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Why do the names of so many car makes and models end with with the letter "a"?

11.01.1992

We were wondering why so many car makers use names that end with a For example Supra Corsica Honda Daytona Maxima Beretta Miata etc Do the car makers just have an incredible lack of imagination Anthony and Dan TOM We...

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Ideas for those who have a hard time hearing their turn signals.

11.01.1992

I'm having some problems with being somewhat hard of hearing My wife constantly has to tell me to turn off my turn signal I don't seem to be able to hear the flasher and with a tilt steering wheel I...

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Advice for those intrepid do-it-yourself oil filter changers out there.

11.01.1992

This is in reference to your column about how to avoid spilling oil onto the frame when changing the oil filter on certain cars The guy who wrote to you had a Lincoln and the filter on that car sits...

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Does that whiny noise mean my engine is dying...or just the turbo charger?

10.01.1992

My engine sounds like a siren when I accelerate It disappears after a short time but happens each time I start and stop I have a Chrysler LeBaron with a turbo engine When I took it to the dealer to...

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Why isn't silicone braking fluid more widely recommended?

10.01.1992

You recently recommended to a reader that she change the brake fluid in her car every miles or about every two years for most drivers I have three older cars in which I have put silicone brake fluid Silicone brake...

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How can I keep from getting frozen out of my car in cold weather?

10.01.1992

I am writing on behalf of the many car owners who reside in cold wet areas of the country and have suffered the problem of car doors freezing shut because of freezing rain or simply rain and dropping temperatures This...

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New timing belt or new mechanic? Maybe both.

10.01.1992

I have a Renault Alliance Last spring the timing belt broke and as a result of it breaking I had to have the valves replaced too After the repair every time I drove the car up a steep hill the...

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A GM engineer proves the unlikely to be true: Click and Clack are sometimes correct!

10.01.1992

I read your column recently about a Buick LeSabre that had an occasional noise sounding like an open muffler when driven in the rain I am an engineering manager with the Flint Engineering Division of General Motors and am familiar...

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Frank believes that the heater setting has nothing to do with engine warm up. Is he right?

10.01.1992

After long hours studying the service manuals of several brands of cars I have concluded that you may be wrong about thermostats car warm up and coolant flow A car's thermostat keeps the coolant circulating in the engine until it...

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Is it necessary to re-balance the tires every time they're rotated?

10.01.1992

My dealer says my wheels must be re-balanced each time each time he rotates the tires The tire manufacturer says the wheels should only be balanced when the tires are mounted or remounted My dealer got a little huffy when...

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