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Changing the timing belt every 45k miles (instead of 60k) might save the engine of your '81 Ford Escort.

08.01.1993

I recently purchased a very used Ford Escort stop laughing it was only I know that they are prone to valve train meltdown When mine does melt can I install a later model engine to avoid a recurrence Dan TOM...

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Your rotors are softer than your brake pads. Talk about a design flaw!

08.01.1993

I am the owner of two General Motors cars which were purchased new They are a Pontiac Grand Am and a Buick Skylark Both have liter four cylinder engines They each have about miles on them Although the brake pads...

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How can I seal a crack in my manual transmission housing?

08.01.1993

Several years ago I had some work done on my GMC pick up that involved removing the engine and the transmission After the work was completed I discovered a puddle of gear oil forming in my driveway where the truck...

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Should I bother with the $60 fuel injector cleaning solvent from my tune-up guys?

08.01.1993

My wife and I both drive fuel injected Pontiac Grand Ams I recently had both tuned up at one of those tune-up places The last three times I've been there they have insisted that we purchase a procedure for cleaning...

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Timing chains, not to be confused with timing belts, don't need frequent changing.

07.01.1993

I have a Buick Park Avenue with a cc engine and miles on it The car runs great but a service manager told me that these engines are prone to having their timing chains break at miles or so He...

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Info on Ford's paint recall and their repainting program.

07.01.1993

Do you know a - number I could call about the paint on my dark blue Ford F- Pick-up The paint is peeling off all over the place hood fenders roof sides you name it I was told that the...

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In this case, your dealer is full of baloney.

07.01.1993

I regularly read your column and listen to your radio show and enjoy both But enough fawning and on with my question I have a Ford Escort LX which has gentle miles on the clock Over the last few months...

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Does turning the steering wheel while parked put extra stress on the steering linkage?

07.01.1993

We have a pressing question which is putting a strain on our marriage My position is that turning the steering wheel with the car stationary puts a stress on the steering linkage which will eventually lead to excessive wear I...

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That liquid spraying from your AC isn't freon, it's oil from the compressor.

07.01.1993

Two summers ago in my VW Jetta I noticed that a brown spray appeared on the underside of the hood above the AC unit Last summer the AC went dead and I had a mechanic look at it He said...

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What's the difference between a Ford Tempo and a Mercury Topaz?

07.01.1993

I am interested in purchasing either a Ford Tempo or a Mercury Topaz The Mercury dealer says they are different which explains why the Mercury costs more Yet physically they look the same Please explain Mandel TOM They're exactly the...

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