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Is it bad to leave cars parked on an incline?

10.01.2000

My partner and I recently bought a new house The driveway up to the garage is inclined We are hoping to someday get our cars or at least one of them into the garage but we are presently having work...

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What's behind this 4-Runner's red hot exhaust manifold?

10.01.2000

My ' Toyota Runner's exhaust manifold turns cherry red every time I drive it I know this is not normal but I haven't found a mechanic who can diagnose the problem First I brought it to the exhaust shop because...

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Can I replace all-terrain tires with all-season tires?

10.01.2000

I have a Ford Explorer with P R Wilderness AT tires My particular tires have NOT been recalled at least not yet But I'd feel safer replacing them My owner's guide recommends replacing them only with other all-terrain tires Although...

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White smoke from the tail pipe. Problem?

10.01.2000

I have a brand spankin' new Nissan Maxima About three days ago it did the weirdest thing It started right up but immediately started making a weird noise And at the same time it blew thick plumes of white smoke...

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