California smog test question about gas caps/test only

So I just had a smog test at a test only station. I failed on the visual inspection for my gas cap. He said there were some cracks in the rubber. I made him show them to me–I could see them, but they seemed pretty minor and I’ve had old cars pass that for sure had way worse condition of the rubber. But what you do you know, he just happen to have a huge pile of gas caps there and could sell me one. Two questions:

  1. Is cracking in the rubber seal of the gas cap a legitimate reason to fail smog (I made him complete the test to confirm it would pass otherwise).

  2. Is a test only station allowed to sell parts that would allow a car to pass?

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Why were (and are) American minivans cheaper than Japanese ones?

Dodge Grand Caravans and Chevrolet Uplanders are cheaper than Honda Odysseys and Toyota Siennas. The base price for a Caravan today is $23K CAD while it’s $34K for a Japanese minivan. Back in 2009, my father got a Pontiac Montana SV6 for $26K with a few options, while Japanese minivans still cost at least $30K. Why is it that Japanese minivans are more expensive? And, why do people buy Japanese minivans rather than cheaper American ones? I happen to see a lot more Japanese minivans here in Toronto than I see American ones.

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Loud bang/grinding noise coming from brakes

I have a 2000 Toyota Taco and just had new calipers and pads put on. My brother drove it over 800 miles to me with no problems. When I was driving it around base I started hearing a quiet scraping or whistling sound coming from the back brakes. I don’t know anything about cars so I told my brother what was going on and he said “they need to be adjusted possibly, try pressing the brakes pretty hard a few times and see what happens.”

So I did that and drove it around and the sound was completely gone but after 100 ft a loud clank came from the problem wheel and started scraping again. Tried it again and it made an even louder clank and now it scrapes really loudly. What gives?

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Just bought a 1989 Lincoln Town Car with 73,000 miles. Am I insane or did I get a decent deal?

I paid $2740 for the thing, it is in pretty good condition. All the electrical things in the car like windows and the power antenna work. There is minimal rust on the underside and the engine looks pretty good.

The only problems with it are that there is a hole in the muffler and that the glove box latch is broken. The car sat in some guy’s garage for 10 years after he died and then the guy who sold it to me bought it and replaced the alternator and battery.

I am curious about your opinions on this because I really don’t know shit about cars and don’t know if I got a decent deal or if I seriously screwed myself over.

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Car problems help!!

So I own a 2009 BMW 328i xdrive, on the passenger side the CV joint has had continuous problems. It’s always breaking. Currently on the 3rd CV joint on the passenger side. Now since the car is awd could I turn the car into a rwd so I don’t have to deal with the CV joints any more. Or should I replace it. Please help!

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Station wagons are awesome.

So lately, I have developed a keen interest in classic station wagons. I used to have a strong dislike for old cars, and i used to love super cars and sportscars, and i still do , especially the Porsche Carrera’s. But now, as i see more classic station wagons, they have much more character then the Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s that we have now.

My favorite is the 1986 Electra Estate Wagon. I really want to buy, but it’s a but hard finding the exact model I want. What i really love about it is the wood veneer on the side, and the lack of aerodynamics. I also dig the white walls on the wheels.

https://imgur.com/gallery/pQelp

Does anyone else like station wagons, or is it just me?

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Was rummaging through some old pictures on my laptop…

…and I came across my 1993 Toyota 4Runner that I used to own, back around 2002-2004.

It was the SR5 V6 2WD automatic. It was my 3rd car I had owned, and still to this day the only automatic vehicle I’ve ever had. It had a few niggles, like the idle speed that needed almost constant adjustment, bad mpg, slow acceleration, below average leg room in the 2nd row, and a motorized antenna mechanism that needed replacing because of the plastic teeth that wore out (stupid 90’s things lol).

BUT, it had some definite positives. Great styling inside and out (I still love the way the 2nd gens look), great build quality on the interior, surprisingly good off-road capability for 2WD, especially after upgrading to 31” BFGoodrich All-Terrains, a smooth V6 with a fantastic stock exhaust note, good visibility with lots of glass everywhere and thin A-pillars, an electric sliding tailgate window, comfortable seats, an amazing amount of space in the rear cargo area (trade off for mediocre 2nd row legroom), an excellent ride thanks to great stock suspension tuning, and a stupid-good resale value.

So yeah, I just wanted to share the love I had for my old and somewhat forgotten Toyota 4Runner. Anyone else miss their 2nd gen 4Runners?

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