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How to prevent wildlife invasion and smells? Park in a garage.

06.01.2004

I have a problem I recently bought a Subaru Loyale I hope it will be the best car I ever bought but there is one small problem The heat stinks The smell is an alluring combination of cat pee ammonia...

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Shutting off the engine frequently to save gas: good or bad idea?

06.01.2004

I seem to recall arguments going back to the original oil embargo about whether it's good or bad to shut off the engine frequently to save gas I remember people saying it's bad for the engine That makes me wonder...

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Does an OEM part mean it was made by the car manufacturer?

06.01.2004

My son's Chevy Caprice Classic is leaking radiator fluid and a local garage told us it needs a new radiator The cost of an OEM radiator was estimated to be plus two hours of labor I looked on the Internet...

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Can I spray my undercarriage with motor oil to prevent rust damage from salty Vermont roads?

06.01.2004

I live up in Vermont and I just bought a new Toyota Tacoma Many of the people in my town tell me that they protect their vehicles from winter salt damage by having their undercarriages sprayed with used motor oil...

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