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Author's Note: 10 Serious Mistakes in Car Maintenance

There are so many dumb, dangerous, irresponsible and ridiculous things you can do to a car that it was hard to narrow this list down to just 10. I saw quite a few examples when I traveled a few hundred miles at a time to attend regional and national shows with my car club. Once, a few of the guys made an emergency transmission repair in a hotel parking lot with the car balanced on four jack stands -- the cheap, flimsy ones -- the morning after a long drive followed by an all-night bender, surrounded by people showing off and doing burnouts. Car shows are sometimes a circus of desperate, ill-thought-out or seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time repairs.

So I didn't fill this article with stuff like that. The kind of stuff I don't think I have to tell you not to do, because I can't imagine a situation in which anyone else would ever have to do it.

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