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I am looking to buy a 2006 Acura TL which recommends using 91 octane fuel. Can I run the vehicle on 89 or 87 octane ? I know there will be a lose of performance, but will there be any harm to my engine ?
What is the correct process for finding the source of an air conditioning problem? The air only blows hot air.
What could be wrong with my air conditioner? I have a 2002 Ford Explorer that has 66k miles. The fan on the air conditioner is hardly blowing. It does not change when the speed dial is adjusted - including max air. It seems to be blowing slightly more at the round vents at the top of the dash.
My 2004 Audi A6 accidentally got the transmission fluid plug pulled the car has 114,500 and has never had been changed. I had more transmission fluid added. I was advised not to have my transmission flushed. Is my car ok?
Will a 6 disc CD changer out of a 2006 Monte Carlo SS work in a 2006 Monte Carlo LT?
I am a first time car buyer. I am looking for an all wheel drive car. What cars are best for me? Also, what should I do to prepare for looking at cars?
I am in San Diego, CA and I have a 2000 Ford Windstar. For the last week it has been shifting/behaving awkwardly when I accelerate from a stop or after slowing down. It felt like the jerk you feel when riding with someone who does not drive a 5-speed well. 2 days ago it jerked more than usual. After driving 16.6miles I parked. As I parked I pulled a little ...

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