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How much does rust impact a vehicle's overall function and safety?

01.01.1999

How does excessive rust affect the suspension braking fuel lines and general safety of a vehicle How does rust affect the resale value of a car Should the owner of a car with excessive rust in the above systems be...

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A piece of plastic fell into my engine while filling it with oil. How much damage have I done?

01.01.1999

Two weeks ago I was putting a quart of oil into my Saturn SL Much to my horror the little plastic ring that's supposed to stay on the bottle after you twist off the cap fell into the engine It...

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Turns out a lot of you agree with us: Cell phone use while driving should be illegal.

01.01.1999

the amount of mail we received over the cell phone column we wrote some weeks ago While we expected to get hate mail from the cell phone industry we'll print that in an upcoming column we were stunned by how...

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Is my battery suffering from always jump-starting my friend's car?

12.01.1998

My loser friend keeps asking me to jump-start his loser car I've done it about five times now and I'm about ready to tell him where he can put his jumper cables Is my battery going to suffer from all...

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