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An extended warranty does not have to be purchased at the time you purchase a new vehicle. In most cases, you have 12 months or 12,000 miles (the terms of the original standard manufacturer's warranty) to buy an extended warranty. Ask the salesman for information regarding various extended warranty plans. Have him spell out in writing what you'll be getting if you buy an extended warranty, and ask him to show you the difference between the manufacturer's standard warranty and the extended warranty.

It makes no difference whether the rich condition is caused by a couple of misfiring spark plugs or a couple of leaking injectors; in either case, raw fuel is pumped directly into the converter. This raises the operating temperature of the converter to dangerous levels. Over a period of time, higher operating temperatures can cause a converter to break up or melt down. b) Blue smoke - Blue smoke means the engine is burning oil. This is a definite disqualifier! Reconsider a vehicle that's burning oil unless you're buying it as a project vehicle and intend to rebuild the engine anyway.

As you start the engine, look out the rear view mirror and note whether smoke pours out the tailpipe. If it does, proceed with caution. Please note: We're not talking about a puff or wisp of smoke that appears - then just as quickly disappears - when a car is started; that's normal. What we're talking about is a big, billowing cloud of smoke. There are three kinds of smoke to watch for: a) Black smoke - Black smoke means that the fuel system is delivering too much fuel. In other words, the airfuel mixture is too rich and the engine is unable to burn it all.

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