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Every time I get my oil changed they suggest I flush my transmission fluid. I've tried to do some research online, but couldn't find much information. Is that really necessary?
I just bought a 1990 Nissan and I pride myself on trying to fix anything to do with a car but this is a bugger. I can turn the car over and it's a healthy engine but it's not firing or starting at all. The person that had it before me said it may have been from when he took the stereo out, he clipped a wire, but i checked in that area for hours and saw ...
We are a family of 6 (2 adults; 4 kids 7 and under); I just totaled our gas guzzling Mazda MPV; do we have any fuel efficient car alternatives that will (legally) transport all of us?
How can I find a connection in my area that will help me when I need to get my car repaired and not get ripped off?
I had a flat tire on the road and had to have it replaced. I know I should get another one so that I have two new tires. How important is it that they be the same brand? I feel I was overcharged and that company is the only one who sells the brand of tire (Kelly). Please help.
1996 Tahoe appears to be "slipping" into 4 wheel drive when driving. We notice a low pitch grinding sound and have to stop the Tahoe in order for it to go back into 2 wheel drive and at that point hear a "Clunk" sound as it disengages. The indicator light does Not indicate that it is going into 4 wheel when it does this. The problem has progressively gotten ...
I can't get my steering wheel to unlock. The key wont turn, I tried shifting the gears, pressing the brake moving the tires left and right now the steering column is locked and the keys won't turn.

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