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Dear Patty: I got a re-built transmission installed for $3000 last July,although the neighborhood repair guy said he would install a new one he put a re-built transmission on the receipt. Despite this my malfunction indicator lamp still stays on. I have given up because I went to the Acura dealer for a diagnostic test and they said my car was fine, possibly the gas cap was loose (it was not). My car does not pick up well, takes bumps really hard, and the gas seems to burn really fast. I sometimes feel the gears shift when I try to accelerate. Every time the repair guys turn the malfunction indicator lamp off it comes back on. How can I figure out what is wrong, as my year warranty on the transmission runs out this coming July? (P.S. It has about 111,000 miles.) Thanks for any help.

Answers from the Automotive Experts

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Latoya, Why your MIL lamp is on will determine your drivability concerns. You can go to your local auto parts store and they can read the code for free and give you a generic description on why that light is on. You may be due for your 90k tune-up. Often this includes a timing belt replacement, spark plug and wire replacement, and a possible fuel filter. AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management I. Latoya, It sounds like you may have more than one problem going on with this vehicle. If you are not getting the results you want from the shop you are going to, I suggest having the vehicle diagnosed somewhere else. If it is related to the transmission, you will still have rights with your warranty. If you are having trouble finding a shop that you trust, Ask Patty has a list of female friendly shops. It's also always a good idea to ask your neighbors, friends and coworkers where they have their vehicles serviced. Good luck. Suzanne

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