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A misfiring engine on a Ford Pinto.

11.01.1993

I own a Ford Pinto Oh boy that has a peculiar problem I will be cruising down the highway when all of a sudden the engine will start to miss The miss gets more and more severe until I have...

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Idling is necessary to preserve a turbo-charger.

11.01.1993

I have a Volvo sedan It's equipped with a turbo charger to boost the power of the four cylinder engine The owner's manual says that the engine should be allowed to idle at least two minutes before shut-off The problems...

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Is it safe to leave a manual transmission in neutral at a stop light?

11.01.1993

I recently got your pamphlet and read about how to make your clutch last longer One of the things you said is to put the car in Neutral and let the clutch out while sitting at a stop light I...

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New ring job or new engine?

11.01.1993

I have a Pontiac Sunbird with a liter engine For about two years now I have had an oil leak I cannot seem to locate When I do a lot of driving I may use a quart a day If...

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Who to call for safety recall information.

11.01.1993

Is there an number one could call to find out about auto recalls I have a Dodge Dynasty which leaks oil quite badly George TOM You bet there is George It's called The Auto Safety Hotline and it's operated by...

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Should Gail "let" her 27 year old son buy a new Mazda?

11.01.1993

My son who lives in Boston has a perfectly good Pontiac Grand Am which he bought new However he seems to have fallen in love with the Mazda RX- He wants to keep the Grand Am to drive during the...

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Replacing the tailgate as a fuel economy measure?

11.01.1993

My grandson removed the tail gate from his brand new Mazda pick up truck and replaced it with some kind of webbing It looks like hell When I questioned him as to why he put this netting on his reply...

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Rinsing out an engine with a quart of oil?

11.01.1993

A friend of mine suggested that when changing my oil I drain out the old oil and add just one quart Then run the engine for a few minutes to kind of rinse it out What are your thoughts Tom...

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Click and Clack refrain from trying to talk Phil out of a VW Microbus.

11.01.1993

I want to buy an old VW bus to use on car camping trips and to take to bluegrass festivals What should I look for or look out for in a VW bus Should I avoid automatics How about campers...

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Help! Spiders!

11.01.1993

I read your column regularly and since you guys seem to be the reigning kings of answering unusual car questions who else could I turn to I have only been driving for about a year and a half and I...

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