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Is this idling speed a problem, or just a feature of small cars?

07.01.1995

I recently bought a ' Ford Aspire and while I'm a long time Ford owner I've never owned a small car While I love my new little car I have noticed that after starting my car if I turn on...

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With only 10k miles on it, your muffler is most likely not the culprit!

07.01.1995

A muffler garage mechanic and two Toyota repair estimators couldn't tell me why the muffler on my Toyota Camry four cylinder literally blew up After driving about miles in the mountains I heard a pop The muffler had bulged and...

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Why do Dodge Darts last forever?

07.01.1995

My wife thinks I'm crazy because I'm an old Dodge Dart nut I presently own two of them One is a Dart slant six with miles The other is a mint Dart slant six with miles used only in good...

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Readers weigh in on the historical significance of parking lights.

07.01.1995

You recently asked for readers ideas on why parking lights should still be on cars This will date me but all I can remember using parking lights for was at the drive-in movies My family would all go together and...

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