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6 Ways To Find A Good Mechanic

 6 Ways To Find A Good Mechanic

Looking for car servicing in Singapore? I’m sure you’ll come across a lot of different service provider here. However, the question is, how will you know which among them is actually worth your time and their price? If you’re seriously stump, dig in and learn how to spot him.

1. Have A Good Look At Their Workshop
When you’re canvassing for a mechanic don’t just look at the person, extend your eyesight to his shop as well. Scan the place and ask yourself these: Does it look like the mechanic is organized? Are the tools and parts grouped according to sizes and types? Can you see calendars, planners, or whiteboard schedules in there? If you answered yes to all of those questions then there’s a possibility that you’re in good hands. A mechanic’s workshop may not be spotless but it should be organized.

2. Don’t Overlook The Receipt
Don’t just shove the receipt in your pocket and assume he’s good for providing one. See if the receipt is unreadable and if the mechanic won’t be bothered to explain the breakdown of your receipt. If that’s the case then you’re looking at someone who doesn’t expect you to be a regular client.

3. Check The Toolbox
A mechanic’s tools are the next best thing to his skills. Pay attention to whether he doesn’t have much and some haven’t been used by the looks of them. Or he has piles of them that are obviously spent. The latter are signs of experienced mechanic.

4. See How He Works With Minor Repair First
If you have a couple of car repair works, test the guy out with the minor ones first. If he does it well, gives a proper receipt without trying to convince you to get other parts of your car fixed or improved, he’s a catch.

5. Find Out What Brand Or Service He’s Good At
It’s best for your vehicle if the mechanic that will handle her is someone whose specialty is your rides make or the service that you need. Dig through car forums so fellow car owners can give you recommendations.

6. Pay Attention To Your Car Parts
There are instances where dubious mechanics will tell customers that they have replaced the car part already, when in fact they didn’t. The client can’t know that for sure and end up paying a guy who tricked him. Don’t let it happen to you; ask to see the original part. But if you’re with a good mechanic you won’t even have to ask, he’ll show you right away and ask if you still want it.

Now that you know how to look for a good mechanic, time to get your car over there and have it done!

The Essentials Of Car Care

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Whether you’re a new driver or a veteran one, these car maintenance rules should be followed at all times. Otherwise, you’re not just risking your car’s running and physical condition, but you could also be spending money when you could have saved it and even risking your safety on the road.

The Essentials Of Car Care

The Essentials Of Car Care

Whether you’re a new driver or a veteran one, these car maintenance rules should be followed at all times. Otherwise, you’re not just risking your car’s running and physical condition, but you could also be spending money when you could have saved it and even risking your safety on the road.

Maintain Your Alloys
You don’t have to be speeding for your alloys to catch dirt or get scratched by rocks as you drive. While there’s no way of avoiding this, you can make sure they don’t cause any serious trouble for your car by not letting any dirt stick too long and cleaning them right away. There are a lot of alloy cleaner available in the market to choose from.

Bodywork Care
Aside from the fact that having your car splattered with bird droppings looks completely disgusting, it can also lead to damage on your paint. Try not to park under tall trees. But if you happen to catch your car with droppings already, remove it right way using warm, soapy water and gently rub using microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths may be the most recommended material to use for cleaning your vehicle but if it’s dirty it may cause chips and other damage as well. So make sure you clean it before using it on your car. Also, you might want to avoid driving on rough roads if possible since small stones or rocks may hit the surface of your ride which can result to scratches. Or if there’s no other route, just drive more carefully.

Wax VS Polish
Car polishing is one of the most misunderstood paint care procedures and as a result many individuals skip this important step. Polish is an abrasive compound, which, when worked into the paint using the hand or a polisher, shaves off imperfections of the paint. It levels out the surface and makes it smooth, thereby preparing it for the next step of applying wax or paint sealant. If you wax without polishing the surface first, not only will the paint look dull, but you will also notice that the wax layer will wear off quicker than usual. So ultimately it is a huge waste of your time and resources. Because polish is abrasive as mentioned above, it is important to master polishing techniques especially if you are using a rotary buffer, or you risk burning right through the paint.

