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

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oil oil changes DIY

May 01, 1996

Plastic versus metal radiators.

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The radiator on my Mercury Marquis with miles needed replacing and much to my surprise it was plastic It was a bigger surprise when a new one cost plus labor Please give me your opinion on plastic radiators Is Ford...

radiators

May 01, 1996

Big puffs of smoke and lots of racket whenever I downshift.

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I purchased a Ford Ranger V -speed The truck runs like a charm My problem is when I downshift into second gear and accelerate the engine pings very loudly and sounds like a diesel and belches out blue oily smoke...

engines

May 01, 1996

Regular or premium unleaded? Follow the manufacturer's recommendation.

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We really enjoy your column Our car is a Honda Accord Our service man tells us that we would get better mileage as well as a cleaner engine if we use unleaded premium gas instead of the recommended -- and...

gasoline

May 01, 1996

Separating fact from fiction regarding timing belt changes.

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Thanks for your irreverent and uplifting oily and greasy advice My question is one of timing Timing belts that is I have an Acura Legend four-door midnight blue with miles I have received three different opinions about changing the timing...

timing belts maintenance

Apr 01, 1996

Sluggish starts? Check these three things.

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My Renault Alliance -liter has more power in Reverse than in Drive What can I do to stop the sluggishness when starting from a stopped position -- Ariel RAY The truth is most cars feel zippy in Reverse because the...

engines ignition catalytic converters

Apr 01, 1996

Is it still true that you shouldn't put a car battery on the concrete floor of a garage?

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My wife drives minutes to work five days a week After a recent vacation when she didn't drive the car for a few weeks I found the battery dead I took the battery out and trotted up to the local...

batteries

Apr 01, 1996

Is there a warning for when your brakes are about to fail?

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Please help You fellows are a dear to us single females who own cars What does a driver do when her brakes fail This happened to me and it was a hellish experience believe me I had a Dodge Dart...

brakes warning lights emergencies

Apr 01, 1996

Can I disconnect my rear defroster?

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My husband just bought me a ' Chevy Cavalier It has a rear defogger If I had this disconnected would it be harmful to my car in any way The reason for disconnecting it is that we live in a...

defrosters

Apr 01, 1996

Anything I can do to give my Suzuki Samurai a power boost?

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I recently bought an ' Suzuki Samarai It was a good value runs well and looks great However it is really under powered for some of the driving I have to do and quite unstable at times Is there anything...

horsepower Suzuki Samurai