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Bought it used, started having transmissions problems, transmission is now gone and can't drive. All anyone will give me is $500 for it. It's a nice car and I love it and just need to get to work & back. Replacing or fixing it costs is averaging 2K. My budget is so tight I can not lose my job and have no idea of any other options or solutions. Can you ...
Hello ladies, I have a bit of a problem with my 2000 Subabru Outback. It first off has 189,600 miles on it and have had it for only ten months. I have two different problems with it currently. 1. My steering wheel vibrates pretty bad when I am going around 60 mph or faster. This happened out of no where when I was driving on a long trip. I did ...
Took car to repair shop for grinding type noise and smoke coming from left front wheel well. Repair shop determined caliper had seized and needed to be replaced. I agreed to that repair; however, later learned the hoof and rotor were also replaced (very expensive). Is it standard protocol to replace hoof and rotor when caliper is replaced? (sorry for ...
I am not happy with the fuel mileage I am getting. My car just turned 15000 miles so break in period is OVER. I been reading other post from people who are frustrated as me with the fuel mileage. I have the 4 cylinder front wheel drive 1 liter. In snow forget about using this vehicle. I know its not 4 wheel drive but even when you shut the traction control ...
After changing the alternator, I notice that the car is running rough and the check engine light is on. What could it be?
1. My vehicle has 4 oxygen sensors...how do I know which one to replace.? 2. How important is it to replace it? 3. Will this sensor malfunction effect the engine 4. How difficult is it to replace it 5. How much do they cost?
I need new brake pads and rotors for my car. I figured it would be cheaper to buy them and then have a mechanic install it, vs having the mechanic buy it. I see various prices and brands and am not exactly sure where to start. What should I be looking for and is there brake pads and rotors designed especially for my car. It's a 2009 Dodge Caliber

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