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Is it OK to glue in a stripped drain plug?

10.01.2001

My son and I were with our mechanic Jeff one Saturday morning when he was changing the oil in our minivan Before he even touched the drain plug with a wrench Jeff asked us where the oil had been changed...

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Will using 5th gear "loosen up" my high mileage engine?

10.01.2001

I've got a Toyota Camry with more than miles on it A guy I know told me that I shouldn't use Fifth gear on a car with that many miles on it He said using Fifth gear would allow the...

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Is the Volkswagen Thing safe to drive around a small town?

10.01.2001

Before I went away to college I bought a ' Volkswagen Thing that I keep at my mom's house My mom Miss Nader won't let me drive it She says it's unsafe at any speed Would you please tell my...

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We continue to get mail about testing senior drivers...

09.01.2001

by mail about whether older drivers should be tested to make sure they still have the vision judgment and physical abilities necessary to drive a car Most of the mail has supported our position that testing after a certain age...

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