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My 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse makes a horrible high-pitched hum, almost a squeel, when my foot is on the gas, and it
I want a SmartCar but I have two children and need the 4-seater that I think is only sold in Europe. Is there any way to buy a 4-door SmartCar here in the US? How does international shipping work. I seriously want to purchase.
Hi Patty- I had accidentally driven about 2 miles (slow speed) with the parking brake on. Then I noticed the Check Engine light came on. I checked the manual, gas cap is not loose, fuel is not low, it says to drive about 40 trips (now about 5 trips) and it is still on. 1. Would my mistake with the parking brake cause that to go on? 2. "trip" is about ...
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT.. I have recently replaced my alternator, a new battery, and a rebuilt dashboard cluster. I had a diagnostic which read my engine to be operating well. The mechanic was not the best, as He mixed up the fuses under the dashboard. I get the annoying check engine light now, and It never came on before the repairs. The lights ...
Having trouble finding the problem with the lights on the dash. Do you know if there is a fuse. I did have the car to my auto mech. He ordered a part from Chrysler that did not fix the problem. I emailed Chrysler and there answer was take it to a dealer. (of course). Any suggestions. Thanks
BMW 740 142,000 miles automatic trans will not upshift into overdrive
Hi Patty, What is the average cost of a rear brake job for a 2002 Honda Accord? I was just charged $206.00. Is that fair? Thanks so much! Kathleen

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