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I have a 1998 Olds Cutlass. Just got it out of shop today with $1045 bill due to overheating and loss of antifreeze. Broke down on me before the day was out. Gauge pegged at 260deg. Should I stop payment on check until it is fixed properly? He replaced water pump, flushed RAD, worked on intake.
How do I know if I need a alignment, when I hit my brakes my car pulls very bad to the left?
How often should I change my transmission fluid in my Chevrolet Tahoe?
Hi, I have a 99 Chrysler T&C with about 206,000 miles on it. It runs like a top with the exception of getting hot while in traffic with the AC on, especially with both front and rear ACs. I had it in at Firestone for a radiator flush and they left it idle with both units running and it never got hot. They said the computer readout said it needed a ...
I am considering a purchase of a 2007 Mercury Mariner. It has 22k miles. The dealer is offering a lifetime warranty on the engine and transmission. What would be a fair price to pay? What are some questions you suggest I ask?
My 2002 Ford Explorer refuses to start on the first crank. Yet it starts readily the second or third attempt. Help, please.
I am about to sell my 2003 Saturn Ion 3 (good condition) in Los Angeles county. I want to be rid of it by the end of the month. Is this a realistic expectation? What are the first steps in the process?

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