Tag: rust

33 Posts

Oct 01, 2002

Can you recommend a rust inhibitor?

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I am the proud owner of a Alfa Romeo GTV I know what you're thinking -- I'm nuts Honestly I'm not Alfas are actually very easy to take care of -- they have simple engines that even a dope like...


Aug 01, 2002

Does radiant heat in garage floors accelerate the rusting process?

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I live in Vermont where we get lots of ice and snow in the winter and roads get a lot of salt spread on them At any given time during the winter a person's car might be encrusted underneath with...

rust winter

Jun 01, 2001

Is it better to purchase a used car in Houston or Minneapolis?

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I currently live in Houston Texas but will be moving to Minneapolis this summer I plan to purchase a used vehicle soon or Toyota Avalon Would I be better off purchasing this vehicle in Houston or in Minneapolis I have...

buying used cars rust

Nov 01, 2000

What do you guys think of add-on packages offered by dealerships?

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I just bought a new Toyota minivan At the last stage of the sale process I was turned over to a different individual from the dealer's back-room sales staff who made a darned good pitch for some add-ons Specifically what...

buying dealers rust

Sep 01, 1999

Any suggestions for fixing rust, short of a visit to the body shop?

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My car has spots of rust Please teach me the best way to treat it I've retouched it but it continues to spread A friend told me to sand off the rust and then retouch it I think that only...

rust repairs DIY body damage

Feb 01, 1999

If you didn't need a new gas tank yet, you probably would real soon.

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I took my Mazda LX to a garage and told them I smelled gas near the tank after driving They said that water collects on the top of the tank in these cars and after years it probably rusted through...

gas tanks rust

Jan 01, 1999

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

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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...


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

Aug 01, 1998

The dealer "over-coated" the rusty undercarriage of the SUV I want to buy. Is it a good idea?

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I am interested in purchasing a Toyota -Runner with miles The vehicle is clean fully loaded and is in great shape with the exception of the undercarriage which is completely rusted The dealership has overcoated it and assures me it...

rust buying used cars

Aug 01, 1998

Could new brakes rust up overnight in an "island atmosphere"?

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We have a Subaru Legacy all-wheel-drive wagon It was recently in to the dealer for its five-year checkup In addition to a tuneup and a timing-belt change they also installed new brakes Now my car's brakes squeal every morning when...

brakes rust rotors