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I have an 2004 Ford Freestar and I am changing the alternator. I cannot loosen the tension to slip the belt back on. the ratchet I have is too big to fit in this small space Is there something I can do, or maybe a size I need. I do not want to strip the bolt.
My 94 ford Taurus 3.8 engine with 47,000 miles has been setting for about a year. about 5 months ago I had the oil changed and it looked fine, now I checked the oil and find it chocolatey in color and my radiator has a slow leak near head(?)gasket. my friend told me just put sealant in the radiator and that should fix it. What do I do?
Hi, I have a 2000 Subaru Forrester. I use my local Subaru dealership for all my Subaru service. They are recommending I replace the drive shaft. I trust them, but this is an expensive repair. Are there any questions I should ask before they do the repair to verify this is really worn out? Also, they said I could keep costs down by replacing it with a used ...
What is the best premium gas to use? c6 owner?
Hello Patty, Well our family needs a new car and we only have 1000 dollars in our account. Our credit is pretty bad but our income okay. We need a car for our four kids what should we do. How do we negotiate with small amount of money? My husbands job just cut down his hours and we need a car for the family . Any advice on trying to close a deal?
Can I have my BMW 525i Brake fluid changed at a GoodYear facility vs the BMW dealer?
I am trying to decide if I should fix up my minivan and keep it or trade it in. It is a Chrysler Voyager minivan, 2000, 123K miles, in fair condition, and needs some cosmetic work as well as fixing the air conditioning, plus other work. I saw somewhere that repairs totaling 15 - 25% were reasonable if I was going to keep it, and a higher amount would be ...

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