Most people love shiny cars because it makes the car look expensive and sleek. To achieve this look, they often opt to wax their car because we all know wax can help give that sparkling effect. However, the problem with this is that it is temporary and easily melts especially when constantly exposed in the sun. A much better option will be paint protection because it can provide the same luster for your car but is more durable compared to wax so it last longer.

Keep Everything Clean
Unclean car isn’t only unsightly but can also lead to unnecessary car repairs. It’s understandable that it’d be hard to squeeze in car washing everyday if you’re busy, but you should at least do it once a week or every time you get a day off and if you really can’t do it yourself then take advantage of the car grooming service that are widely available in Singapore. If you drive on poor conditions a lot, like when it’s rainy or on rough roads you have to get it done more often than once a week. You shouldn’t also forget that it’s necessary that you clean your car inside and out.

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Car Paint Problems And The Proper Way To Address Them

 

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Cars are no longer just a luxury; they have become a necessity too. But we cannot deny that despite the benefit of owning one, maintaining it means another addition to things that you have to spend money on a regular basis. Car repair costs are definitely one of the heftiest expenses of owning a car, especially when it comes to paint problems. To avoid dealing with it more often than you should, here are the proper ways to address common paint problems.

Chemical Damage
A lot of things can cause chemical damage to your car paint. Things from acid rain, tar, sap from a tree, to bird droppings. While some of them may not cause damage as quick as the others, still all of them can cause discoloration and pitting when left unattended for a long time. To avoid them, always park at somewhere covered. But since we can’t be lucky to find one all the time, just clean it off as soon as you see any stain on your paint.

Scratches And Chips
It’s such a bummer when your beloved car’s good looks get ruined due to scratches. When this happens, it loses its shine, it appears worn out than it really is and no longer looks covetable. The thing is that it doesn’t even take an accident for your car to get scratches, even using a dirty microfiber cloth to wipe it or a loose stone that hits your car while driving can cause that. But this wouldn’t be a problem if your vehicle has paint protection as this will keep your car looking sleek longer than when it doesn’t have it.

Weather Related Damage
We can’t really help the kind of weather you’ll have in the place you live. Whether you have four seasons or two extreme weathers, all you can do is take extra step to protect your car from these. Paint protection in Singapore’s tropical weather will prevent your paint job from fading fast, it also keeps it from expanding and contracting which results to cracking where water or moisture can seep through the cracks and create rust. It also helps if you park your car in a covered garage or parking lot as much as possible.

Stay Ahead Of Issues
Whatever the problem with your car’s paint, do not wait too long to get it fixed, especially if the car’s body has been exposed. If you wait until chips and dings on your car turn into rust before you take care of it, prepare yourself for bigger problem and heftier car repair costs. Without protection, the bodywork of the car can begin to corrode. Regular cleaning and drying of the car will be sufficient to handle most problems. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to inspect your car for more serious damage.

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4 Ways To Save Big On Car Care

4 Ways To Save Big On Car Care

4 Ways To Save Big On Car Care

Saving on car expenses doesn’t mean spending no money at all. It means getting the most out of your money and learning to do some things on your own, especially simple ones. Here are some tips that will help you with those.

1. Fluid Level

Fluid Level
It does feel like you are spending more by adhering to maintenance schedule when there seems to be nothing wrong with your car. But that’s exactly the point, by ensuring that you have the correct levels of oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, wiper fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid all the time, you can avoid expensive car repair as well as risking your life while on the road.

2. Be Friends With Your Mechanic

Be Friends With Your Mechanic
Do not be afraid to seek a car servicing shop near your location or try one that is recommended by a friend or family member because of warranty. If your mechanic uses quality parts and you keep the paper, there shouldn’t be any problem. Just make sure you’re on your mechanic’s good side and he’ll surely take care of your vehicle.

3. Do It Yourself

DIY Car Repair
There are a lot of car repairs that you can definitely take care of like dead battery, oil change, windshield wipers, headlights, and air filter. Aside from that you get to save money, you are guaranteed that it’s really being fixed, you get to hone your car repair skills, and most importantly you become more and more self-sufficient.

