CHICAGO -- Normal vehicle maintenance items long understood by motorists to be oil and filter changes, tune-ups, coolant, fan belt and battery service now are set to become something entirely different. And it may be one of the most far-reaching changes in vehicle-owner maintenance obligations mandated by a government agency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now says it regards dozens of complex and expensive emissions-related systems as “maintenance repair items” if 1996 and ...

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