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My 2000 Dodge Stratus has been over heating on and off for the past couple of weeks. I want to know what could this be? Also, what do I need to look for when trying to find a good mechanic who want over charge me? I just had a mechanic try to rip me off.
I just bought a 2014 Dodge Avenger brand new. The salesman made sure that the car was ready for me and that it had a full tank of gas. I picked it up from the dealer late last night and I noticed my "check engine light" was on. I was thinking it may be that the gas cap was loose but I know it can be a number of things, major or minor. Can I get some clarity ...
Recently, I pulled into a parking lot and I pulled my e-brake first, being occupied by something. I turned the car off directly after that and tried pulling the key out, stunned and feeling dumb I tried pulling the key out and of course nothing. Once I realized the car wasn't in park I grabbed the shifter and placed it in park and took the key out. Now I'm ...
Recently your website was mentioned in an A/P article by DeeAnn Durbin. It said that in an effort to appeal to women, auto mfgrs. are offering cooking demos, male models and tours. Are they serious? I am female, in my mid 60,s and have some disposable income for a somewhat higher end new car. I want to shop for this car myself but am too intimidated. ...
How much will labor and parts cost to do a tune up and brake job on my 2007 Suzuki Aerio?
Soon after the extremely cold change in the weather and my getting the windshield wiper transmission fixed on my 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, my heat stopped working properly in my car. Before these two events the heat worked perfectly but I cant decide if it was the 15 below zero temperatures or the repair man who installed my windshield wiper transmission. We ...
After changing out the transmission computer module on a 2000 Nissan Xera. Will I need to take the vehicle in to be reprogrammed or will it reboot after reconnecting to the car battery. The Xera is a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

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