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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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Brake fluid contamination? Or simple obfuscation?

12.01.1990

Recently the brakes on my Olds Royale Brougham went to the floor while my wife was driving She had to pump them to get them back We took the car to a muffler brake shop and were told that the...

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Thank you for the good work!

12.01.1990

This letter is to thank you for your column on GM power steering problems I too was having a problem with the steering on my Chevrolet Cavalier wagon It was just as you described it was hard to turn the...

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THE TEN BEST OF 1990: PART 3

12.01.1990

RAY: Over the last two weeks, we've been unveiling our picks for ten best cars of 1990. In case you forgot, here are the winners we've announced so far: TOM: The BEST MINIVAN is the Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager. The BEST ALL-AROUND SEDAN is the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable. The OTHER BEST ALL-AROUND SEDAN is the...

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