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

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Oct 01, 1995

Is it possible to swap out a manual transmission for an automatic?

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My daughter has given me her car a VW Jetta which is a stick shift I am having difficulty shifting and wonder if I could have the transmission changed to an automatic Or would it be cheaper and safer to...

manual transmissions transmissions

Oct 01, 1995

Is a rubber plug sufficient to stop an oil leak?

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I'm writing for my daughter who is a single parent with two kids and little income The oil pan on her Nova with miles has been stripped We installed a self-tapping replacement drain plug but after a while that leaked...

leaks

Oct 01, 1995

Differentials, explained.

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I bought a new Mercury Sable wagon back in Several times I've noticed that only one of the front wheels has power transmitted to it for traction purposes This has resulted in one wheel spinning on snow covered surfaces while...

differentials

Oct 01, 1995

Mr. Goodwrench owes you more than a temporary fix.

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I own a Chevy pickup Early in its life it developed an engine noise After a few thousand miles a new short block was installed in the motor under warranty Now I have an interior coolant leak of some kind...

liability

Oct 01, 1995

What could cause vibration upon acceleration?

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We have a Olds with miles on it It gets serviced regularly at the dealership and always by the book Between - miles per hour the car begins to vibrate but only when accelerating When we drive faster than mph...

axles

Oct 01, 1995

What can I do with a car that isn't fit to sell?

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I have a ' Buick with a dead battery that didn't run very well even when the battery wasn't dead I have to admit it's not worth much of anything so I don't feel right selling it to anybody Other...

Vehicle Donation Program junkyards

Oct 01, 1995

Why do you recommend putting a manual transmission into neutral at a stoplight?

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In your pamphlet Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car you guys mention in number that if you are driving a manual transmission you should put the car in Neutral and take your foot off the clutch when you're...

manual transmissions driving tips

Oct 01, 1995

Does moving my electric seat with the engine turned off drain my car's battery?

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Before I start my car I move the electric seat forward so I can reach the gas pedal My boyfriend screams at me constantly and informs me that I am killing the battery this way Please am I doing something...

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Oct 01, 1995

If I burn through all the oil in my VW Bug, do I need to bother changing it?

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I am the proud owner of a ' VW Bug It is a great little car but leaks about a quart of oil every miles Since it only holds three quarts and since I have put in three quarts by...

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