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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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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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