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The case of the smoking steering column.

09.01.1992

Occasionally when I start my Chevrolet Beretta a little puff of white smoke comes out of the steering column right behind the steering wheel This only happens when start ing the car and not every time It's not dust Do...

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The mystery of extra chugs.

09.01.1992

I'm a year old senior citizen with a four cylinder ' Chevy Cavalier that has good miles on it Just lately when I turn off the ignition switch the engine seems to want to run for a few seconds more...

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What can I do to prevent yet another head gasket from blowing?

09.01.1992

I've had some costly experiences with blown head gaskets Never having read or heard of preventive measures I wonder if periodic re-torquing of the head bolts would help What is your advice Edgar TOM You must have gotten a torque...

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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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Dealer qualifications.

08.01.1992

I'm currently in a state prison and I read your column regularly I'm wondering if you could tell me how to get a dealers license so I can buy and sell used vehicles when I get out Please tell me...

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What advice would you give for maintaining a Miata that winters in our garage?

08.01.1992

I bought my lovely wife a Mazda Miata for her birthday a couple of years ago She enjoys driving it in warm weather and wants to keep it in good condition for many years She stores it during the winter...

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Will mixing different types of brake fluid ruin my master cylinder?

08.01.1992

At the auto parts store I've seen brake fluid listed as both DOT and DOT Are these two compatible I've been told by a friend that these two should not be mixed in the brake master cylinder or it will...

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