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Why do so many car names end with an "a"?

01.01.1990

We were wondering why so many car makers use names that end with a For example Supra Corsica Honda Daytona Maxima Beretta Miata etc Do the car makers just have an incredible lack of imagination Anthony and Dan TOM We...

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Draining the brake system v. bleeding the lines?

01.01.1990

I have read that all brake fluid should be bled out from time to time because it absorbs water Are they talking about draining the entire system or just bleeding the lines Also how often should this be done Joseph...

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My husband always leaves the light on...

01.01.1990

My husband the absent minded professor drives a Mitsubishi Galant He's very happy with the car but has one major problem He invariably leaves the lights on and runs the battery down to where he has to get a jump...

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Lights that won't come on...

01.01.1990

We have two Grand Am Pontiacs in our family both of which have the same problem In cold weather when the headlights are turned on the dashboard lights don't come on A few miles down the road they come on...

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