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Why do rotors need turning when brake pads get replaced?

10.01.2003

In your column about breaking in brake pads you said that the pads need to be broken in so that they match the grooves and ridges from the previous say miles of stopping That makes perfect sense to me So...

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Blowing a Toyota engine without any warning at only 57k miles? Sounds fishy.

09.01.2003

Help Our third Toyota Camry with K miles blew a piston last week The oil light never came on until the last few seconds of the engine's life The car never leaked oil in its parking spot We had the...

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Can you recommend a convertible that is safe and sexy (emphasis on safe)?

09.01.2003

I'm hoping you can offer my boyfriend some insight He currently has a beautiful BMW Z which he bought after his last girlfriend dumped him He loves it But we witnessed a horrible accident last week which got him thinking...

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Recommendations for an SUV/van that could be a "vet-mobile"...and my personal vehicle to boot?

09.01.2003

I'm looking for a vehicle to be my vet-mobile I'm a mobile veterinarian and am looking for a used SUV minivan with four-wheel drive that's durable for horrible nasty roads lots of snow and llama spit I have a fiberglass...

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