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Could driving my truck through a puddle be enough to hydro-lock an engine?

08.01.1999

My ' Toyota truck drowned going through a BIG puddle When I first tried to restart it the starter grunted and gave up So I waited for everything to dry out Unfortunately it still does the same thing Jump-starting doesn't...

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When is it time to stop following the manufacturer's maintenance schedule?

08.01.1999

When is it time to stop following the manufacturer's maintenance schedule I have a Volvo Turbo Wagon with miles on it For the most part I have brought it to the dealer for all of the scheduled maintenance That means...

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Was any permanent damage done when the oil change guys forgot to refill the oil?

07.01.1999

My son took his ' Ford Probe in for an oil change yesterday and they forgot to refill it with oil He drove it about miles before it quit on him He pulled into a parking lot and called me...

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Can I enlarge my Voyager's seating capacity with a "new" seat from the junkyard?

07.01.1999

My family has just been enlarged by three boys under the age of Grandma got custody My question is is it possible to enlarge the seating capacity of my ' Plymouth Voyager from a five-passenger van to a seven-passenger We...

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