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Why don't rally cars have airbags?

Why don't rally cars have airbags? Other competition cars, including Ken Block's don't have airbags either. Is it just for weight reduction, are they redundant or is there another (major) reason?
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Safe jack / jack stand points for 2002 Ford Focus

I have a 2002 Ford Focus SE wagon. I want to place jack stands on the welds on the side of the car beneath the front and rear doors, but cannot fit both the jack and stands there. So I want to jack ...
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My left rear tire looks kind of flat

My left rear tire looks kind of flat but no bubble after I spun out into shoulder during rainstorm. Is it dangerous to keep driving on it?
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Is it safe to fix a bent motorbike wheel?

Long story short my front wheel took a hit and the rim is now slightly bent. Now, since this is a forged aluminium wheel, replacing it costs the best part of 1500EUR. Being on a budget I thought of ...
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Driving a car with four out of five studs tight on one wheel

While prepping for a drive tomorrow I noticed the far side front wheel of my car has one stud out of five that is somehow loose. All other four studs are secured and tightened. By "somehow" I mean ...
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Is it safe to place wood between a car and a jack stand?

I have a 2013 2LS Camaro and I am looking to change the rear differential fluid and need to jack up the rear end of my vehicle. Based on videos and enthusiast forums, people achieve this by putting a ...
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What's the best place to safely store a life hammer?

This is not really a maintenance question, but I figured this would be a good place to ask. I have a life hammer in the glove compartment, but I'm having doubts about where to store it. I figure that ...
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What would be the need for more than 2 ground wires in any car, truck, suv, van?

With the understanding that most all vehicles have at least 2 grounds wires, what items would add to the list of minimum requirements for a safe grounding system. An 'item' is defined as an object ...
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Do no-name tires go through thorough testing?

Tire (tyre) brands come in three categories: Major brands that advertise extensively Relatively unknown brands that are actually made by the major brands Relatively unknown brands that are ...
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How do I inspect a used tire?

Used tires, how can I be sure that they are roadworthy? Aside from looking at the general appearance, how do I properly inspect the tire(s)? Are there any scenarios, (damage has occurred), where I ...
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Are classic cars safe?

Are classic cars safe? I am interested to know the differences between modern vehicles and vehicles of old from the 1960s. In the event of an accident, how does a classic vehicle compare to a ...
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How to keep wheel ramps from sliding?

I have a very smooth garage floor. When I try to use my wheel ramps for the quick and easy way to raise a vehicle, they will often slide, sometimes just one, but other times both. They will sometimes ...
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Is it safe to drive in race conditions with missing lug nuts?

You know sometimes you read something and think "What?" Well, would you be happy to drive a 900 BHP car in a competition with lug nuts missing? Apparently NASCAR has introduced a rule change so that ...
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Car battery ground appears to have severed, is it safe to jump?

I tried to start my car today but after a few splutters, the ignition quit (i.e. turning it does nothing now). The inside lights / brake lights don't go on anymore, so I assume the battery's dead. But ...
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How to raise the car higher than the jack stands will allow?

So it's time to raise the car onto jack stands, but for whatever reason it needs to go higher than the stand height allows. How can I safely raise the height of the car? What I have done in the past ...
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How do I save myself from a sinking vehicle?

Every year in Arizona there are monsoon storms and somebody inevitably get's killed in a car that is sinking in water. It appears the primary issue is getting free from the vehicle. After that, ...
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Jack stand placement on frame rail for 2000 Toyota Camry

I did search "jack stand" and there are lots of posts that get close, but nothing that really covers the specifics of what I'm looking for here. I have a 2000 Toyota Camry with 143k mile on it. My ...
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How Important Are the Rear Shocks / Struts

When people talk about changing the shocks or struts, it's usually the front ones due to comfort, handling and safety reasons. But what about the rear ones? How much of a problem are worn out rear ...
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How to test gas station air compressors before use?

Yesterday I was with my wife and three children in the car, 300 KM from home just after sunset. I pulled into a gas station and as before all long trips, I dialed 31 PSI on the gas station's air ...
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Toyota Corolla '70-'73

I am seriously thinking about acquiring a Toyota Corolla from the E20 or 30 series (1970-1973, 1974-1979),but I have some concerns I would like to discuss and clarify if possible: The car does not ...
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Is the smoke or powder produced from an airbag detonation dangerous/toxic?

When the airbag has gone off, you often see a lot of smoke and stuff and there is a load of dust and powder all over the car What is this powder and smoke normally (obviously all air bags are ...
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What are some good options for bumper pushing

What is a good way to push with your bumper without ruining the body of the car you are pushing (paint scratches do not matter.
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How is this pavement optimized to suppress water splashing?

In my experience driving through the rain at speeds above 100 km/h results in a cloud of sprayed water behind the car, like so: However, I encounter more and more recently repaired road sections ...
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How do seat belt pretensioners work?

I was reading another post that had mentioned seat belt pretensioners with no explanation of how they function and are activated. From what I understand seat belt pretensioners are a one time use ...
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Is it dangerous to drive with partially torn control arm bushings?

