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I just bought a new Toyota Camry and my owner manual recommends 0W20 for better fuel economy. Do I need to use the 0W20 engine oil or can I use 5W20? Does 0W20 really provide better fuel economy?
Question: can you tell the difference based on the buckling of the hood as to whether a vehicle was hit head on or whether it rear ended a vehicle?
Hi there: My window wiper blades work but do not shoot any fluid out. What could be the problem and where should I go to get the problem fixed?
My 2002 Chevy Silverado will hook in to Massachusetts diagnostic inspection machine but doesn't get any kind of reading. Any suggestions?
I am a vocational counselor and I work to help people with disabilities get jobs and work. Are you aware of any agencies that donate cars to people with disabilities? I am looking for a car for a client of mine. He has no joints in his arms and legs and cannot ride a bus. They are looking for something about the size of a Murano. His parents have to drive ...
I just got a 1992 Dodge Shadow ES convertible from my sister (her kids are finally done with it). How do you clean a filthy white convertible top? And I would like to use Rain-Ex & De-Fog on the plastic window in the back, but not sure if I can...
My daughters car is a 1999 Saturn SC2. My mechanic says the brake pads/caliper, etc. are fine, but the pedal is very soft. What could be the cause? I checked the brake fluid and it is not low. The car stops/slows fine.

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