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What advice would you give for maintaining a Miata that winters in our garage?

08.01.1992

I bought my lovely wife a Mazda Miata for her birthday a couple of years ago She enjoys driving it in warm weather and wants to keep it in good condition for many years She stores it during the winter...

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Will mixing different types of brake fluid ruin my master cylinder?

08.01.1992

At the auto parts store I've seen brake fluid listed as both DOT and DOT Are these two compatible I've been told by a friend that these two should not be mixed in the brake master cylinder or it will...

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Should I be concerned about my transmission after a fender bender?

08.01.1992

I am driving a Toyota Camry with an automatic transmission While I was waiting for a traffic light to change my car was hit from the back I was in Drive at the time I think the other car's speed...

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White smoke is coming out of Jim's Honda: new pope or something else?

08.01.1992

I own a Honda Accord five speed with miles I change the oil every miles and monitor all other vi tal fluids The car gets good gas mileage and runs fairly well but I have a problem with white smoke...

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