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My buicks dome light, rear view mirror and odometer and gas gauge do not work. What do I do next?
Over the past year I have spent over $1,500 on repairs to my car (it has been driven 180,000 km's). My car has more problems. The brake lines are rusted, the locks on the front doors on either side no longer work properly (the key can't seem to be turned in the lock and takes forever to open, so I usually leave the car unlocked). Also, the car can't be ...
my 2000 buick century custom had a alternator problem i replace it with a new one change the battery wires and it wont charge what can that be ?
My car failed it's smog test. There is a broken wire in the evaporative purge solenoid pigtail. I've tried to find a used one since they don't make them anymore. No luck. Is there any way I can replace the wire inside or stick it back together. The guys all say the wire is too short. If I knew the connectors and the wire sizes, could I construct a ...
My Honda Accord 2003 has over 150,000 miles on it. I recently had to replace some parts such as the battery, timing belts, water pump, drive belt, etc. that I consider "maintenance" parts. However, it was also necessary to replace the cylinder head and head gasket set. Could this also be attributed to "wear and tear" ?
Hi Patty! I bought a 2009 Ford Focus on August 15th, 2012. Today the dealership told me the loud noise I am hearing when I turn the steering wheel are the strut bearings. Is this true and how many strut bearings does a car have and should they replace all of them or just the ones that are making the noise. Also, how much should this cost in Canadian ...
A mechanic said the right front strut was leaking. I have noticed that there was a great deal of road noise, so i had costco check the tires. They said there was an alignment problem on the right front side. Could it be both problems? Would a leaking strut be obvious if I climb under the car? Is changing a strut something I can do myself if I have the ...

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