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Which Is Better for Oil Change -- Cold or Warm?

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oil oil changes DIY

Oct 01, 1998

How do cars catch fire when they haven't been in an accident?

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I don't have a car so I take the train to work every day Between the train station and office building my company runs a shuttle bus which is a modified passenger van After getting off the train this morning...

fire

Oct 01, 1998

Does my boyfriend's 1.9 liter engine have the muscle to get us through the mountainous parts of a cross-country roadtrip?

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I am a student in Austin Texas After I graduate my boyfriend and I are heading to Portland Ore in his Saturn SL Here's where you come in Brett that's the boyfriend is a rugged outdoorsy type dying to take...

road trips horsepower

Oct 01, 1998

Could a mechanic have removed the oil from my differential if it's a "closed system" without a drain plug?

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I have an Olds Bravada with miles on it Last month I had the car serviced oil lube brake work and set out on a trip After miles the front end differential went out I had it towed to a...

liability oil changes

Oct 01, 1998

How can I tell if my motor mounts really need replacing...and is it dangerous if I don't replace them?

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I own a ' Ford Taurus with miles on it It's been a great car and has been well taken care of A service rep at my local Ford dealer told me I have two broken engine mounts and offered...

motor mounts

Oct 01, 1998

Can I get around fixing that cylinder leak by simply adding more coolant every week?

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I have a Saturn with miles on it I had the low engine coolant light come on frequently and suspected a leak in the cooling system When I took the car to the Saturn dealership they said that the cylinder...

leaks coolant

Oct 01, 1998

In a winter road salt state (Minnesota, Utah, etc.) is it better to have a heated or unheated garage?

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In a brutal winter road salt state like Minnesota is it better for the car to have a heated garage or an unheated garage Obviously it is better for the driver to have a heated garage But it seems like...

winter rust storage

Oct 01, 1998

Will using my car's speakers at the drive-in movie theater drain my battery and leave me stranded?

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My co-worker and I got into a discussion of drive-in theaters We were getting nostalgic when I said I don't like to go anymore because they don't have the speakers and you have to use your own car radio to...

batteries

Sep 01, 1998

What could cause three axles and three CV joints to blow in three days if it's not the motor mounts?

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Help My friend has a Dodge Caravan V with an automatic transmission The driver's-side axle has been replaced three times in four days The same thing keeps happening The inner CV joint keeps blowing apart within about yards All three...

axles ball joints struts diagnostics subframes

Sep 01, 1998

If you have an extended warranty do you still get to have a say in where you go for repairs and parts?

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In your experience do people who purchase extended warranties have to take what is offered when their vehicle is in need of repair or may we demand replacement parts better than scrap-yard parts -- David TOM Even though extended warranties...

warranties