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Is my Grand Marquis' fuel pump really INSIDE the gas tank?

11.01.1992

I have a Grand Marquis with miles on it I have just noticed a humming noise coming from the rear end of my car A mechanic friend told me it was coming from the fuel pump in my gas tank...

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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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The dealer says I should just learn to live with this little oil leak. Should I?

11.01.1992

I have an Ford Tempo which has had oil leak problems during the past year Some leaks have been fixed but there is still a small engine oil leak identified by the assistant service manager as an engine oil seal...

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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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Is it normal for a car to swing left and forward when stopping suddenly?

10.01.1992

I have a Olds Cutlass Supreme I have had to slam on the brakes several times to avoid unexpected obstacles Each time I make a panic stop the left rear of the car swings out to the left and forward...

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