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

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Jul 01, 1996

How is it that coolant, aka "anti-freeze", can protect against both hot and cold temperatures?

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This is not really a car question but it has to do with a car It will help you to know that I'm from Canada where winters are very cold My husband kept running away then I met this great...

science coolant

Jul 01, 1996

Going through coolant like crazy but my garage floor doesn't show signs of leaks. Am I burning it?

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I'm a retired oldster and I drive a Chrysler LeBaron with a turbo I bought it new and it now has miles Shopping doctoring and occasional visiting are my only driving activities and I'm now using my neighborhood garage and...

leaks coolant

Jul 01, 1996

What do you think of the BMW 318ti?

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I'm thinking about buying a BMW ti I'm in my early s married with two dogs It seems to be just the type of car for people like me But since it's only been out for a year or so...

reviews BMW 318 1996

Jul 01, 1996

True or False: There are bacteria lining the roadways that eat up worn tire tread material.

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I saw one of your old columns in which you wondered what happened to all the tread worn off tires New Jersey was concerned about that some years ago and determined that bacteria had developed along major freeways like the...

science tires

Jul 01, 1996

When should a battery be replaced in a car?

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When should the battery be replaced in a car My husband says that I should get a new one for my ' Olds Cutlass Supreme that has miles Since the battery has never acted up is it really necessary --...

batteries

Jul 01, 1996

Are all cars constructed of the same materials? What should I look for when buying?

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Are all cars constructed of the same materials I know the bodies are made of a steel frame but what is the rest of the car made of I was told some cars have a lot of plastic -- doors...

buying manufacturing

Jul 01, 1996

If the check engine light goes on after the car warms up, is it still a problem?

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If anyone ever told this female that I'd be looking forward to an automotive column every week I'd never have believed it But it's true I'm writing because our Mercury Marquis has an ailment that our mechanic cannot solve My...

check engine light

Jul 01, 1996

Are shocks impacted by weather?

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My car is a Ford Taurus GL bought secondhand last September with miles on it This past winter whenever the temperature went down to freezing or below the ride became very rough and even going over a little stone caused...

suspension winter

Jul 01, 1996

Crankshaft started leaking after a timing belt change. Coincidence?

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The timing belt in my -cylinder Toyota Camry was replaced at miles at a foreign-car repair shop Upon a free complete auto inspection at the Toyota dealership a little over a year later it was discovered that the timing belt...

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