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I have a 2000 Toyota 4-Runner and it has 162K miles on it. It is in great condition and I have done little repair on it. My mechanic has recommended a transmission fluid flush and power steering fluid flush (or change maybe. Are these necessary? I was told by someone these are closed systems and not exactly necessary procedures.
I own a year 2000 Audi A4 1.8T quattro Rear right wheel / drum noise - It sounds like a hollow drum / squeaky spring sound , usually when I go over an uneven surface . Also, tires - 2 yr 7 months old P205/60R-15 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred all 4 were new. for some time now, front wheels have low air & right front wheel loses air despite being ...
My 07 Suburban has 90,000 miles and gets 13 mpg. I have three kids, and could get by with a smaller vehicle most days. But once a month or so I do need the extra passenger and cargo space in the Suburban. Should I trade it for a new one ($40,000 after trade-in), or keep it around and get a cheaper vehicle ($30,000 with no trade-in) that uses less gas for ...
Should I replace just the rubber inserts of my windshield wipers or the integrated assembly of rubber insert and frame. Some people push the rubber only inserts as cheaper and not too difficult to do; others say a new frame with rubber insert already attached assures a better fitted and secure new experience and is much easier to do but it can be ...
My check engine light was on for some time. My mechanic was monitoring it until finally said that my catalytic converter needed to be replaced to pass inspection. I just picked up the car and it seems to be noisier than before the replacement. The noise is coming from underneath the car near the driver seat. Will this noise go away after some driving or ...
Hi: My husband and I live in Canada, just across the border from Washington state. We have a 2004 Pontiac Vibe (built by Toyota) with 92,700 KM (about 68,000 miles) on it which we like, generally. It is going to need about $1200 in brakes and tires later this year, and the CD player is shot. Otherwise, it is fine, in great shape with no accidents, and ...
How difficult is it to replace a healdlight bulb in 2008 vw gti, and will the headlight be out of alignment afterwards?

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