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Mechanical Myths

“I will put some of this in it, and it will be fine.”  If it is leaking, it will continue to leak.  Magic fluids may help in an emergency, but eventually the leak will come back and it will need to be fixed properly.  Magic leak-stopping fluids may get you home, but they are not a permanent fix.

Insurance Company Junk

When I picked up the car, I was astounded that it was in such great shape. This is definitely not a

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While it doesn’t look that bad, everything to the rear of #2 cylinder was melted. The fire was a hot one.

parts car. So I dove into the engine compartment with two goals – first to determine what started the fire, and two, make a list of what I needed to rescue this puppy.