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A First? Car Talk saves Gary money

03.01.1991

Thanks I would like to express my appreciation for your article on General Motors power steering problems The problem you described difficult steering for a few minutes when the car is cold was exactly what I had experienced with my...

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It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a campus commuter?

03.01.1991

I am a student who needs a car to get around campus I am contemplating purchasing a Volkswagen Bug since it is a relatively cheap car that's good on gas What is the right year to get and what things...

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How to get an accurate oil level reading

03.01.1991

I have a Dodge Spirit with miles My problem is I can't get a true reading on the oil dipstick--whether the engine is hot or cold Am I safe in waiting until the oil light comes on until worrying about...

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Driver education alert! Low light headlight etiquette

03.01.1991

With more cars and trucks sporting additional sets of headlights can you help educate drivers on their proper use By turning on every light available drivers get to show off how much they spent on their imported car or sports...

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We don't need anymore stamps!

03.01.1991

don't send any more self addressed stamped envelopes My brother and I already have enough stamps to pay our utility bills for the next years TOM As much as we'd love to we can't answer your letters personally It's hard...

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A mountain out of a molehill

03.01.1991

I own a Nissan Stanza with miles I have a problem that is perplexing I hear a squeal from under the hood that lasts a few seconds and then disappears It seems to squeal on turns and occasionally upon acceleration...

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Advice for cleaning the engine compartments

03.01.1991

Please give me your best advice on cleaning engine compartments Do they need it How often What's the best method Thanks for the advice Vern RAY Well Vern the slobs of the world my brother included will be delighted to...

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How to deal with a husband and the squeak he won't hear

03.01.1991

My husband won't listen to my fourteen year old son and me when we tell him about the Phantom squeak in my ' blue Mustang The squeak comes from the steering wheel area when I press on the gas pedal...

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Springs have sprung when Harold jacks his car

03.01.1991

I have a Chevy Caprice Classic that I bought used I do all the maintenance on the car myself When I jack the rear wheels off the ground the rear springs fall out There doesn't seem to be anything holding...

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Manual vs. automatic transmissions: Which tows better?

03.01.1991

In a vehicle used to tow a travel trailer if both were operated and maintained properly which type of transmission would likely require the least repair an automatic or manual I plan to keep the tow vehicle approximately miles Fred...

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