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my sister gave me her Jeep Cherokee Laredo circa 2000. She said the engine was rebuilt last year, but now the check engine light is on and it's running rough. Computer says cylinder #6. Should I just get a tune-up or should I suspect a chronic problem with this model?
I recently got pre-approved for a $15,000 auto loan. My boyfriend took me to a Nissan Dealer and negotiated a 2010 Nissan Altima SR with 6,000 miles for $16,729. Was this a good deal? Family members are telling I could get a brand new car for cheaper.
I have a 1998 ford contour that over heated 2 days ago. The low coolant light was on, the check engine light was on and the Temperature gauge was all the way past the red. I replaced the fluid and changed the thermostat. The engine light went off and so did the low coolant light but for some reason the temp gauge does not move. I heard there is a switch ...
My car makes a screechy sound when I am driving, but not when I brake, and it is louder when I turn the wheel. I was wondering if there were any indicators of what this might be? I really do not want to get ripped off!
My honda accord, 1998, paint is literally peeling and FLAKING off. I would like to sand off the hood which is the worst area. What type of sandpaper should I use? What is wet sand paper? Can I use outdoor rust spay paint from Home Depot? Not that I want to mislead anyone but am selling my car and the hood is a real deal breaker.
Recently my 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser stated making noise from the rear. I have heard that there is a manufacture problem with the gears loosing teeth,and that the dealerships are reluctant to cover under warranty. How can I verify this problem so that the dealership will honor my extended warranty?
About 8 months ago the slave cylinder in my 2005 manual transmission Ford Focus went out. At the time the car had under 40,000 miles on it. When the cylinder went it took out the pressure plate and did major damage to the transmission. At the time it was not paid off, so I paid to have the transmission rebuilt, replaced the master & slave cylinders, the ...

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