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I used a gel air freshener in my car and plastic is damaged; gel DID not drip on plastic but air freshener flowing in the air caused this. Has anyone else had this problem?
I have a 1996 Fort Taurus 6 cylinder which kind of surges when I am stopped at a light. Also seem to be using lots of fuel. Any idea what may cause this. Thank You
When driving, white smoke comes out from tailpipes. What does that mean?
1999 Dodge Caravan: the check strap on the front doors squeaks from inside the door as it is opened/closed. I have tried to squirt lube up into the door, but no luck. How do I lube that door check? Thanks!! Norm
I am getting 4 new tires installed and my car and the majority of parts guys I have spoken with have told me that I only need them balanced and mounted and that an alignment was not necessary. I have always had new tires aligned and was told how bad it was not to have them aligned. My current tires have worn evenly and I have never had issues with them, so ...
In 2009 I was financed for a 2009 Honda Civic coupe. In April of 2010 I was in a car accident that resulted in the total loss of my car. My insurance company has stated that I never had comp or collision insurance on the car. I was never notified by the dealership or my finance company that my insurance was not sufficient. Legally can you leave a dealership ...
My car (a 2006 Kia)will soon have 30,000 miles on it. The dealers cost for check up far exceeds what I can afford. Exactly what is covered in the 30,000 mile check-up? can I trust auto repair shops to do proper maintenance?

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