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A Toyota dealership wants to charge me $130 to change my transmission fluid. A local service shop wants to charge less than $ 50. This repair shop has a excellent reputation. It is so frustrating to understand this discrepancy. Since my car is not under warranty is there an overriding reason that I should use a Toyota dealer?
I have a2009 Dodge Caliber SXT with about 86,000 miles. Sometimes when I accelerate I can hear a whining noise and then when I let off the gas it stops. I don't hear it all the time and sometimes it's loud and sometimes it's less noticable. Thank You
When I start the my 2008 VW beetle in the morning, a red picture shows up on the dash board that looks like a small flag in water. What does it mean? Am I at risk to drive the car before I get the symbol checked out? Is it the oil or some other fluid indicator?
I am starting work on my 1951 dodge b3-c truck. As a temporary measure while working on engine/electrical, how can I de-rust and stabilize the floor? It is firm metal, but rusty and crusty.
How much should I pay for rear brakes and rotors replacement on my 2011 Chevrolet Malibu at a dealership?
just had my front brake pads on my 1998 Ford Escort replaced, and now when driving it smells like somthing burning. The smell come and goes. Also, I hear a noise, not sure where it is coming from, ether under the hood or the dash.
The hazards lights on my 2004 Dodge Dakota came on randomly last night and would not turn off. I had to disconnect the battery to make it stop. Fuse problem?

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