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Is it important to the life of your fuel pump to keep your fuel tank level at or above 1/4 full? My friend says modern cars have an in-tank fuel pump and gasoline acts as a coolant. Low levels in the tank reduces the cooling effect and the pump wears out quicker. This sounds ridiculous to me, is he correct?
The car idles fine. When driving at at a slow acceleration no problem. but at faster acceleration car will miss,hesitate. Driving steady speed no problem. If put in neutral and step on gas engine will miss or hesitate. I have tested Coils and ignition control module checks out ok. Was wondering if the catalytic converter might be the problem. Thank ...
What is that cloth called that on the ceiling of my car? And can I replace it myself? If not, any idea how much that would cost? Thanks.
I just finished up the second year of a 3-year lease on a 2006 Volvo S60. At the time I got into the vehicle, I was only driving 10K miles per year, so the 36K limit did not seem a problem. But things change. I am now committed to a new commute for my childs sport that is going to put me way over my miles. I was not thinking of buying the car, because ...
I have am researching using hydrogen to help with fuel economy and trying to figure out if it really works. The site I have looked at the most is water4gas.com. I am getting 15 mpg on my Tahoe and trying to find something that will improve the mpg. Can you please help? Thank You
I am having trouble getting the keys out of the ignition when I turn the car off. Sometimes there is no trouble and sometimes it can take up to 10 minutes. Do you know what might cause this, and how much I can expect to pay if I take it to a shop? Thanks!
My brakes seem overly sensitive. They almost lock up, and the tires seem to skid one or two feet before stopping the vehicle. I thought it was from sand on the road, but there was no sand the second time it happened.

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