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Are car parts from an auto parts shop as good as the ones from the dealer?

09.01.1992

I would like to know if the parts you buy at discount auto parts stores are as good as the parts you get at dealerships I have to replace a drag link and steering rod on my ' Ford Ranger...

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Surely there's a better solution for short person than sitting on a phone book while driving...?

09.01.1992

Shame on you Suggesting a loose pillow for Kate the reader who's seat belt cut across her neck because she's short altitudinally challenged as you put it We short people are probably of the population Seats and restraints in our...

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A recent oil change has left my garage looking like an oil field.

09.01.1992

I took my Lincoln Continental in to one of those ten minute oil change places for an oil change I ended up with oil leaking on my garage floor When I took it back they checked it and said it...

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What kind of damage is done after letting a car idle for 11 hours?

08.01.1992

Recently a friend of mine who carpools to work locked his keys in his car a Olds Cutlass Supreme at the meeting point for the carpool He went on to work without realizing this Fortunately when he returned to his...

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Driving down a steep hill, which is better: braking or downshifting?

08.01.1992

I live on a mountain The road from town to my home is steep and winding Near the top of the mountain is a sign by the side of the road advising trucks to shift to a lower gear An...

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Brand-named vs/ generic auto parts: is there a difference?

08.01.1992

Please settle a bet I just bought a Ford Explorer and so has my neighbor We have our oil changed at the same place and agree on the type of oil as well as the miles between changes We disagree...

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What's causing foam to appear in this Ford's oil filler cap?

08.01.1992

My daughter has a ' Ford Escort with miles on it Every few hundred miles a gray foaming material fills the oil filler cap Sometimes it has a greenish tinge The Ford dealer has advised her to drive it harder...

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Does using a car radio burn through more gas?

08.01.1992

My husband insists that driving with the car radio on uses extra gasoline except when the baseball games are on If the gas tank gets low he says we will run out of gas sooner if the radio is on...

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Can changing transmission fluid loosen the bands inside?

08.01.1992

I have a Grand Am with about miles I average about to miles a year I have kept up on regu larly scheduled maintenance oil changes every miles etc except for one item I have only had the transmission filter...

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Is there any hope for my "new" Dodge Dart?

08.01.1992

I recently purchased a Dodge Dart--don't laugh, the car has 61K original miles on a V- engine The original interior is nearly flawless and the paint still shines. I paid only $700 for the car.  Now here's the bad part ....

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