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Salt invades little nooks and crannies

11.01.1990

Living in a snowy town I've always wondered about the wisdom of washing my car in the winter Somehow it seems to me that spraying the salt off my car might do more harm than good by allowing the salt...

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"Little Honda on the Prairie"

11.01.1990

Would you like to hear the end of a story The story of the -year-old woman planning an extended tour of the western half of the United States in a high mileage eight-year-old Honda Accord With her dog for company...

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Mac's Dodge Swinger

11.01.1990

I own a Dodge Swinger I use only leaded gasoline But since leaded gas these days has only a tiny bit of lead in it should I use one of these bottled lead substitutes Mac RAY Not to change the...

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Unocal oil company saves world from unsightly jalopies

11.01.1990

ideas TOM What You going to keep quiet this week RAY No listen to what the Unocal oil company is doing in California They're crushing thousands of old jalopies TOM That's terrible Someone call the police Tell them to keep...

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Should I pre-lube my lemon?

11.01.1990

I am a doctor who has always had a great desire to completely overhaul an automobile from stem to stern Finally since I have no background I bought some books and then went looking for a car I figured a...

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Does my husband really need to down-shift?

11.01.1990

I have a Plymouth Turismo with a five-speed manual transmission My husband drives the car whenever we travel somewhere He always down-shifts when he passes another car Please explain the point of leaving fifth gear when the car is moving...

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Should I drive fast or slow on a dirt road?

11.01.1990

I drive on a dirt road approximately two miles daily I have heard opposing suggestions about the best way to drive on dirt roads One theory is to drive slowly - mph so the bumps will not cause so much...

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Diagnosis: an acute case of cheapskatery

11.01.1990

We recently bought an ' Toyota Corolla Diesel from my mother-in-law The car runs great but we're having a problem with the air conditioning When you start the car it works fine But then the light on the A C...

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Should I trust the manual or tire for proper tire pressure?

11.01.1990

I have a ' Hyundai It says on the tire that maximum pressure is psi But the owner's manual says psi Why the big difference Alice TOM The number on the tire's sidewall psi is the maximum pressure you can...

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Do you want the short answer?

10.01.1990

My friend and co-worker has a Volvo with miles on it The car seems to have chronic ailments front end transmission distributor etc which are always big dollar items To add insult to injury once a mechanic works on it...

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