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A follow-up to my interior cleaning question for my Jetta with black faux leather interior. The expert suggested peanut butter to remove white stains from sunblock that has gotten on the door panel, steering wheel and a few other places. I also have some water/detergent spots left on the inside door panel from a car wash (window was slightly open). Do ...
When I accelerate in my Ford Windstar the speedometer fluctuates wildly. What is going on?
My 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 2wd has about 9,000 miles. When I go over speed bumps or travel @25mph on rough roads I hear a clunk or some kind of rattle in the front suspension like something is loose. I had my local mechanic check it out and he didnt see anything loose, my husband was also there under the car looking. I live about 100 miles from the closest ...
How do I shut off the check engine light on my 1992 Toyota Celica for Smog?
What is the problem with my transmission? I drive an automatic 2005 Honda Pilot. When I press on the gas, it sometimes feels like it wants to stall when the car reaches 35-40 mph as if it is having trouble shifting from one gear to the next.
My 2008 Mazda3 s GT 4 door is in a neighborhood auto shop for Strut replacement. The mechanic called and said he needs to charge $60 extra to reprogram the computer. Why would suspension work requirement resetting the computer?
MY 2001 Honda civic LX with 135,000 miles has developed a very pronounced low pitched hum in the left [drivers] front side. It begins at 35-40 mph and increases with road speed. It is not related to engine speed. When I've shifted the automatic transmission from drive into neutral and coasted- the sound stays constant. Turning the wheel left or right does ...

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