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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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Will my airbag and seatbelt work if I'm hit while sitting in a parking lot?

03.01.1993

I love your column and I have two questions If you're sitting in the drivers seat in a parking lot with the engine off and you're hit head on will the airbag activate How can I check my seat belt...

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Anything special to do for a Camry at the 100k mile mark?

03.01.1993

My Camry is coming up on miles Anything special I need to do Joyce TOM Not really Joyce We've seen plenty of Camrys go past miles We've seen 'em go to even RAY Actually Joyce the one thing you should...

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Do white cars stay cooler than black cars on a warm day?

03.01.1993

I recently purchased a black Dodge Stealth which I believe to be one of the finest cars on the road I have taken a lot of flack from my friends about black cars being hotter than white cars I personally...

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Liters, defined.

03.01.1993

I am confused about the meaning of the term liters What does it mean Is a high liter rating better than a low one My car says liters Frank RAY Well there are several types of liters Frank There's the...

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Will mixing 85 and 90 octane gas result in 87.5 octane gas?

03.01.1993

Both of my cars recommend octane unleaded gas which is readily available where I live But sometimes on the road regular unleaded is octane premium unleaded is and there's no available I've noticed this especially in parts of Utah and...

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What's going on with the sticky rear brakes?

03.01.1993

I just purchased a Dodge Ram Van When I drive over mph then apply the brakes the rear brakes stick If I back up the sound is even worse You can actually hear them binding I put on new shoes...

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Why didn't we recommend the Chevy Lumina to Brenda? Safety concerns, that's why.

03.01.1993

My questions is WHAT HAPPENED As a loyal reader I was cruising your column looking for solutions to all my relatives' car problems In the question from Brenda who was looking for a new car I thought I knew which...

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