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Techno File

The technology behind what powers a car is often confusing and complex. Our uneasy relationship with what goes on under the hood sparks this set of legends along.

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Wild When Wet
Using cruise control on wet roads or during heavy rain can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

Partly TruePARTLY TRUE
Lock Stalk
Thieves armed with "code grabbers" can gain access to vehicles via copying the signals remote key fobs send through the air.

Partly TruePARTLY TRUE
Key Point
Too many keys hanging from your keychain can ruin your car's ignition.

Partly TruePARTLY TRUE
Pulling the Shades
Wearing sunglasses while driving in the rain will improve vision.

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Push Vroom
Stranded motorist gets more than he bargained for when he asks for help push-starting his car.

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Cruise (Un)Control
Driver sets cruise control on his vehicle, then slips into the backseat for a nap.

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Cone of Silence
The flavor of ice cream purchased by a driver affects his car's performance.

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Friend or Faux?
Handheld police radar unit inadvertently tracks a military aircraft on maneuvers.

LegendLEGEND
Choke Hold
Car's bad performance is caused by the driver's hanging her purse on the choke lever.

LegendLEGEND
Faith of Our Fathers
Minister refueling his car from an unusual container attracts comment.

FalseFALSE
Remote Possibility
Cars equipped with remote keyless entry systems can be unlocked via cell phone.

FalseFALSE
Risk-O Inferno
People shouldn't wear seat belts because they might not be able to escape from their vehicles in car fires.

FalseFALSE
The Bullet Fuse
A pair of Arkansas rednecks are injured using a .22 caliber shell in place of a burnt-out automobile fuse.

FalseFALSE
Acetone Deaf
Adding acetone to gasoline in an effort to improve gas mileage is a good idea.

FalseFALSE
Fuel Icon Foolery
Dashboard gas pump icon tells which side the vehicle's fuel door is on.

FalseFALSE
Battery Parked
Storing a car battery on a concrete or cement floor will ruin it.

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