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Which Is Better for Oil Change -- Cold or Warm?

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Nov 01, 1998

Is there anything I can do to make my truck ride a bit more like a Lexus?

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As the head of Buildings and Grounds for my family I needed and purchased a Nissan X pickup truck Unfortunately my real work fundraising consultant to snooty private schools requires that I log many miles especially on the New Jersey...

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Nov 01, 1998

Why do struts have to be replaced in pairs?

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I've got a simple question Why do struts have to be replaced in pairs I have a ' Cavalier that had new struts put on a year ago after getting hit while parked The same thing happened this year and...

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Nov 01, 1998

Is there any reason that the threads on the lug nuts of a Dodge Dart are threaded in the opposite direction of all other cars?

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Last night I was sitting on my porch having a cold one and my girlfriend mentioned to me that she would like me to show her how to change a tire As I began to confidently explain to her the...

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Oct 01, 1998

The power steering dies every time we drive through a puddle.

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Whenever we drive through a downpour and hit a big puddle the power steering on our Chrysler Town and Country dies After a few moments it's restored What's going on We figured there must be some electrical connection that's shorting...

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Oct 01, 1998

Can a PROM chip help boost horsepower in my slightly gutless Explorer?

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I am the proud owner of a Ford Expedition Although I know you guys think it's too big and a gas guzzler I like it The only problem is that I wish I had gotten the liter engine instead of...

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Oct 01, 1998

Which small SUV would you recommend for someone who won't be going off-road?

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I'm finally going to buy my first new vehicle I'd like it to last for many years Since I don't know anything about car repair either I'd like a vehicle that's reliable and won't be in the shop a lot...

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Oct 01, 1998

Have you ever heard of a "Bon Ami" ring job?

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Have you ever heard of a Bon Ami ring job I have an oil- and gas-guzzling Dodge Van with a V I had a compression test done which revealed two or three cylinders with compression below An old-timer friend of...

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Oct 01, 1998

How much damage could I do by using the parking brake while my teenager is learning to drive a stick?

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I own a Subaru GL wagon x with a five-speed manual transmission I have managed to keep this car running and looking good through the years and hope to keep it for many more I am considering using this car...

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Oct 01, 1998

That "roasted popcorn smell" could have been roasted acorns...if parked under an oak tree.

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I was listening to your NPR radio show a few weeks ago and heard a woman ask about a smell like burned or roasted popcorn She thought it was coming from her car's exhaust You were correct I think in...

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