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What useful function does the ingnition button serve?

03.01.1992

Whenever I rent a car that has a button that must be pushed before the ignition key can be released I become curious What useful function does this button serve Jan TOM Good question Jan I don't think it serves...

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When my brother turned 50, he started to rattle, too.

03.01.1992

I have a horrible metallic rattling noise coming from my right front wheel area on a th anniversary Nissan ZX Whenever I hit the slightest of road irregularities it will sound off until the road smoothes out It happens in...

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When the oil light comes on, stop the engine immediately.

03.01.1992

First of all you have a great column It's thoroughly enjoyable even for a mechanical nerd like myself Here's my problem My son has a four-wheel drive Ford Tempo which he took to a local service station for an oil...

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This is a clear case of testosterone poisoning.

03.01.1992

My brother-in-law has a male superiority problem about driving and we have a long-standing argument concerning down-shifting standard shift cars when approaching a stop I don't down shift I was taught otherwise My brother-in-law however says I'm stupid and I...

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I like to raise the hood and see a clean engine.

03.01.1992

Here's another stupid question for you I have a Ford Crown Victoria I'm also one of these old geezers that likes to raise the hood and see a clean engine Here's my question Can I just turn my hose on...

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Where can I find a replacement owner's manual?

02.01.1992

I just bought a used Honda Accord The problem is that it came without an owner's manual Do you know where I can get one Earl TOM This is a questions that continues to boggle us Earl All cars come...

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What causes smoking Caravans?

02.01.1992

Our Dodge Caravan miles liter automatic exudes malodorous blue and black smoke and idles roughly when first started After two to three minutes it runs normally Our mechanic says this is oil leaking past the valve guides and is characteristic...

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I'm desperate for your help!

02.01.1992

I'm desperate for your help Without fail every Friday evening since my friend's wedding three months ago my car has developed a flat tire And since I have good rubber and don't usually drive over glass and nails you're probably...

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We never get letters like this from Louisiana.

02.01.1992

We own a Lincoln Town Car The heater wasn't putting out enough heat so a mechanic installed a degree thermostat It still wasn't hot enough so he put in a degree thermostat It's warm now but still not hot enough...

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Why can't you unlock the rear doors with a key?

02.01.1992

Why is it that you can't unlock the back doors on a car with a key As it is you almost have to be a contortionist to reach over the front seat and unlock them This is very awkward particularly...

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