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The bygone days of magnets in your vehicle.

06.01.1993

I just traded up from a Ford Ranger to a model I was feeling pretty good about it until I discovered how much of the metal has been replaced with plastic I used to use magnets to post reminder notes...

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Heat shield repairs. Also, the Geo Prizm.

05.01.1993

I have a Volvo GL with miles on it Lately I've noticed that when my car is cold it sounds like a tree limb is dragging underneath it After about a mile the noise is gone The car runs great...

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Hoping to avoid having to buy a new car in my 80s.

05.01.1993

I enjoy your column very much To my amazement so does my wonderful mother-in-law who is Recently she and I were talking about her car It's a one owner year old Chevy Citation with about miles on it It has...

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Myth: Manual transmissions are better for towing.

05.01.1993

I have a Toyota -Runner with V engine and -speed manual transmission It has been running perfectly in both summer and winter Recently I purchased a boat and installed a hitch on the car The problem comes when I pull...

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Wildlife-proofing your car's electrical wiring. Also, Mitsubishi Diamantes.

05.01.1993

I have been reading your wonderful column for sometime now and finally have a problem that I think is up your alley My Subaru Justy please stifle your laughter--I love this little car was devoured by wild animals squirrels raccoons...

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The meaning of 4x4.

05.01.1993

I work as an engineer at one of the Big Three in Detroit and during a discussion with my engineering colleagues it was revealed that none of us knew what the numbers X means After debating we decided that the...

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Ford says I don't need to service my transmission. What do you think?

05.01.1993

The owner's manual for my Ford Taurus lists Fluid changes of band adjustments on a -speed overdrive automatic transaxle under items never requiring maintenance The dealer recommends that I DO have the transmission serviced every miles The Ford service hot...

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A Nissan Sentra blows its fuse(s).

05.01.1993

I have a Nissan Sentra with miles on it The amp Engine Control fuse blew as I was driving After replacing the fuse the same thing happened again I was in the process of accelerating both times I've checked over...

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Chrysler weighs in on the safety of seat belt extenders.

05.01.1993

Chrysler corporation does not recommend the use of seat belt extenders to resolve the situation of a shoulder belt rubbing against one's neck Seat belt extenders are designed to accomodate those vehicle occupants whose torso size requires additional seat belt...

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Any difference between Quaker St. and Valvoline?

05.01.1993

Please advise regarding the best oil for my Volvo GL The dealer recommended only Valvoline when I bought the car four years ago Now the dealer is recommending only Quaker State Please advise on the quality of Quaker State motor...

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