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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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A finicky power brake boosterl

05.01.1993

I have an Chevrolet Caprice Classic with miles I have driven cars for a long time but have never had this happen before For the last two months every time I put on the brakes a loud sound of escaping...

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Should I be looking at new cars before retirement?

05.01.1993

I enjoy all your columns and value your opinions but the articles that really grab my attention are the ones that concern older cars I a single self-supporting lady fast approaching retirement am the original owner of a Ford Escort...

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Where does the term "idiot lights" come from?

05.01.1993

Please settle some confusion My husband says the term idiot light comes from the fact that the car is an idiot and cannot comprehend why the light is lit I say it's because people are idiots and have no idea...

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I had a recent experience with my Ford Taurus station...

05.01.1993

I had a recent experience with my Ford Taurus station wagon that I would like to share with you I parked overnight in an underground garage and couldn't get the car started the next morning I had to be towed...

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How do oxygen sensors work?

05.01.1993

I have a question about the oxygen sensor on my Toyota Corolla How does it work and what is its purpose John TOM That's a good question John The oxygen sensor is part of the emission control system RAY Isn't...

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The case of the backfiring MG.

05.01.1993

I drive a MGB yes every day When I ease off the accelerator at - mph like when I'm going downhill the car does an almost constant series of small backfires until I accelerate again The problem seems to be...

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Why do front tires sometimes have different air pressure than rear tires.

05.01.1993

Most of the cars I've owned have called for the same tire pressure front and rear But I've always wondered why the pressure couldn't be more closely related to the weight distribution of the car For example if percent of...

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Transmission suddenly switching gears at much different speeds.

05.01.1993

I own a Jeep Cherokee with miles on it Just recently the transmission started shifting at much different speeds than it always has The change is most noticable at the shift points between second and third and between third and...

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Some tips for driving Debbie's Suburu in the Swiss Alps.

05.01.1993

My husband and I recently moved to Switzerland from Michigan and have brought over our Subaru GL wagon with an automatic transmission The reason for this was that a typical dented rusted Mini painted purple goes for here so you...

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