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I recently had a bad vibration that came from the rear of the vehicle. After looking at the tires I did notice loose lug nuts and had them tightened. After having all the wheels checked I was told that all tires had at least two cracked or broken bolts and I had them replaced. I certainly feel safer, but what would cause this to happen and how often should ...
My used Nissan Maxima worked fine when I lived in Seattle. After moving to GA, the car has been giving problems and I have to take it to the mechanic almost every month for the past 7 months to change brakes, starter, belts..... My worry now is that when I drive, the normal noise of the car suddenly gets bigger ( Like flapping noise) for about a minute and ...
I put a new raditior on and a couple of days later is sounded like it was boiling and ever now and then when i drive a little bit faster is sounds like it is boiling what is that?
My car continues to over heat. The fans work. I have replaced the thermostat in it twice now. When the car is in idle that's when it over heats. I have to turn on the heat and start driving to cool things off.
How do I replace the oil pan on this make and model vehicle?
Which is the best resource to get an idea of what certain common repairs would cost in Houston(so I can have a price point as a reference)? RepairPal, CarMD or DriverSide? Also best resource to recommend a trusted shop?
The front brakes on my car went bad, My mechanic says I need brake pads and rotors. He also said the left caliper caused the problem. He is reccomending that I replace both front calipers and both front brakes hoses. My question is, Do I need the reccomended items? or is he just trying to sell me something I don't need.

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