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The digital clock, an integrated part of the CD player, radio, cassette player in my 03 Toyota Matrix XR, loses time if the car sits idle for several days in a row. Naturally this occurred several months after my warranty expired. A new unit from Toyota is $455 plus $45 installation. Any idea *why* the clock is doing this? I'm still using the same battery ...
I replaced the altenator and the battery in my 1999 5.7 v8 chevy tahoe and it still won't start. can you help??
Hi, I am driving 94 Buick Skylark 4Dr Sedan. Everything is fine but gear shifting after overnight parking. The transmission not responding until idling long time (1-3 min). It is o.k. once it works and during operation. Thank you.
What does ASE certified mean? Also, for women without access to the internet, is there a phone number to ask questions? Or is it only through e-mail. Thank you!
Is engine really bad when "check engine soon" light comes on
Dear Patty, We have two Chrysler convertibles - a 1990 LeBaron and a 2004 Sebring. A collision shop guy told my husband never to drive around with the top down and the windows up. He said it was bad for the windows. Generally, we leave the windows down - that's the point of a convertible. But sometimes it'd be nice to have them up, especially ...
I wrote an asked you a question on a 2003 Monte Carlo SS. You wrote back and I took it to my GM dealer and they didn't even look at it. They told me this is normal for that car made from 1999 to 2004. So I took it to another person that has a shop and he told me the same thing. No one even rode with me or looked at it. It says in the computer that no ...

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