4. Have Tire Intelligence

Instead of buying your tires from a garage, check out a warehouse store.
Instead of buying your tires from a garage, check out a warehouse store. You’ll probably find a good deal there, plus there are a host of other bonuses as well. In addition to the warranty, you’ll also have the perks of your club’s satisfaction guarantee, and your installation costs may also include services for the future like rotations and balancing.

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10 Things That Make People Choose To Buy A Particular Vehicle Model

10 Things That Make People Choose To Buy A Particular Vehicle Model

10 Things That Make People Choose To Buy A Particular Vehicle Model

What are the things that make you decide that a specific car model is the one for you? Here are the top 10 answer to that question.

1. Reliability/Durability
If you’re gonna invest money on a car, you’d want it to last as long as possible without trips to the car servicing every week for repair. This is why the top priority of car buyers is the vehicle’s reliability and durability.

2. Interior Comfort
More legroom, power-adjustable seats, seat ventilation, massaging functionality, and rear-seat foot rest are just some of the comfortable features more and more car buyers favor.

3. Exterior Styling
Who wants to drive a visually unappealing car? No one! So while it may seem superficial to some, still you can’t deny that exterior styling is an important factor in buying a vehicle.

4. Gas Mileage
Why spend more money when there’s a cost saving alternative? There are a lot of fuel economy-friendly car model these days that consumers can choose from that don’t just save money but help reduce carbon footprint and increase energy sustainability.

5. Quality Of Workmanship
You can really tell a high-end car apart from not because of the quality of workmanship. A car just looks more finished and expensive without necessarily costing more when it is built well and better.

6. Convenient Or Likable Dealer
Cordial dealers who go out of their way to make things easier for their clients sell more cars than those who aren’t. This is because consumers like to get the best deals possible and be treated well.

7. Performance
Well, this may not be always at the top reason for a person to buy a car but this will always be among the factors that will be considered. Otherwise it’ll be the main source of problem the car owner will face in a daily basis as well as the reason for frequent car repairs.

8. Advanced Technology
Yes, it’s fancy but when your car is equipped with built-in navigation system, have multiple USB ports, touch screen options, voice recognition, and many more it definitely makes driving easier and comfortable.

9. Image Of The Car
Whether you’re the mysterious type, cute, practical, family guy, or tough one there’s a car that will fit your image. Most of the time people choose a car that compliments their personality.

10. Safety
Last but definitely not the least is the safety features. We all know that it’s hard to predict what will happen on the road no matter you responsible you are. This is why the more safety feature the car has the better.

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7 Car Tire Tips That Can Help Save Money

Tires are expensive! And having to replace them more often that they should be isn’t something neither you nor your savings will be happy about.Tires are expensive! And having to replace them more often that they should be isn’t something neither you nor your savings will be happy about. So, to keep you from going bankrupt here are some tips that will keep your priced tires in top shape.

1. Buy Them When They’re Out Of Season
Don’t wait for the rain before purchasing tires that are best for wet conditions because that’s when they’re at their highest price. If you want to get them at the lowest price possible then you should shop for them when they’re out of season. People typically don’t buy rain-tires during the summer because they don’t need it, so sales for those kinds of tires are low. Dealers deal with that by offering off-season tires on big discounts.

2. Shop Around
Don’t just settle with a known shop because it’s where everybody buys their car stuff. Always shop around and compare price and quality. Sometimes a different store offer discounts that other stores don’t or carry better kinds of tires. Until you find the best one for your needs and budget, keep looking around.

3. Avoid Under Or Over Inflation
This means they shouldn’t be over-inflated or under-inflated. Otherwise they’ll wear out faster than they typically should and will affect vehicle handling and fuel economy. To avoid this, check your owner’s manual for recommended tire pressure and always stick to that. It’s best to check your tires’ pressure at least once a month but do it more often if you always go on long trips or you carry heavy loads all the time.

