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How do I remove paint from my tires and wheel wells of my 2007 Murano? I was UNABLE to avoid 1 gal. of water-based paint in the road and fortunately had towels and water to remove the paint from the car but not the tires. By the time I got home to do so, it is not coming off.
What causes my truck to idle up and down when I start it ?
I just got a 2 yr-old Toyota Tacoma pickup handed down to me from my dad, but my dad passed away so I really do not know what sorts of things I need to do to upkeep a car. I was wondering if there was a simple list of maintenance things I should be looking for at a certain mileage point (Like at what mileage is good to change a timing belt, change brakes, ...
I need 4 new all season tires for a 2005 Nissan Maxima SE, traction handling good sidewalls 245/45/18 what is a very good tire?
My headlights wont work, I changed the bulbs and the fuse. The high beams and parking lights are working, but not the regular headlights.
I have a 2007 HHR with 42,000 miles. When I drive the car with just 2 people in it and I apply the brakes everything seems ok. I had 4 people in the car and when I applied the brakes to stop the front end has a bad shimmy. Any ideas? Thanks
I have a 10 year old Toyota Sequoia that our 16 year old son will be driving for about a year before trading it in for something a little newer for him. The Yaw Rate sensor is malfunctioning and the Toyota dealership wants $1360 to fix it. How much safer does a 10 year old Yaw Rate sensor make this car? Do you think it is worth fixing?

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