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What's with people filling their gas tanks with their engines running? Is it really not that dangerous?

09.01.1998

Help me out here I need to know if I have to start wearing my flameproof sweater next time I fill up at the neighborhood gas station The last two times that I filled up the tank at the local...

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Why don't auto makers make an oil dipstick of any color except steel? That's the exact color of clean motor oil!

09.01.1998

I'm an old Yale Divinity School graduate with a question for you Why don't any auto makers make an oil dipstick of any color except steel That's the exact color of clean motor oil A different-colored dipstick would make it...

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How can I remove the smell of the mouse house that was located in my car's blower housing?

09.01.1998

My Honda Civic stinks Last summer we found mice in our Honda They were living in the blower housing We knew this because when we turned the fan on it sounded like the car was going to reach a resonant...

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If safety is my priority, what do you think of the Mazda Millenia?

09.01.1998

I would appreciate your help with a matter that has really been putting a wedge between my husband and me I am driving a Volvo with miles My daughter will start to drive in six months and I want to...

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