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Can you diagnose a car based on the fluids that show up on the garage floor?

03.01.1993

Could you give a general diagnosis of a problem by the color amount thickness or odor of the fluids you find on your garage floor For instance a small amount of greenish liquid I see under my car might mean...

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Downshifting to 2nd in an automatic while going 75 mph? Not fatal, but not recommended.

03.01.1993

We drive a Ford Aerostar minivan The gear shift is on the floor between the driver and the passenger seat It's an automatic transmission The problem is my husband drives when we go through the mountains and he likes to...

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Why the extra on-off button on cruise control?

03.01.1993

Why does cruise control have an extra on-off button on the dash Is there any damage caused by leaving that switch on all the time and using the switch on the stalk to turn the cruise on and off Tony...

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Does running on almost-empty damage the catalytic converter?

03.01.1993

I really enjoy reading your col umn and thank you for the valuable information which I share with other family mem bers I have a question I don't think you've ever answered It seems that our fuel gauge reg isters...

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Safety features on starters would be a no-brainer.

03.01.1993

Why don't starters have a safety feature on them which would prevent them from engaging once the engine is already started It seems to me that this feature would be fairly easy to implement I'm convinced that I ruined the...

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Check Engine Lights are better than fans for avoiding an overheated engine.

03.01.1993

I own a Ford Escort Recently the car overheated due to a faulty fan relay The car had only miles on it and now I need a new engine In the future I was wondering if it would be a...

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What could burn through 4 distributors?

03.01.1993

My car is a Toyota Tercel The problem is that last June the car wouldn't start So the local gas station replaced the distributor Then the same thing happened in September November and January The last three times the distributor...

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Could transmission fluid be leaking into the crankcase?

03.01.1993

I need help with a car problem It's a Chevy Impala with a V- The automatic transmission has been leaking a quart of fluid a week for about six months The problem is that the engine oil keeps going up...

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Turning off the AC when you shut off the engine?

03.01.1993

Please resolve an ongoing discussion in our home Should the air conditioner be turned off when you shut off the engine My theory is that if you turn off the a c when you start the car it won't cause...

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Making lemonade out of a lemon.

03.01.1993

I'm a real troubled man I have a lemon and an angry wife I just bought a used ' Dodge Caravan liter with automatic transmission for my wife and twin boys My wife noticed that the engine often stalls in...

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