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What does it mean to "throw a rod"?

04.01.1990

A friend of mine told me that he had ruined his car engine while driving very fast on a country road He claims he blew a rod and the motor was worthless after that In more technical terms could you...

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Unidentified rattling object...

04.01.1990

I have a Buick LeSabre with a little less than miles on it A white object has partially covered the odometer and I cannot read the mileage I have checked with our mechanic He has no explanation for it and...

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Paying a hefty price to be lazy...

04.01.1990

I recently took my Ford Van back to a dealership for a minor tune-up I was presented with a bill of for labor and for eight spark plugs Two blocks away from the dealership an auto parts store sells identical...

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Why won't my windows defrost in the cold?

04.01.1990

I have Toyota Cressida It's a fine car except that when it gets cold and rains or snows the inside of the my windows fog or ice up What's wrong Wilson RAY Well my first guess is that you forgot...

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