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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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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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