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Can I improve my car's clearance by simply buying bigger tires?

05.01.1998

We live up a very steep and unforgiving road on the north side of St Thomas U S Virgin Islands There are several spots that require exceptional steering dexterity Top speed is about mph The bottom of our Honda Civic...

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The "check engine light" comes on every once in a while but my mechanic says everything checks out. Should I worry?

05.01.1998

I drive an ' Dodge Colt I have a question about my little treasure After I drive my car for about a mile the Check Engine light comes on It goes out again within five minutes This happens just about...

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Should I be concerned about my "milky" looking oil?

05.01.1998

I have a Taurus SHO with miles Last week I had the oil changed and the attendant advised me that my old oil appeared milky When I asked him what that meant he could only offer a shrug and a...

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Why can our mechanic get our van to pass emissions, but we can't?

05.01.1998

We own a Chevy Van which we bought used Since we've owned it it has not passed our state emissions test We bring it in and it doesn't pass Then we take it to our mechanic and he brings it...

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