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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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A camaro shifting lesson

11.01.1990

I hope you can help me with my problem I own a Chevrolet Camaro RS which I purchased new More specifically I very often have trouble getting the transmission into reverse It just doesn't want to slide in I usually...

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A year-long test of the Mazda 929S

11.01.1990

fixing cars or defending ourselves against lawsuits one of the things we do is test drive new cars Usually we get them for a couple of weeks but once in a while we get one for a long-term test And...

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Should I be worried that my car ticks?

11.01.1990

When I turn off the engine and start to walk away from my Nissan I often hear a ticking noise What exactly is causing the noise and is it anything to worry about Jack RAY What do you do for...

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Correction, it was the moulding!

11.01.1990

Several weeks ago you got a letter from a woman whose Honda Accord was whistling You suggested she have the doors and windows checked as that was a frequent source of whistles We have a Honda and it too whistled...

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