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Could your car be used as a source of electricity in an emergency?

05.01.2003

Here's a burning question that I have wanted to ask Can a car be used as an emergency source of electricity for a short period Here's the deal You can purchase converters that turn -volt power into -volt AC boxes...

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Could installing directional tires backwards cause an accident in the snow?

05.01.2003

On a snowy morning this past winter my work buddy crashed into a guardrail When he took the car to the body shop he was told that his tires were installed backward Is this possible and can improper tire installation...

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Is it true that by placing a fist on your windshield you can prevent it from shattering?

05.01.2003

I am a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon in Africa Maybe you've never been to Africa but generally despite romantic images of dirt roads leading off into dark forests most of the highways in Africa are paved Except in Gabon...

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Is this long list of services really necessary on a car with only 37k miles?

05.01.2003

I have a Honda Civic that just received its -mile service The dealer said that I also needed a transmission flush coolant flush fuel-injector cleaning and my clutch checked and bled Does my car really need all that flushing and...

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