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Tips for buying a car with 60k "highway miles".

01.01.1993

I know that one year to a human is like seven years to a dog But how many highway miles equal a city mile A local used car dealer has several Dodge Dynasty fleet cars for sale all with about...

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Why are blower motors "factory sealed"?

01.01.1993

What is meant by a factory sealed heater motor My problem started in December when I heard noises from the heater I was told by my gas station that it was the heater motor but that it is factory sealed...

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Is it safe to roadtrip in a car with a wheel that bounces like a basketball?

01.01.1993

I recently drove my girlfriend's sister's car from Seattle Washington to Salem Oregon as a favor I would have found some way to back out if I had known what I was getting into the car was a bomb Although...

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Is it possible to install a kill switch on my Tercel?

12.01.1992

I used to have a VW Bug My brother installed a cut off switch in it to ground out the ignition to make the car harder to hotwire I recently traded that car in for a two-door four speed Toyota...

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What might it cost me to fix this power steering fluid leak?

12.01.1992

I have a Chevrolet Malibu In the last two months I have been losing power steering fluid I have had to add fluid every two or three weeks I have been looking under the car for leaks or spots but...

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Can I shift without using the clutch?

12.01.1992

I own a car with a manual transmission My brother who by the way loves reading your column claims that it is okay to shift gears in my car without pushing in the clutch It seems to me that this...

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Fact or fiction: Turning on the AC while idling will save gas.

12.01.1992

I have been told by an automobile manufacturers certified mechanic how to conserve on gasoline consumption He has practiced the proceedure for years and I am now following it Please confirm that this is valid When I am held up...

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New hoses recommended after a "free" tune-up: scam or necessity?

12.01.1992

I'm an old senior citizen driving an old Cadillac with miles on it all down hill It has the original coolant and original hoses Should I change the coolant and hoses when the old boat is running like a top...

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Could Roxanne's air conditioner be making her ill?

12.01.1992

This is a crazy question but you're used to it so here goes I drive an ' Mercury Sable which both my husband and I are very pleased with Of all the cars I've ever had it's my favorite However...

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Three valve cover gaskets in three years. What's going on?

12.01.1992

I have replaced three valve cover gaskets on my Plymouth Caravelle in the last three years After miles or so oil starts to leak onto the motor and onto the ground Is there a fire hazard I should be worrying...

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