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Night Driving without Lights Isn't Very Bright

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headlights alternators safety

Mar 01, 1990

What causes wear on the idler arms?

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I keep noticing that my tires are wearing on the outside edge of the tread I felt it was a matter of keeping the front end in alignment However at the Sears Auto Center I am being told that the...

alignment

Mar 01, 1990

My warm-blooded car...

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I recently bought a Nissan ZX The used-car dealer told me it had just been tuned up but it runs roughly and makes white smoke first thing in the morning After about or minutes it runs great Is this car...

gaskets

Mar 01, 1990

What do you think about Pontiac Firebirds?

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I would like to know if you have heard about any problems concerning and Pontiac Firebirds Kevin RAY No Other than the fact that they can't be driven in snow and you can't see out of them we haven't heard...

Pontiac Firebird

Mar 01, 1990

What causes condesnsation on the dipstick?

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I have a Mercury Marquis with a V- engine When I pull out the dipstick to check the oil level I sometimes see beads of moisture on the stick What causes this Bill RAY This is caused by condensation inside...

oil

Mar 01, 1990

A new car for Granny...

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I am one of those little old ladies in tennis shoes that needs a new car I'm replacing my ' Cutlass Supreme which has a cubic inch V- It has terrific pick-up When they talk about liters in the new...

engines

Mar 01, 1990

Tempermental convertible top...

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I have a question regarding the only decent thing I got from my divorce--a Delta Convertible that runs great But sometimes the electric top doesn't work at all Keeping in mind that the top is in bad shape and I'm...

convertibles

Feb 01, 1990

My overheating Honda...

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I have a Honda Accord with an overheating problem I was on my way back from Las Vegas It was degrees in the shade I was heading up a ten mile long hill into a strong head wind and the...

gaskets engines summer

Feb 01, 1990

Is my dealer justified in charging for the labor costs of rags and lubricants?

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Being a frugal person a k a cheapskate I am infuriated with the local Honda dealer who charges an additional per hour of the labor rate for materials such as rags and lubricants Am I the only one who thinks...

garage policies dealers

Feb 01, 1990

No signs of my leaking coolant...

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I have an ' Buick LeSabre and I have to fill the bottle up with coolant every few months The radiator is full and I don't have any leaks Where is it going Pam TOM Were you paying attention in...

leaks