4. Know The Best Kind Of Tires For Your Location’s Dominant Season/s
Singapore is situated near the equator and has a typically tropical climate, with abundant rainfall, high and uniform temperatures, and high humidity all year round. Know what kind of tires works best for that along with your driving habits. Don’t buy set of tires for winter which may have a lot of great performance factors but you won’t have any use for because Singapore doesn’t have winter. That’s just buying pricier tires that you won’t get the most out of.

5. Don’t Throw It—Patch It
Why discard a perfectly fine tire because of one hole when you can have that fixed? You’re basically throwing your money out the window if you do that. Instead of panicking like that, find a car repair center that fix punctures like that by patching it from the inside then remounts and re-balances it really well. That will allow your tire to go for miles until it’s really time to retire and replace them.

6. Avoid Registration Hesitation
This is an area of tire purchasing that people often overlook. These expensive components almost always come with some kind of warranty, so protect them and your pocketbook by following all the necessary steps when it comes to product registration and purchase documentation! Many tire makers offer a free 30-day test drive where you can return them no questions asked within that time frame, and many tires come with bonuses like free two-year roadside assistance, one year of no-cost road hazard protection, and a free lifetime replacement for workmanship and material defects.

7. Visit Car Servicing
If you notice uneven wear on your tires then they’re out of alignment. This doesn’t just lead to early tire replacement but it can also lead to other mechanical problems in your car. This means more car repair awaits you. Don’t wait for that, it’s best to take your car to car repair as soon as you see signs of misaligned tires.

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5 Possible Culprits Of Car Battery Draining

5 Possible Culprits Of Car Battery Draining

5 Possible Culprits Of Car Battery Draining

If you’ve ever been the victim of a dead car battery you know that they die at the most inconvenient of times. Whether it’s on your way to the airport, work or picking up your kids from school it is always a pain. If you have recently noticed your car not starting consistently, it could mean that your battery is close to dead. If you see the symptoms of a dead battery in your own car you should try to figure out why it is happening. Here are some of the most common reasons for a dead car battery.

1. Human Error
Mistakes happen, especially when you’re tired or very busy. Sometimes that’s the reason why you’re car’s battery is dead is you left the headlights on or didn’t completely close the trunk. Overnight, these can cause drained battery which will prevent your car from starting the next day.

2. Parasitic Drain
There are some components in your vehicle that continues to run even after the key is turned off. That where parasitic drain happens. Although it’s completely normal for your battery to deliver enough energy to maintain things like clock or security alarm, it may exceed what’s normal and deplete the battery when electric problem happens at the same time. In this case, it would be best to take your ride to car repair shop to stop the problem from getting worst and get it fixed.

3. Bad Charging
If your battery drains even while you’re driving, there’s a fair chance that your charging system isn’t working properly. In this case, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you end up stranded on the road with a drained car battery because many cars power their lights, radio, and other systems from the alternator, which can make the battery, drain worse if there’s a charging problem. Don’t let this issue lead to an even bigger one; make sure to seek car servicing here in Singapore right away as soon as this happens.

4. Defective Alternator Diode
A car alternator recharges the battery and powers certain electrical systems. If your alternator has a bad diode, your battery can drain. The bad diode can cause the circuit to charge even when the engine is shut off, and you end up in the morning with a car that won’t start.

5. Old Battery
Sometimes your car’s battery drains way too fast because it has simply run its course. Many people don’t pay attention to the lifespan of batteries until it’s too late. Typically, they last for three to five years. If you find that it’s not holding a charge as well as it should be and it is in this age range, it is likely that it is time to invest in a new one.

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5 Things That You Should Do To Ensure Your Safety In Case Of A Roadside Emergency

5 Things That You Should Do To Ensure Your Safety In Case Of A Roadside Emergency

Even a problem as simple as a flat tire or an empty fuel tank can turn into a seriously dangerous one if you don’t know how to handle it while you’re on the road. Having a car servicing contact number in your phone and calling them won’t be enough. There are also things that you should do while waiting for help if you already called them. To prevent those kinds of things from escalating, here are some tips that will ensure your safety.

