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I just got a used Dodge Caravan from my parents. The van has sat idle for about 8 years. What do I need to do to get it safe to drive. We just changed the dead battery. None of the service lights go on so I wonder if it is safe to drive on a 2 hour trip.
Hi Ladies, I have an issue with my 00 Xterra. I have a very strong gasoline odor coming from the vehicle after I drive it. It eventually goes away, but when I pull into the garage, the fumes are horrible. I have taken it to the shop, and they said there are not any fuel leaks. The only thing I notice is that when I take the gas cap off, it appears ...
I am looking at buying a 2007 PT Cruiser. I keep hearing about problems with oil and I am not sure if this car is mechanically sound?
I have been having a problem starting my car for several months now. One interesting thing about it is that it is never in the morning, it always happens after the car has warmed up. I have had a distributor cap changed, main relay changed because of that and the problem still keeps coming back. It cranks but does not turn over. The battery was also ...
I recently had a flat tire & the car had to be towed because the lugs (as usual) were too tight for the AAA mechanic to remove the tire himself. As a result, I not only had to get a new tire, but 3 of the 4 lugs and one of the studs had to be replaced. How do I get shop mechanics to stop over tightening lugs and how tight should they be?
The fuse that controls the gas gauge,alternator and speedometer on my 1991 chevrolet c3500 motorhome blew out twice in a row.What could be shorting out. The guy I bought it from drove it to my home (about 45 miles)after the fuse blew the first time.He said it did not affect the driving. My husband replaced the fuse and the gauges worked again. The next ...
I have a 2003 hyundai w/ almost 200,000 miles every time I go to put gas it will not start I have to push on the gas pedal to get it running. Last tune was two & half yrs ago I took it in to a mechanic & they ca not figure it out, cannot afford to take it to the dealer.

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