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A perplexing question deserves and perplexing answer.

01.01.1992

I have a perplexing question Is an automatic transmission more dangerous than a stick shift when a car dies Is steering more difficult and dangerous Ned TOM Well Ned a perplexing question deserves a perplexing answer And we've got one...

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Federal law restricts re-attaching a converter to a car.

01.01.1992

The muffler and catalytic converter on my Oldsmobile fell off due to a faulty clamp I took the car to a Midas shop where the muffler was previously installed The manager told me he couldn't re-attach the converter even though...

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Is the hot air tube even necessary?

01.01.1992

I have a Mustang which I only use during the winter in southern Arizona I took it to a local mechanic because I heard a rattle in the engine His diagnosis was hot air tube vibrating and making noise against...

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Is the head liner really necessary?

01.01.1992

I have a Cadillac four-door sedan The head liner is falling down Is there anything I can do to repair it or must I pay to an upholstery business John RAY Well John there's nothing that says you have to...

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