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Recently I had my mechanic, not a dealer mechanic, check my idle for being to low. He cleaned it and now it is idling at 1400 all the time. He said that because it is computerized there is nothing he can do. Any ideas? Thanks
My step mom works at a salvage yard and when cars come in, employees siphon out the gas, filter it, and take it home. My dad and step mom use the gas and say it is perfectly fine. I am very skeptical on putting the gas in my car...is this gas okay to use?
how much should an alternator installed in a 98 Ford Escort cost?
My driver side window will not go back up now.Everything is power. Help, Is there a reliable dealer in my area to fix it? Thanks.
I recently leased a vehicle through an auto broker. After all of the paperwork was signed I realized the broker had not paid the dealership the $1200 down payment I had given him. Do you have any suggestions on what recourse I have? I have filed a fraud claim with my bank, filed a complaint with the BBB (to which he has not responded to date), and am ...
My 1997 Altima leaked oil so I took in to get it looked at. They told me they needed to changed the valve cover and wanted to steam clean the engine (at an extra cost) to make sure it was fixed. I told them no to the cleaning but yes to the repair. When I picked it up they told me they cleaned up the engine a little (no charge) and if it still leaked to ...
I have 3 children all using booster seats. Where can I buy 3 boosters that will fit into my bmw 530i simultaneously?

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