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The automatic gear shift on my 2003 Toyota Camry has started locking up and I cannot drive. The AAA guy gave me a temporary solution (he showed me a small area to the left of the gear shift that was hidden, opened it up and when I press it down, the gear shift moves. Why is the car doing this-can you tell me? Any idea what it should cost to repair?
My beater Honda has 207,400 miles on it and is probably is not worth much more than $2000 because of the cosmetic condition inside and out. It needs a new timing belt and rear struts. I just had new front brakes put in for $560. Three estimates average the work for the timing belt/water pump, and struts out to be about $1150. At this point I am not sure ...
How do I increase my 4.3L to a 4.6L engine?
Patty, I wonder if you're website might be looking for any good ideas for Father's Day Gift shopping? 75% of our buyers are females looking for automotive gifts. Please visit our trademarked items at www.bustedknucklegarage.com We sell direct and through such companies as MAC Tools, Advance Auto, Summit Racing, CSK Auto etc. Thank you for ...
What are the best years for used Altimas? I need to buy one for 4-5K max... or is there another car brand that would be fairly reliable. I do not mind if this vehicle comes without automatic windows, seats etc. Thanks
About a year ago (?) the odometer reading on my dashboard "disappeared". I was told it was the cluster that needed to be replaced, and that it would cost me $500. He also said it probably was not worth it to have it replaced, and I did not have the money, so I never did. Now, I have to get a smog check, and I went to a test-only center. The guy there ...
Is the "service engine soon" light the same as the "check engine light"? I had the service engine soon light on for a couple of days but now it is off. Thanks for your help!

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