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    Mounting tires slightly out of spec, yay or nay?

    Tires manufacturers specify a range of wheel widths for their tires, for example a 175/65R15 tire specifies a wheel width range of 15x5 to 15x6 as optimal. The question is, can you mount such a tire on a wheel that's a half inch out of spec (let's say a 15x6.5 wheel?) What about a full inch...
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    My next set of tires: 205/70R15 on a 2007 Corolla

    OEM tires were 185/65R15 for the base model (what I have,) and 195/65R15 for the more common LE model. The base model looks better by the way. So much sidewall looks clownish but I want that extra soft ride, that extra ground clearance (by about .8 inch) I have chosen a set of Hankooks that...
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    ? Rent a tool to replace (press in, out) bearing..

    Where can I find a place that will loan me a set of tools to do a wheel bearing job? The wheel hub has to be pressed out of the steering knuckle and then wheel bearing pressed out, then pressed the replacement part has to be in again. OTC makes a set that will do the job beautifully: <a...
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    New-Car purchase considerations, all of them.

    Beyond the big 4: 1. Power 2. Handling 3. Reliability 4. Utility What are other considerations when buying a new car? Some others: -Maintenance cost: just oil changes basically or needs timing belt every 5 years? -Insurance cost -Aftermarket support/OEM parts price -Tire cost, tire...
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    Is this really the 2013/2014 11th Gen. Corolla????

    <img src="http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/moneybox/2012/05/22/north_carolina_saves_jobs_by_maintaining_inefficient_hassles/144163302.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-large.jpg" alt="" /> More: <a...
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    Direction Injection & Engine Longevity, take 2.

    Disclaimer: Just because something is printed in a 'respectable' online publication does not make it true. It also doesn't necessarily make it false either. <a href="http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/ask-an-engineer-gdi-problems-in-a-nutshell/"...
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    Drum Brakes: How do you know, ... WHEN?

    How do you know when they need to be serviced? With the pads and rotors in the front, it's easy to kneel down and take a peek--observe the amount of pads left, look at the rotors, etc. Can't do that with drums covering up the shoes and every brake mechanism in the rear. So, am I to...
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    Need help changing a light-bulb and.. lock.. lol..

    I can't change the lamp on this thing, it looks like this at all angles: <img src="http://i.imgur.com/8mR9b.jpg" alt="" /> There is NO discernible mechanism to remove the glass covering to replace the lamp. I've tried spinning it. Any ideas? I'm trying to replace the lock on the bottom...
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    All Toyota's still come with a full spare tire....

    While other manufacturers are moving towards that slime-filler can. I wonder if curb weight includes the spare tire or not.
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    So, my car's fan stopped working. A little help?

    Which fan: The fan that blows air into the interior of the car to keep me comfortable, NOT the one mounted in front of the radiator to cool the engine. (side question: what is this fan called? is it the AC fan? The blower motor fan??) The story: So, one day, it just stopped working. There are...
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    Interesting: The EPA doesn’t perform mileage tests

    I've sorta known this for a short while now but was still unclear how it all fits together. Some clarifications here: <a href="http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/untrue-at-any-speed-former-nader-associate-puts-hyundai-in-his-sights/#comments"...
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    The way my car felt when carrying passengers, GOOD

    Full title: So, I like the way my car felt when I'm driving while carrying passengers. Am I a good candidate for a set of lowering springs? ------------------------------------------------------- When I'm carrying 3 passengers in my car, I'm adding several hundred pounds of sprung weight to...
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    Are transmissions less stressed by highway driving

    Full title: Are automatic/manual transmissions less stressed by highway driving or city driving? ------------------------------------------------------------------ With engines, the near-consensus is that highway driving is less stressful--engines like to be revv'd at a constant rpm. What...
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    Do cars behave the same day in and day out? Or....

    I mean, they should behave the same... right? It's a CAR!! Not a fickle person! Yet, my experience with my car has been that there are those times when it feels more responsive, the engine more eager to rev, the steering wheel more eager to turn (less stiff) and feels like it handles better...
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    One thing that grinds my gears...

    People who over-praise you as a "Genius" when you show them how to something basic and simple with a tech gadget (like how to cut and paste a file.) Or when they exclaim: "Brilliant!!!" to the most mundane and unimpressive thing. They are so promiscuous with these words that they rob them of...
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    The middlemen between the auto plant and the dealr

    Nice "explain it to you" article about what happens to your car after it leaves the auto plant but before your dealer gets it. It explains at least one question lingering on my mind: Who is it that installs those options? The alloy wheels, the roof racks, etc. I always thought the dealer did...
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    What is the single most effective fuel saving tip?

    My prevailing belief, at this moment, is that driving in such a way so as to minimize the using the brakes, is the single most effective fuel-efficiency boosting strategy. I try to anticipate lights ahead and to plan my course ahead of time and to always be aware of what's ahead. Of course...
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    Camry Hybrid: Will it trump "LE" as volume seller?

    The reviews are in and, subjective exterior styling aside, the consensus is that the new car is better than the old one in every way. However, the Camry Hybrid is the real star. The old 2011 Camry Hybrid starts at $27,050 and has an EPA rating of 31 city/35 hwy mpg, this is a good nearly <span...
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    Is Mobil saying that Oil Filters last > Oil?

    <a href="http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Oils/Mobil_1_Extended_Performance_FAQs.aspx#FAQs7" target="_blank">http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Oils/Mobil_1_Extended_Performance_FAQs.aspx#FAQs7</a> If I go longer between oil change intervals, do I need to change my oil...
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    "All-new" 2012 Toyota Yaris: It's, well, a car....

    <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/17/2012-toyota-yaris-first-drive-review/" target="_blank">http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/17/2012-toyota-yaris-first-drive-review/</a> The bottom line: Pro's -Larger interior, more space everywhere, especially trunk -Better interior -Should be very...
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