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My oil light has been on for the last two days maybe more I do not know, now today half way to work my check engine light came on. Not only that but there is a strange noise coming from the hood. It is not a squeaking or a clanking or a scratching, and it is not very loud. Is it just that it needs oil? I do not really have the money to fix it and its my ...
I had a question about car seat/booster seat safety. My son is 2 1/2 and big for his age. He weighs 32 lbs and he is over 3 feet tall. His car seat says up to 40 lbs is fine, but his shoulders are coming above the highest shoulder strap now and that is not safe. I know there are booster seats for kids as small as 30 lbs, but he seems so young for a booster. ...
Hi, we bought our Prius 2007, and we have already maintained it once. Now the signal on the dash board is telling us it is already time again! The car works fine and maintenance costs over 100 dollars. What happens if we ignore it? Does it really need to be checked that often?
I just bought a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville and the driver's seat belt has a small problem. It tends to curl in the vertical direction, which makes the sides poke me in the chest in a rather uncomfortable way! Do I need to replace the whole seat belt to fix this problem or is there a way to purchase a straightener or other device to stop the curling?
Just wondering what you thought of the new GMC Acaida? I am looking for a car with more room... this kind of looks like a giant RX 300 or Acura MDX. Also, what about the MDX? Seems it is very similar to the size of the RX 300 that I drive now. Thanks! Julie
Do you know of any women who do car detailing in Montpelier - VT area or any where in VT ? Thank you
Dealer is trying to get me to buy a paint protection product called (PPS). Is it worth it for a new car or am I wasting my money? What else do you recommend would be better. I live in VT and need to protect my new car paint. Thank you!!

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