1. Get Off The Road

Before anything else, you have to get as far as you can from the road. As much as possible, you have to be clear from the traffic in order to avoid causing it or causing collision.
Before anything else, you have to get as far as you can from the road. As much as possible, you have to be clear from the traffic in order to avoid causing it or causing collision. If your vehicle is in or near traffic and you can safely walk to another location, do it. If the vehicle is parked on the shoulder of a busy highway, exit on the passenger side. Don’t forget to lock the doors and leave your contact number on the windshield so that police or roadside assistance can contact you when they stop by your car.

2. Make Your Vehicle As Visible As Possible

This is important whether it’s during the day or night. Turn on your hazard lights as soon as you realize there’s a problem on your car.
This is important whether it’s during the day or night. Turn on your hazard lights as soon as you realize there’s a problem on your car. Even better if you have warning signs like flares or hazard triangle to use to alert oncoming motorist about the situation ahead. This will help them be aware and take necessary precautions on their end and avoid accident. The sooner other motorists are alerted, the higher the chance accident can be prevented.

3. Display A Distress Signal
If you need police help, raise the hood or tie a white cloth to the radio antenna or door handle, or hang the cloth out of the top of the door and close it on the cloth.

4. Keep The Doors Locked

Whether you’re inside the car in a safe location or you have to leave your car and walk to a safer place, you always have to lock the doors.
Whether you’re inside the car in a safe location or you have to leave your car and walk to a safer place, you always have to lock the doors.

5. Exercise Caution
Not everyone who offers help have good intentions, thus you shouldn’t trust anyone so easily and accept help from strangers. If you feel there’s something off about the person offering help, trust your gut. Say you’re okay and say that you’re just waiting for someone. If you need help, simply ask them to make a call for you. Unless you’re absolutely certain that the person you’re talking can be trusted, only lower the windows enough to talk and not all the way down. And do not open the door for them.

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8 Tips To Ensure Safe Driving When It’s Raining

8 Tips To Ensure Safe Driving When It’s Raining

8 Tips To Ensure Safe Driving When It_s Raining

Singing in the rain may be fun but driving isn’t. Whether you’re a skilled driver or a newbie, it can still be nerve-wracking especially knowing that there are on average more than 950,000 automobile crashes each year due to wet pavement.

But you don’t always have to fear driving in a downpour is you just follow these tips and remain focused and calm while driving.

1. Make Sure That Your Tires Are Good For Rainy Weather

Make Sure That Your Tires Are Good For Rainy Weather
Your car’s tires are the ones that directly get in contact with the wet road when it’s raining. So always make sure that they’re properly inflated and that they aren’t worn out. These will ensure that they would provide traction to avoid hydroplaning on wet roads.

2. Keep Your Car Well Maintained With Regular Inspections

Keep Your Car Well Maintained With Regular Inspections
If you want to feel relaxed and confident driving your car even when it’s pouring out, you should keep up with the regular inspection. This way, if there’s anything that needs to repaired or replaced you’ll know and get it done immediately. Otherwise, you’ll end up learning about them when your car breaks down in the middle of the road and you’re frustratingly calling for car repair.

3. Make Sure Your Windshield Wiper Blades Are In Pristine Condition

Make Sure Your Windshield Wiper Blades Are In Pristine Condition
These wipers help you give a clear vision on the road by wiping the water off your windshield. Without them or with a worn out wipers, you’re left with blurry view which can really be dangerous when driving. Standard is that you replace them twice a year to be certain that you’re always driving with wipers in good condition. If you can’t do that, then at least make sure you replace them before the rainy season.

4. Always Keep Both Hands On The Wheel

Always Keep Both Hands On The Wheel
There’s always a risk of hydroplaning when driving in the rain. When this happen, the steering wheel will jerk in one direction or the other, this is why it’s important that you keep your hands on them to at least keep it from drastically turning. If you absolutely must take one hand off the steering wheel to do something, pull over first. Better safe than sorry.

5. Use Your Headlights

Use Your Headlights
Rain can make it difficult for oncoming traffic to see you, so always keep your headlights on, even if it’s the middle of the day. At night, you may not want to use your high beam lights. The high beams are so bright that they can reflect off of the rain and actually lessen your visibility. Visibility is always important whether it’s raining or not, so always check if your lights are working. If not, take your car to car servicing right away especially if the problem is not just the bulbs but in the electrical wiring.

