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Brake fluid contamination? or simple obfuscation?

12.01.1990

Recently the brakes on my Olds Royale Brougham went to the floor while my wife was driving She had to pump them to get them back We took the car to a muffler brake shop and were told that the...

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Which cars have PASSENGER side air bags?

12.01.1990

Can you tell me which cars are now available with PASSENGER side air bags Bill RAY I'm afraid you've taken the bait Bill Your wife wrote to us a few weeks ago and asked how she could get you to...

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Thank you for the good work!

12.01.1990

This letter is to thank you for your column on GM power steering problems I too was having a problem with the steering on my Chevrolet Cavalier wagon It was just as you described it was hard to turn the...

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Should I pre-lube my lemon?

11.01.1990

I am a doctor who has always had a great desire to completely overhaul an automobile from stem to stern Finally since I have no background I bought some books and then went looking for a car I figured a...

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Does my husband really need to down-shift?

11.01.1990

I have a Plymouth Turismo with a five-speed manual transmission My husband drives the car whenever we travel somewhere He always down-shifts when he passes another car Please explain the point of leaving fifth gear when the car is moving...

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Should I drive fast or slow on a dirt road?

11.01.1990

I drive on a dirt road approximately two miles daily I have heard opposing suggestions about the best way to drive on dirt roads One theory is to drive slowly - mph so the bumps will not cause so much...

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Diagnosis: an acute case of cheapskatery

11.01.1990

We recently bought an ' Toyota Corolla Diesel from my mother-in-law The car runs great but we're having a problem with the air conditioning When you start the car it works fine But then the light on the A C...

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Should I trust the manual or tire for proper tire pressure?

11.01.1990

I have a ' Hyundai It says on the tire that maximum pressure is psi But the owner's manual says psi Why the big difference Alice TOM The number on the tire's sidewall psi is the maximum pressure you can...

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The pros and cons of coasting

11.01.1990

I like to coast down long hills in neutral to save gas Sometimes I can go ten miles or more without touching the gas pedal My wife doesn't like it when I do this What are the pros and cons...

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Why hide the headlights?

11.01.1990

I have never seen a man or woman put a band-aid over a diamond ring Yet every year some cars come out with their headlights covered Why hide them George TOM It's purely a matter of styling George Some designers...

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