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I have been smelling gas after driving my car and turning the engine off. Burnt gas. I went to a mechanic and he said something about a valve or transmission or something like a gasket leaking. He fixed it but I still smell it. I don't want to take it back to him b/c he showed poor workmanship. Can you tell what is going on from what I telling you.
Hello. A year and a half ago my car's RPM meter would spike when I wasn't accelerating and eventually my car just wouldn't start. I took it in and found out that the thermostat and ect sensor were faulty. I had them repaired, and the coolant flushed, but now, a year and a half later, my car has the exact same problem. How long do these parts generally last? ...
The positive (+) and negative (-) terminals on our 99 Mazda Miata's battery are not marked. Need to jump it but am afraid to as I cannot tell which is which. Thank you!
Will you please share with me the name and address of the president of GMC? Thanks.
Is there a standard number of revolutions for a tie rod end? If not about how many. The vehicle has 118,000 miles on it.
You are the only person I trust - My Pontiac Vibe has a clicking sound when I push on the brake petal Any Ideas?
Hello, I've been in the auto industry business ( in Florida) for over 25 years. I called on almost every car dealer from Savannah, Brunswick, Waycross, Ga to Lake City, Ocala, Jacksonville, and St Augustine, Fl. Why are there no certified dealers within 150 miles from my zip code (jacksonville area)? I really like your concept and have mentioned ...

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