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How hot can a catalytic converter get before it causes damage?

07.01.1999

I have an exhaust question for you How hot can a catalytic converter get before there is damage The reason I'm asking is because a local muffler shop demonstrated with some sort of heat-detection device that while my engine was...

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Should you deflate your tires before driving on the beach?

07.01.1999

My girlfriend and are having a disagreement over the need to adjust tire pressures on her Jeep Wagoneer when we drive on the beach She says that she has been given the advice to deflate the tires before going on...

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Cruise control for short distance driving.

07.01.1999

A dumb question from a not-so-dumb person Am I doing any harm to my cruise- control system by using cruise control for short distances of less than a mile in city driving -- Adell TOM This isn't really a mechanical...

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What could be causing my speedometer to fail and the "check engine light" to come on?

07.01.1999

I have a Jeep Cherokee with four-wheel drive and the liter straight six I love it However occasionally the speedometer fails to register and the check engine light comes on This usually occurs on the first trip of the day...

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