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I live in the Mpls. area and I would like to know if there is a basic car maintenance course you would recommend for my 17 year old daughter (a new driver) and I?
Dear Women! (hooray!) My 1986 Jetta, diesel, 1.6, converted to run on grease a couple of years ago, has not been driven for 3 months. It will not start. It may be that fuel is not reaching the engine. I removed the fuel line from the part that the line comes out of immediately before it goes to the glow plugs (carburetor?), turned on the ignition and ...
My mechanic says my catalytic converter on my 2000 Nissan Maxima SE is shot. He works at a Nissan shop and said the part/labor is over $1K. My question is, how important is this part and could I replace it with a used part (since the car is almost 10 year)? Suggestions?
What Nissan models give the best fuel economy and seat six passengers?
My car pulls significantly to the left. I think it needs an alignment job. I have a coupon for 39.95 alignment special castor, camber and two applicable free chassis safety inspection. Is there anything I need to know before I take my car in?
When I drive there is a squeaky brake sound! Also squeaky when actually braking...very embarrassing and loud! Do I need new brakes? Could it be anything else?
The blower in my 1996 Cadillac Deville does not work any more what do I do?

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