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Oil: Is it ok to use a different brand name?

01.01.1991

As a fairly decent shade tree mechanic I was taught that once you started using a certain brand and type of oil in a new car you should always use that same brand Is this true Chuck TOM That's a...

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Zen and the Art of Camaro Maintenance

01.01.1991

I have a Chevrolet Camaro that I bought used in It was in great shape had only miles belonged to a school teacher etc I haven't had any problems until it recently started leaking oil erratically It'll go for weeks...

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Tom and Ray's equation for college student car repair.

01.01.1991

My daughter in college has a Volkswagen Golf with about miles So far this year we have replaced the heater core both fuel pumps a CV joint the radio partly her fault the horn the windshield wiper motor and the...

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The holy tire of spares

01.01.1991

This past year I bought my wife a new Toyota Corolla four door sedan A short time ago late at night my wife had a rear flat tire Since she was unable to change the tire herself and could not...

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A tale of Myxomycetous Spheroidal antics

01.01.1991

Five months ago I bought a brand new Suzuki Swift from a local dealer Two months later I called the dealer to arrange some warranty repairs and have the car examined by a mechanic I got a message that the...

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How many miles should a new car have?

01.01.1991

We just bought a new car We then realized that it had miles on it Is a car with miles considered a new car or with that many miles would it be used Pam TOM The question isn't whether it's...

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Joseph joins the club of PAIN.

01.01.1991

I enjoy your wisdom and humor every week Is there any club for Pinto owners that you are aware of Joseph TOM Let's set the record straight Joseph BMW and Jaguar owners have clubs Pinto owners have support groups RAY...

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Four-wheel drive vs. steering

01.01.1991

Marilyn says she's not the best snow driver and she's looking for a new car with either four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. Tom and Ray explain her options.

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Kneel down, face Detroit, and pray for a vacuum leak.

01.01.1991

What's wrong with an Cadillac with low mileage that misses shakes and slowly stalls at idle At mph it still misses and shakes I've replaced the plugs wires and distributor cap Willy TOM Well Willy the good news is that...

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Can sludge in the carburetor cause racing?

12.01.1990

I own a Olds Cutlass Ciera When I have the air conditioner or the defroster on the car will start racing Really racing I can have my foot on the brake and you can hear the gas pedal clicking by...

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