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The Click and Clack award for Priorities in Engineering

05.01.1990

of giving credit where credit is due the Click and Clack award for Priorities in Engineering this week goes to our good friends at General Motors TOM Japan may make cars that don't fall apart They may make engines that...

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A new automotive trend?

05.01.1990

always on the forefront of trends Especially when it comes to buying cars Let me show you what I mean In he bought a Dodge Caravan RAY Right I knew that the mini-van craze was coming Actually credit here goes...

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How does heavy duty suspension affect a Chevy Blazer?

05.01.1990

I purchased a full size Chevrolet Blazer X with heavy duty suspension and quad front shocks The problem is that the vehicle bounces all over the road and if you don't hold the wheel firmly who knows what might happen...

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Is there piqued interest in unintended acceleration?

05.01.1990

We have a Mercury Grand Marquis The engine seems to accelerate all by itself at slow speeds I have to be very careful parking the car or I will run into something I've heard about unintended acceleration Is that my...

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Did some fool leave my oil plug unscrewed?

04.01.1990

Last Wednesday I had the oil changed on my Hyundai Excel at one of those ten minute oil change places By Saturday I had driven less than a hundred miles when the oil light came on and stayed on I...

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Should I let my car idle before I drive it?

04.01.1990

I start my car and immediately drive away at moderate speeds My neighbor to the left starts his car and lets it idle for five minutes before taking off My neighbor across the street takes her car out of the...

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A band-aid won't heal this problem...

04.01.1990

My problem concerns one of my dash lights When I'm traveling at night the red charge light floats in and out very lightly It gets stronger if I use the heater the defroster the radio or the bright lights I've...

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When a colony of ants moves in...

04.01.1990

I am writing for my daughter because she doesn't feel that her problem concerns the area of your expertise However nothing ventured nothing gained She bought a new Ford Thunderbird LX in February with which she is more than satisfied...

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What does it mean to "throw a rod"?

04.01.1990

A friend of mine told me that he had ruined his car engine while driving very fast on a country road He claims he blew a rod and the motor was worthless after that In more technical terms could you...

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Unidentified rattling object...

04.01.1990

I have a Buick LeSabre with a little less than miles on it A white object has partially covered the odometer and I cannot read the mileage I have checked with our mechanic He has no explanation for it and...

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