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I have a 1999 Audi Avant that needs new tires. What would you recommend if I am not sure I will be keeping the car for a long time?
2 Yrs ago I put new Michelin tires on my car. The day I got them and picked the car up at the dealers , the tires sidewall's looked brown or faded. Not new & black. But they were supposed to be new tires. I thought they would shine up after some tire dressing. They still look the same ( old)- what could that be from ?? sally
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My 96 Lexus ES300 is making a squealing noise, I think its the main belt. The belt is not cracked or worn out, in fact it is fairly new, any ideas on how to stop the squealing noise?
I have an 08 RAV4 that is not on recall list yet. I am very worried that the recall will grow; that we have not learned all on recall yet. I think I want to trade in, but I am upside down in my loan. Any advice, please?!
I have a 2001 Xterra and last summer paid to have the belt replaced because there was a loud screeching noise each time I started it up. It is making the noise again and now I hear a whining noise when I turn the corner (mostly turning to the left). The noise seems to go away when I have driven for a few miles but the screeching happens each time I start ...
I went through a puddle of slush w/my 2002 Kia Spectra. The lights,radio,clock etc. started going dim. Got home the car died out. tightened the belts. But still wont stay running. Only for a minute. Alternator is new.(will take a jump but dies out again) What could be wrong.

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