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That Faulty Air Bag Light Requires a Scan

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Don't ignore or tape over this one, even if you have a helmet handy.

airbags Honda Accord 1996

Mar 01, 1998

Is a 100lb dog enough reason to justify buying a Chevy Suburban?

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We need your help in resolving a dispute We have done our research and have come up with three possible new cars Ford Expedition Chevy Suburban and Chevy Tahoe We are now ready to throw darts and choose one Our...

SUVs buying

Mar 01, 1998

What to do with this Tercel's plugged up radiator.

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My ' Tercel temperature gauge approaches the red mark when I drive on the highway At speeds under it's fine Turning on the heat inside the car seems to make the needle go down a little I have had the...

radiators

Mar 01, 1998

Your rotors are humming, Phil.

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I did a front-end brake job on my ' Dodge Ram truck I took the front rotors off and had them turned at a local shop I put in new pads and put everything back together correctly I drove away...

rotors noises

Mar 01, 1998

If your local mechanic has already replaced two clutches, it's time to let the dealer have a crack.

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Unless you can give me an answer to my problem I may need to sell my car on a cold morning in the dead of winter I have a Nissan SX with a five-speed transmission When I first start the...

clutches diagnostics

Mar 01, 1998

Fact or fiction: Diesel is less polluting than gasoline.

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My husband is buying a new Ford pickup He wants to buy a diesel engine because he says it's more fuel-efficient will last longer and is less polluting than gas I don't know about the first two but I find...

diesel emissions science

Mar 01, 1998

Can you recommend a small AWD vehicle for my petite wife?

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I'm about to purchase a new vehicle primarily for my wife's use She has no interest in being involved in the purchase decision but will be the first to let me know if I've made a mistake after the fact...

buying AWD

Feb 01, 1998

Any car recommendations for tall people?

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I want to buy a new or recent-model car but I am very tall and can't find one that allows me to see out of the windshield without looking through the tinted glass at the top Some models have enough...

buying

Feb 01, 1998

It's usually a good idea to make the repairs that cause your "Check Engine Light" to come on.

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I was traveling along the highway in my Pontiac Transport Suddenly the Service Engine Soon light came on I drove about minutes to the next exit turned off the engine and waited After a while I turned the engine back...

check engine light valves

Feb 01, 1998

Should a 16-Year-Old Have His Own Car?

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Last week we asked whether a 16-year-old should have his or her own car, and the readers have spoken. Overall, they are against the idea, two to one. You can read some of the best arguments for and against right here.

polls teens