Jetta I noticed that a brown spray appeared on the underside of the hood above the AC unit Last summer the AC went dead and I had a mechanic look at it He said...

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What's the difference between a Ford Tempo and a Mercury Topaz?

07.01.1993

I am interested in purchasing either a Ford Tempo or a Mercury Topaz The Mercury dealer says they are different which explains why the Mercury costs more Yet physically they look the same Please explain Mandel TOM They're exactly the...

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A car that always runs hot may need to be seen by a radiator specialist.

07.01.1993

My wife owns a Nissan Sentra She is always concerned about the temperature gauge reading close to or at the end of the H range This happens especially while going up hills on hot days The dealership checked it out...

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If you're burning (not leaking) oil, the problem will only get worse.

07.01.1993

My Olds Cutlass uses two quarts of oil for every gas fill up The car appears to be burning oil since there is no leak I can't afford a new motor or car Is there something else I can do...

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Unless it's a collector's item, don't bother spending $12k on a 1978 car.

06.01.1993

Last month I went to a car show and swap meet and saw a Ford LTD for sale This car has only miles yes original miles This car is in showroom mint condition inside and out and the car was...

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Why is another service appointment recommended for our newish Honda after only 5k miles?

06.01.1993

Our Honda Accord LX purchased new in April of now has miles on it not bad for two seventy-year-old drivers We have followed the Honda handbook recommendations for maintenance every miles At our last maintenance miles the garage placed a...

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That clumsy 2 part seatbelt means you bought a car without an airbag.

06.01.1993

I recently bought a Toyota Corolla station wagon my first new car since It's front two-piece seat belts are horrible The shoulder harness theoretically stays fastened all the time But if I leave it fastened it catches me my parcels...

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GTO, GL, DL, DX, SX, LE...what do all the initials mean?

06.01.1993

I have enjoyed your columns very much You seem to know a lot about cars Maybe you can clear up what has long been a mystery for me What do those crazy initials after a car's name signify I know...

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Skipping third gear.

06.01.1993

While riding with a dear friend in her Nissan Maxima -speed I was appalled to observe that she skips third gear When I questioned her she said she has always driven this way and has never had any problems with...

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