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Death Valley
Before and After
by Don Stec, FEBRUARY 2, 2018



Recently, when I mentioned to friends that I am going to Death Valley for a short vacation, the reply I usually got was, "Why? It’s so hot there.”  People seem to be shocked that I would consider going to a place where the heat is often over 120 degrees in the summer.  Some say it's desolate and there's nothing to...
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Sideways driving vehicle
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by Don Stec, JANUARY 3, 2018



Have you ever followed a vehicle that seemed to be going sideways on the road?  If you were to watch it as it went around a curve, you would notice that the vehicle could not navigate the curve smoothly.  It would move from side to side in the lane.  I wonder, does the driver realize how dangerous this condition is? I...
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"New" and "Used" Parts Are Not the Same!
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by Don Stec, DECEMBER 5, 2017



It is important to use the correct words when describing a problem with your motor vehicle.   Many people do not use the word “NEW” properly.  A new part is unused, factory fresh.  It has never been installed on another vehicle.  A “USED” part is a part that came off another vehicle, usually from a wrecked vehicle at a salvage yard....
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Human Caused Wildfires
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by Don Stec, OCTOBER 30, 2017



This past year, wildfires have been one of the great concerns throughout the state of California. We often hear weather reports of approaching thunder storms and lightning strikes.  Then, we hear the reports of fires.  It seems the general consensus among the public is; the majority of wildfires are caused by lightning.  At least this is the opinion I get...
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Misconceptions on wheel alignment
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by Don Stec, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017



Driving on rough terrain as outdoor enthusiasts often do, can play havoc with your vehicle. This column has to do with common misconceptions the general public has about the frequent problems of alignment. Complaint:  I have had my car aligned three times at three different shops and it just keeps slipping out of alignment. Alignments do not slip out unless a bolt or...
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The Mystery Odor, A Detective Story
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by Don Stec, AUGUST 30, 2017



I received a call from an Insurance Claim Adjuster, he said.  “Don, we have a vandalized vehicle we would like you to look at.  He explained; a smelly liquid was poured inside on the seats and carpet.  We have had the vehicle interior detailed twice and the smell keeps coming back.  We suspect there is something dead inside.  Would you...
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