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Why are windows wired so they only operate when the ignition is on?

12.01.1989

Why in the world do car makers connect power window circuits so that the ignition switch must be turned on in order to operate the windows It's a pain You get out of the car and realize you left a...

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What is a "half shaft"?

12.01.1989

What is a half shaft in a Ford Tempo and what makes it give out Barbara TOM The half shaft is what you get from the dealer when your car is still under warranty Once the warranty expires Barbara you...

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Name some great American cars!

12.01.1989

My husband thinks the best car in terms of reliability cost and fuel efficiency is the Acura Legend His next favorite car is the Honda Accord Please give us the names of any American automobiles that are as reliable and...

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When your truck rides like a truck...

12.01.1989

We love our ' Chevrolet Astro Van When loaded up for a trip it drives better than most Cadillacs There's only one complaint When driving in town with the van empty it rides like a truck Is there an inexpensive...

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How to sell an ancient jalopy...

12.01.1989

I have a Chevy ton truck It was used during World War II as a gasoline truck at a local air force base It was used after the war at a local airport until about years ago and it's been...

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How to predict a battery's lifespan?

12.01.1989

Is there any method to determine when an automobile battery is getting toward the end of its life expectancy Our last battery was working perfectly until it went dead completely without warning Fortunately it happened in our garage but if...

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In our humble opinion...

11.01.1989

chores really start to pile up my brother and I start looking for things to do Luckily we can always use the excuse that we have to test some new cars So while our wives were out raking the leaves...

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The proper jump start procedure...

11.01.1989

A friend needed a jump start the other day He attached the last negative cable to his negative battery terminal I said he should have attached it to a metal surface other than the battery Who was correct John RAY...

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"RPMS" v. "RPM"

11.01.1989

Your readers sometimes refer to RPMS You recently used the same incorrect term RPM is the abbreviation for Revolutions Per MINUTE not Revolutions Per MINUTES I am surprised that you permit even encourage this erroneous pluralization to continue John RAY...

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Does a 16-Year-Old Deserve a Nice Car?

11.01.1989

Aaron is buying his first car and he has his eye on a used Mazda Miata. Tom and Ray make a compelling case for something bigger and uglier.

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