Horn spontaneously honking in winter temps.

05.01.2003

The temperature in my Minnesota town at a m last night was minus which was still not as cold as the letter of rejection I recently received from Harvard's Graduate School of Education But I digress At a m I...

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Any thoughts on buying a school bus to take to Burning Man?

05.01.2003

I along with about friends am determined to go to the Burning Man festival in Nevada this summer We would like to purchase or rent a school bus capable of making the round trip from Seattle Is this feasible Where...

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Why is it bad to let a car idle on cold mornings?

05.01.2003

I know we aren't supposed to let our vehicles sit outside on frigid mornings motor on idling to warm up while we quaff another cup of Earl Grey I've heard you mention that before What I can't remember is why...

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My husband won't shift until the tachometer shows 4k rpms. Problem?

05.01.2003

I hope you can help settle an issue between me and my psychoanalyst husband It's about how to drive my Saturn SL My hubby went out and bought a BMW motorcycle this past spring Since then he's announced that we've...

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Should I be concerned about an all-aluminum engine?

05.01.2003

I am considering buying a Toyota Corolla but I'm concerned that it has an all aluminum engine After the disaster with the aluminum engine of the Chevy Vega is it likely that Toyota is sacrificing quality for price Should I...

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Could your car be used as a source of electricity in an emergency?

05.01.2003

Here's a burning question that I have wanted to ask Can a car be used as an emergency source of electricity for a short period Here's the deal You can purchase converters that turn -volt power into -volt AC boxes...

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Could installing directional tires backwards cause an accident in the snow?

05.01.2003

On a snowy morning this past winter my work buddy crashed into a guardrail When he took the car to the body shop he was told that his tires were installed backward Is this possible and can improper tire installation...

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Is it true that by placing a fist on your windshield you can prevent it from shattering?

05.01.2003

I am a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon in Africa Maybe you've never been to Africa but generally despite romantic images of dirt roads leading off into dark forests most of the highways in Africa are paved Except in Gabon...

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Is this long list of services really necessary on a car with only 37k miles?

05.01.2003

I have a Honda Civic that just received its -mile service The dealer said that I also needed a transmission flush coolant flush fuel-injector cleaning and my clutch checked and bled Does my car really need all that flushing and...

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