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Night Driving without Lights Isn't Very Bright

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A reader enlists Ray's help in ending neighbor's dangerous behavior.

headlights alternators safety

Feb 01, 1990

The age old stinky milk problem...

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A half-gallon of milk rolled out of my grocery sack and under the seat of my car I thought I left the milk at the store The car soon began to smell awful I took it to the dealer to...

smells

Feb 01, 1990

Am I doomed to die at some God-forsaken intersection?

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I have a Plymouth Satellite V- with miles on the engine I can't seem to fix the accelerator pump When the engine is cold the car will die when I attempt to accelerate like when I start up from a...

Feb 01, 1990

A radio that only plays country music...

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I have a problem with the digital radio on my Mazda On occasion it blanks out I lose the FM stations and it appears to lose all power When it dies the tape deck will still play and I can...

sound systems

Feb 01, 1990

Is it my head, or my car's, that is cracked?

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Last February I bought a Ford Galaxy with an cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission I have recently been going through quite a bit of oil I went to check the water one day and found out where my oil...

leaks engines

Feb 01, 1990

Unlike wine, motor oil doesn't improve with age.

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Approximately how long will name brand multi-viscosity oil retain its lubricating and protective qualities when kept in the original sealed container Vic TOM Forever but if I were you I wouldn't keep it that long RAY Unlike wine motor oil...

oil storage

Feb 01, 1990

My jerky Celebrity...

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I have a Chevrolet Celebrity with a V- engine and miles The car runs fine and gets good mileage on the highway but when I start to reduce my speed on the exit ramp the car develops a jerky motion...

transmissions

Feb 01, 1990

Why does my heater blow cold air?

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My Chevy Luv pick-up truck runs and behaves just fine But last week I noticed a strange thing that happened twice Once while discharging a passenger and again while waiting for a longer-than-average red light the heater started blowing cold...

heating

Feb 01, 1990

Where can I buy a compass for my car?

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Where can I buy a good quality compass to mount on the dash of my Sedan DeVille Charles RAY For craft of this size we recommend you go to your nearest marine supply house TOM If you don't know where...

navigation

Jan 01, 1990

Why does my plastic air deflector scrape the road in the cold?

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I purchased a new Chevy Celebrity Eurosport During the winter months the front plastic air deflector below the front bumper scrapes the road whenever I go over a bump The scraping only occurs when the temperature drops below degrees What...

winter