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Am I wasting money by changing oil more frequently than the manufacturer recommends?

09.01.2000

Since installing a new cubic-inch engine in my Chevy G Van I have been using Mobil synthetic oil It says I can wait miles between oil changes but I change it every miles Will this prolong the life of my...

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Escort hasn't overheated but it's running hot.

08.01.2000

I have a Escort LX hatchback that runs hot when sitting in slow traffic or at an extended stoplight It has never overheated but merely moves into the high range As soon as I return to highway driving it drops...

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Help! Smoke's coming out of the steering column.

08.01.2000

I have a ' Cadillac Seville SLS The problem is smoke coming out of the steering column I've had the car back to the dealer about three times for this and the mechanics still can't fix it Smoke comes out...

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I'm the original owner of a ' Nissan Sentra with...

08.01.2000

I'm the original owner of a ' Nissan Sentra with miles on it It came equipped with the -liter engine that has thus far been outstanding except for its lack of power I am a private investigator and spend approximately...

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