My 2008 Acura TSX had developed a violent shake when accelerating. Upon a brief inspection, I noticed the control arm/compliance bushings were partially torn (completely at one point, partially at two ...
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All 4 tyres for Santro Xing 145/70/ R17 can be used instead of original 155/70/R17 tyre size

I have new 4 tyre size of 145/70/R17, can I use these tyres instead of 155/70/R17 original tyre size. I will replace all 4 tyres with new tyres. Is it recommended. Shall I face any technical problems ...
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How to conduct an at-home winter safety check?

I have an '09 Honda Fit. It's a manual transmission. I bought it in the summer of 2013 and there are no warranties left on it. Other than regular oil changes, tire rotations, and having the battery ...
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Is a tire with exposed wire safe to drive on?

This is my front passenger tire. As you can see, there is a large crack where you can see wire underneath. I ordered new tires that are supposed to arrive on Friday, however, I still need to get to &...
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I drove with my Parking Brake on for 30 mins: should I be worried?

Yesterday, I was driving my car for about 30 minutes on the highway at speeds of up to 60 mph. I felt my brakes weren't really working and looked down to notice my emergency brake had been on the ...
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Is it recommended/necessary to wear rubber gloves while replacing a car battery?

I'm not too car-savvy but I want to start working on my car on my own. My first challenge has arisen: replace battery. Do I need to concern myself with being shocked while trying to change the ...
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How to properly add engine oil?

My car is loosing engine oil and so every once in a while I need to add anywhere between a liter and two liters to it. So far, I've done it with the engine warm, and I'm only careful not to let the ...
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Why do LED running lights turn off while the turn signal is blinking?

I've noticed in several new vehicles the following scenario: Vehicle is traveling with LED day-time running lights around/adjacent to the headlights Vehicle activates turn signal indicator Vehicle ...
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Hauling a motorcycle cross country — more or less wrong ways to do it.

I need to haul a 425 lb KLR650 motorcycle from Hoboken NJ to Oakland CA. I'm on a budget so I'd like to do this as cheap as possible (under $200 is great, maybe $500 max). I have a 1996 B4V VW TDI ...
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Can this tire sidewall damage be repaired or should I replace the tire?

I* hit a curb and got a small tear in the front passenger side tire. The tear is about 1" long and goes mostly across the surface of the tire but also a little bit, maybe 1/4", toward the inside of ...
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Is it safe to overload the roof rails?

According to the manual, the "permissible" load for the standard rails is 35kg. I need to take two Kayaks around with me, which in total weight is about 40-45kg. Would I unintentionally turn my 2003 ...
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Explanation of phrase relating to tyre tread depth

The highway code states that 'Cars, light vans and light trailers must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire ...
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Leaving vehicle on 4 jack stands several days

I was wondering if it is bad (for the frame or the drive train) to leave my 4WD V6 Tacoma on 4 jack stands for several days while I work on the transmission. I could certainly lower it down after ...
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My car was recalling but my car is already more than 10 years old. Repair free? [duplicate]

I just found out that my car was recalling after read the news. My dealer never told that my car was recalling. My car was recalling last year. I was doing some research and found out that most ...
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How much air should a tire lose each month?

How much air does a tire typically lose each month? Do nitrogen-filled tires actually lose less air (well, nitrogen) each month? If so, what's normal for them? According to a tire store manager I ...
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What happened to side marker reflectors?

I was looking at an older car recently and noticed its side reflector was missing. Then I realized, cars dont have side marker reflectors anymore. What happened to them? I assume there was a U.S. ...
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Should I replace the disc?

Recently, my car began to make very loud noises whenever I used the brakes. At first, I didn't suspect the brake pads because I thought they were still able to undergo a few thousand kilometre. To be ...
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What are the side effects of using the wrong tires?

Last time I got new tyres I was advised that as they were out of stock of the particular size I was after (195/60/R15) and since they were part used tyres, I should be OK going with a slightly ...
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Why are motocross helmets designed the way they are? [closed]

I can imagine lots and lots of reasons why a MotoGp helmet is desgined that way. Aerodynamics and multiple layers of protection being the main reason. But a motocross helmet has its front pointed. And ...
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Rear Windshield Wiper Requirements

As of this morning my rear windshield wipers stopped working. I just bought the car this year and it is still covered by my three year warranty. I called the Mini dealership and they said that they ...
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What are reverse lights used for besides showing intention to reverse?

Recently I have noticed cars in parking lots with their reverse lights on even when the driver is not behind the wheel. I stop to let the drivers back out, and then realize they have no such intention....
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Finding alternate jack points in a Honda Insight

I'm trying to locate an alternate jack and lift point for my Honda Insight. I'm trying to lift the entire front end of the vehicle so I can put the stands under the pinch welds near the wheels. I can'...
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Where to store or mount a fire extinguisher?

I bought a small 1kg fire extinguisher for my car. However, I'm not sure where should I mount or store it. It should be readily available for emergencies, but at the same time it must not endanger ...
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Exposed tire wire- safe to drive home?

I need to drive 20 miles on the highway home, is this tire safe to to do that or is the wire a serious concern? I've driven 10 miles on it so far.
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Trailer Safety Checklist

I'm new to towing and I am working on a trailer safety checklist to go through before we ride. Any additions are welcome and appreciated. Check receiver - ensure it is secure to vehicle Check hitch -...
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How do I responsibly dispose of empty aerosol cans?

I've gone through several cans of brake cleaner lately and need to get rid of the used cans. The cans don't seem to indicate any special instructions for disposal. Aside from depressurizing the cans ...