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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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Rule of thumb for repairing used cars, versus trading them in.

12.01.1993

Can you tell me if you have a general rule of thumb that you use when deciding whether or not to have a major repair done to an older car Our Thunderbird is in need of a head gasket It...

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Electric windows: will they work if you drive into a river?

12.01.1993

My mother has an anxiety that has puzzled my family for quite a while now Our Buick Electra has electric windows If my mother were to drive off the side of a bridge and land in the river would the...

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Idling your engine on cold mornings without driving it will do more harm than good.

12.01.1993

I am an elderly woman and I like to take very good care of my car My question concerns a car that has to be left outside in the winter with no garage and is only used about once a...

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Don't believe the dealer, there IS something wrong with brakes that fail just one time.

12.01.1993

My wife and I are the reluctant owners of a Olds Delta When I say reluctant I mean we hardly dare to drive the thing My wife was travelling through town the other day and when she approached an intersection...

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Replacing the tailgate as a fuel economy measure?

11.01.1993

My grandson removed the tail gate from his brand new Mazda pick up truck and replaced it with some kind of webbing It looks like hell When I questioned him as to why he put this netting on his reply...

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Rinsing out an engine with a quart of oil?

11.01.1993

A friend of mine suggested that when changing my oil I drain out the old oil and add just one quart Then run the engine for a few minutes to kind of rinse it out What are your thoughts Tom...

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Click and Clack refrain from trying to talk Phil out of a VW Microbus.

11.01.1993

I want to buy an old VW bus to use on car camping trips and to take to bluegrass festivals What should I look for or look out for in a VW bus Should I avoid automatics How about campers...

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Help! Spiders!

11.01.1993

I read your column regularly and since you guys seem to be the reigning kings of answering unusual car questions who else could I turn to I have only been driving for about a year and a half and I...

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Suspicious of the alternator belt.

11.01.1993

I have a Cadillac Seville with miles It is the - - engine but the computer has been disconnected so it only runs on eight cylinders My problem is that I have a squealing noise from the alternator whenever I...

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