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I am interested in completing a full automotive program to be an ASE certified mechanic. I am female and am interested in female-friendly automotive programs in the United States or Canada. Do you have any recommendations for female-friendly automotive programs? I hear often that women are not wanted or welcomed into these programs. I was hoping that ...
The malfunction indicator light on my Jetta dashboard has been going on for the past 6 months. I have taken it in to the shop at least 6x but the problem is never resolved. I have had a new catalytic converter put in, and yesterday a new thermometer but the light is on again! When the mechanic scanned for faults, four appeared: a problem with the cooling ...
Hello, My name is Josie, and I am a 22 year-old who has been saving up my money for a car for the past 5 years and am ready to buy. Since I am still young, I want to buy something fun and sporty. I have always LOVED the Ford Mustang, of all years. The only problem is that I live in Ottawa, Canada. Do you think its possible to drive this car around in the ...
Hello, Would you help please. My drive way parking is curly about 30% angle and up, everytime I park my car, the steering wheel always turn almost up side down. I and my husband always argue about the steering wheel. He said I HAVE TO turn the steering wheel straight back. Do I have to turn the steering wheel straight back when I park my car?
I was told that I need a new thermometer but my engine does not over heat, except occasionally when I run the air conditioner. I have also noticed my car sounds a little like a jet engine. Can you help?
I had scratched the side of my car across three panels. Not enough to dent the car but bad enough to need repairing. It has gone into the body shop who said it would look like new, and they explained that that they would rub down around the scratch, lightly fill the worst part, paint the repaired area then lacquer the whole of the three panels so that you ...
Hi Patty, I was hoping to take a basic auto repair course, very basic! I am a native New Yorker that has never needed a car, but having moved to the suburbs I decided to learn to drive. I am nearly 40 years old and I do not feel secure driving my children around without the very basic knowledge needed. I did purchase three books, the For Dummies ...

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