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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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Where do "suicide doors" get their name?

11.01.1993

Do you remember the old four-door Lincoln Continentals where the front and back doors both opened out from the same spot in the middle of the car They used to call those suicide doors How did they get that name...

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How can I install a rear window defroster kit?

10.01.1993

Help You are my last resort My dear cousin gave me a defroster kit for the rear window of my two-door Ford Escort The kit is three years old now and I still haven't found a mechanic who will put...

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If odometers reset at 99,999 miles, how can I tell if a car has 58k on it, or 158k?

10.01.1993

I have been looking to buy a used truck The problem I've been running into is with the odometer On a lot of cars and trucks the odometer does not go to miles It goes to and then starts over...

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Checking the oil correctly may interfere with someone's romantic plans.

10.01.1993

I teach at a major university about miles from my home During the work week my home away from home is in an apartment complex inhabited primarily by university students Through my window I recently watched a student-age fellow check...

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Steering wheel that's too slick to safely handle.

10.01.1993

I know you've never heard this one I have an ' Buick LeSabre that I bought used The steering wheel is too slick for safe operation I've tried cleaning the wheel and applying all kinds of polishes Nothing works and...

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