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The most dangerous part of the car...

02.01.1992

I've heard the saying that the most dangerous part of the car is the loose nut behind the wheel but I would vote for the right side view mirror Why is it designed so that the approaching car appears to...

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You should never, ever remove the thermostat.

02.01.1992

I have had several opposing views expressed to me about whether it makes a car run cooler in the summer to remove the thermostat Does it Lee TOM Yes Lee removing the thermostat does make the car run cooler But...

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Your fuel pump is leaking, and that's why you're only getting a lousy ten miles to the gallon.

02.01.1992

Our father small f recently gave us an old Datsun station wagon with an automatic transmission It runs well but we get less than ten miles per gallon There is a very small leak of gasoline coming from under the...

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What does ASE stand for?

02.01.1992

Some local automotive repair establishments advertise AAA and ASE affiliation I am familiar with AAA but what does ASE stand for Should these designations influence my choice of where to have my automobiles repaired Charlie TOM ASE is the symbol...

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Check the oil first thing in the morning.

02.01.1992

How about settling a simple argument Is it best to check the oil level when the car is cold or after the car has been running Carol RAY Most owner's manuals tell you to check the oil first thing in...

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Since three new carburators haven't solved anything, the problem may not be with carburetor.

02.01.1992

At the age of the transportation love of my life is a ' Cadillac that runs like a jewel after it gets two miles from home The car starts perfectly and runs fine until you stop or make a turn...

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Car air conditioning really isn't enviornmentally irresponsible.

02.01.1992

In your column some weeks ago you recommended car air conditioning for everybody I think this is irresponsible If a person wants to go without A C because of the freon ozone problem I think he or she has a...

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The real world of wet and snowy roads.

01.01.1992

Could you recommend the proper way to slow down and stop on a slippery road surface My husband insists on shifting into Neutral automatic transmission the moment he begins to brake He says this disengages the gears and makes the...

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A perplexing question deserves and perplexing answer.

01.01.1992

I have a perplexing question Is an automatic transmission more dangerous than a stick shift when a car dies Is steering more difficult and dangerous Ned TOM Well Ned a perplexing question deserves a perplexing answer And we've got one...

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Federal law restricts re-attaching a converter to a car.

01.01.1992

The muffler and catalytic converter on my Oldsmobile fell off due to a faulty clamp I took the car to a Midas shop where the muffler was previously installed The manager told me he couldn't re-attach the converter even though...

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