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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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A car that always runs hot may need to be seen by a radiator specialist.

07.01.1993

My wife owns a Nissan Sentra She is always concerned about the temperature gauge reading close to or at the end of the H range This happens especially while going up hills on hot days The dealership checked it out...

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If you're burning (not leaking) oil, the problem will only get worse.

07.01.1993

My Olds Cutlass uses two quarts of oil for every gas fill up The car appears to be burning oil since there is no leak I can't afford a new motor or car Is there something else I can do...

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Safer to drive with headlights on at all times?

06.01.1993

One sunny Sunday afternoon we set out on a two hour freeway trip I noticed several cars right away with their lights on My wife said she had read somewhere that driving with your headlights on in broad daylight was...

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The bygone days of magnets in your vehicle.

06.01.1993

I just traded up from a Ford Ranger to a model I was feeling pretty good about it until I discovered how much of the metal has been replaced with plastic I used to use magnets to post reminder notes...

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Installing a rebuilt steering rack will save you a bundle.

06.01.1993

I am a college student who is responsible for the maintenance of my own car I have an ' Toyota Corolla LE with miles The body and the interior are in excellent condition for the age of the car Until...

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Oil in the antifreeze reservoir? That's gonna cost ya.

06.01.1993

I have a ' Porsche I recently had it towed back to my house due to oil in the antifreeze reservoir My questions are what caused it and what type of money are we talking about to repair it John...

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