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How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen | Business

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How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a 2006 Ford F150 pickup truck. A while ago you answered my question about the fuel gauge sticking. I'm now having the same problem. If I rock the truck and put it back into park, then the gauge works. If I am correct, you said this was a result of too much sulfur in the gas and there is an additive that can used to resolve the problem. I can't remember what additive to use. Can you help me out?

Don from Jasper, IN


The products I recommend to correct this condition are Castle Products’ Dragon Power, Kinetic Labs’ K100G, and Chevron’s Techron fuel injector cleaner. A loose ground wire to the fuel tank sending unit can also cause this problem. It’s located on top of the tank. Better check that, too. Good luck.



Dear Tom,

I own a ’97 Jeep Cherokee. The windshield washers do not squirt the water high enough on the windshield. There doesn't seem to be enough pressure. I can hear the pump working. Can you help?

Ellen from Bossier City, IN


Quite often, the shoots at the base of the windshield or on the wiper arm clog with dried soap. Try clearing the shoots with a paperclip; make sure all hoses are clear as well. If everything is clear, then the washer pump is bad and needs to be replaced. Best to you.



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