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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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'Fowl Liver', and other car models.

04.01.1990

How about a column on all these letters on the back of cars I've seen LX LXS LE LES DX LXI DL GL VL LS GT GTS GTI SE SX XLT GSE SLE RS CRX EX just to name a...

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One more trip to the mechanic and I will have to re-mortgage my house.

03.01.1990

If you can solve my problem I will be forever grateful I have a Ford Pick Up Truck The directionals heater and back-up lights will not work in very cold weather unless I pound on the steering column Once working...

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What causes wear on the idler arms?

03.01.1990

I keep noticing that my tires are wearing on the outside edge of the tread I felt it was a matter of keeping the front end in alignment However at the Sears Auto Center I am being told that the...

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My warm-blooded car...

03.01.1990

I recently bought a Nissan ZX The used-car dealer told me it had just been tuned up but it runs roughly and makes white smoke first thing in the morning After about or minutes it runs great Is this car...

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