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I am a 22 year old female who just finished a 2-year automotive program at Highland Community College in Illinois. How can I find a female-friendly garage where I can begin working? I am great with customers and can hold my own with the guys. How do I find a place to get started in my career? I live near Rochelle, IL.
Our 2001 Subaru Outback: can a faulty water pump cause the cabin heating system to run irregularly? There is little rhyme or reason to when it is blows warm air versus cool air. We smell gasoline odor within the cabin on extremely cold days. The odor is so strong, I will open the windows in sub zero temperatures. Apparently, while the engine is still ...
I hear a rattling kind of noise in the front of my car, I have a manual. It's loudest when in slowing down to turn or when idling.
My car is clicking in the engine. What is wrong with it? Whenever I turn it on it clicks and it clicks at a pretty fast pace too. It sounds like a metronome set at an allegro tempo. I don't know if this is dangerous or not. Please help!
just got in my car and my check engine light is on what could it be?
Turned dial to defrost, and now will not change back to blowing out the dash vents
Water on drivers side floorboard, is it a problem with a.c. drain, and if so where located?

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