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Can you think of any reason why a catalytic converter would catch fire while driving?

09.01.1999

Can you think of any reason why a catalytic converter would catch fire while driving -- Sharon TOM No RAY I've certainly never seen it happen And I've had cars come into the shop with converters that were absolutely glowing...

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Will different brands of gas, all of the same octane, produce different mpg results?

09.01.1999

Because I don't think about cars at all unless there's one coming at me at a rapid speed this question may be very dumb My sister says that different brands of gas even though they're the same octane will produce...

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Any suggestions for fixing rust, short of a visit to the body shop?

09.01.1999

My car has spots of rust Please teach me the best way to treat it I've retouched it but it continues to spread A friend told me to sand off the rust and then retouch it I think that only...

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My dealer is unwilling to find the source of the wind noise my car generates. What can I do?

09.01.1999

I read your column every week and am writing to you with an urgent plea for help with my almost-new Toyota Camry V- LE At speeds of mph and above the car sounds like it's going through a wind tunnel...

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