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Will a car run "better" without a catalytic converter or muffler?

01.01.1992

Forgive me for asking a purely theoretical question but I need to win a bet Will a current model American car run better without a catalytic converter or without a muffler Please understand I have no intention of removing these...

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The old "electronic brake pad dust problem."

01.01.1992

I have a Ford Tempo When I apply the brakes sometimes it causes static on the radio I know that sounds odd but my mechanic heard it while out on a test drive and ended up scratching his head He...

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The Brooklyn Bridge isn't for sale anymore.

01.01.1992

I have a Honda Prelude with four wheel disc brakes and miles The brake pads and rotors are in excellent condition and work perfectly The problem is that my parking brake is frozen from lack of use and will not...

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Actually, I'll take the hug.

12.01.1991

I will hug your neck if you can find me a place to get a gear box for a Ford truck with four wheel drive That's all I need to put it back on the road Wanda RAY You don't...

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The great regular/premium debate.

12.01.1991

My girlfriend owns a Honda Civic Her father says that it will run better if she puts premium gasoline in it I said that a four cylinder Honda needs nothing more than regular unleaded gas The car has never rattled...

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"All Wheel" versus "Four Wheel" drive.

12.01.1991

My driveway is quite steep and I have an old beat-up four wheel drive truck that I use to get in and out of it in the winter when there's snow or ice on the ground I also have a...

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When is it correct to down-shift?

12.01.1991

A friend and I have been arguing about the long term effects of constantly down-shifting to slow a car rather than applying the brakes My argument is by down-shifting you put unnecessary strain on the engine and transmission My friend's...

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Does the tachometer serve any practical purpose?

12.01.1991

My Infiniti G is the first car I've ever owned with a tachometer The owner's manual tells me to shift gears on the basis of speed not on the basis of revolutions per minute That being the case does the...

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Run, Jack. And don't look back.

12.01.1991

I read with interest your series on buying a new car I have one question you didn't address It has to do with when I'm in that little room with the empty desk and a single light bulb hanging from...

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When new tires act old.

12.01.1991

In August I had new front tires put on my ' Olds Calais The problem is they keep losing air I have had it back to the tire company four times trying to resolve the problem but they have checked...

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