6. Slow Down And Don’t Tail

To avoid losing control of your car better go slow and keep plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you.
Your traction and stopping when you step on the brakes are not in their best when raining. To avoid losing control of your car better go slow and keep plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you. This should give you plenty of room to brake and stop whenever you need to.

7. Stay Calm When Hydroplaning

Stay Calm When Hydroplaning
When hydroplaning happens, it’s important not to overreact. Keep both hands firmly on the wheel, and calmly correct the steering. Tap the brakes, but don’t slam on them. Any extreme movements, such as swerving or slamming on the brakes, will only exacerbate the hydroplaning and make it likely that you’ll fully lose control of your car.

8. Don’t Push Your Luck

Driving in itself can already be a challenging task, add rain and your car’s limits or problem (if any) and it becomes a risky. In this case, you may want to stay at home and cancel you plan to go out and drive, especially during heavy rains.

Driving in itself can already be a challenging task, add rain and your car’s limits or problem (if any) and it becomes a risky. In this case, you may want to stay at home and cancel you plan to go out and drive, especially during heavy rains. Or if you’re already out and you see the area you’re headed is flooded, turn around and don’t attempt push through it. The potential damage to your vehicle and possible risk in your life is not worth it.

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Top 6 Signs Of Bad Or Failing Alternator

 

 

Top 6 Signs Of Bad Or Failing Alternator

Top 6 Signs Of Bad Or Failing Alternator

The alternator plays such a vital role in keeping all of the vehicle’s electrical components powered, so when something goes wrong in it other system or component of the car gets affected. Before those glitches take a toll on your car, learn how to tell if your automobile’s alternator is in trouble. Here are the few signs that can help you figure that out.

1. Dim Light

Headlights or dashboard lights beginning to dim

If your car’s alternator is failing, one of the signs that it may emit would be headlights and/or dashboard lights beginning to dim. That’s because it is a part of the electrical system of your vehicle which provides power to operate the starter, ignition and all electronic accessories in your car. So once the alternator starts to go bad all of those will start to dim or work slower than usual.

2. Warning Light

Warning Light

If you’re driving a pretty latest model car, there will be a dashboard warning light that will signal you once something goes wrong with the alternator. Whether that warning light is shaped like a battery, or indicated as ALT for alternator or GEN for generator, it will go off depending on how much electricity your car consumes and how much life the alternator has left.

3. Weak Or Dead Battery

Dead car battery

Your car’s battery and the alternator are kind of attached to the hip because the alternator is the one that helps the battery replenish it. However, figuring out whether the problem is the alternator or the battery itself is the problem can be tricky. But here’s how to figure it out:

· Charge the battery and restart the vehicle

· The issue is the alternator if the vehicle has difficulty starting after the battery is fully charged

· There could be a problem with the battery’s charging system if the car will continue to run but the lights will again become dim after a short time

4. Weird Smells

Weird Smells

Don’t ignore that smell similar to electrical fire in your car because that’s could indicate poor alternator output. The reason behind this is that the alternator works in conjunction with a system of belts. Those belts heats up, which produces a burning smell, when one of the belts is not turning freely therefore causing excess friction. Try tightening the belt, if that doesn’t work it would be best to seek a professional for car repair.

5. Odd Sounds

Car Odd Sounds

Now we know that there are a lot of different sound you can hear from a vehicle especially when running. Some of them are normal and others indicate a problem. When you hear something that you don’t usually hear, pay attention because your car might be screaming for help! Grinding or whining sounds indicates worn out bearings inside the alternator. When this happens, it’s probably time to replace alternators.

6. Visual Cues

Under the hood checking

All of those above points can help tell you possibility of a bad or failing alternator. However, you shouldn’t pass on checking under the hood. There’s a chance the problem is not in the alternator itself but just on one of the belts or other movable parts connected to it. Inspecting it to see where or what exactly is the problem is always a must. One of the easiest to spot is cracked or worn belts.

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