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I would appreciate if you let me know whether a Honda accord ex 1992 qualifies for the cash for clunkers program. How does one know which car is qualified? How does one go about it? If above mentioned car does qualify where do we go to buy a new car? We live in Cleveland. We do not want to spend too much. We would prefer a Honda or Toyota or Nissan with ...
I have 98 mercury tracer with 103,000. Runs good, no problems. Should timing belt be replaced and if so should I go ahead and replace water pump while everything is off for future maintenance problems. and costs. Or wait and keep driving since no problems at present.
What is the highest amount of mileage a 1999 Lexus GS300 can withstand without any engine problems?
I was in the market for a new car a couple of weeks ago. After requesting on line quotes, I visited several car dealers to renegotiate the deal. As the sell got closer the car dealers asked to run my credit history. That is expected. The thing was that I had already been pre-approved for a car loan through my credit union. It was my understanding that if I ...
My engine temperature goes up higher than normal but only with my air conditioning on.
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.

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