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Dear Patty: I own a Nissan Altima 2001, my brakes do not hold very well when I am reverse parking in a space, they appear to grip and let loose and bumping into the car behind me, my mechanic told me its the master cylinder that the cause, can you please tell me is the reason, I recently had changed the brake linings on all four wheels, since then this ...
I have a 2004 Subaru Baja. After I drive it and get out of the car it smells alot like antifreeze. But my water level isn't going down any in the radiator. No Moisture on inner windshield wither like if it was a heater core. Got any other ideas? Thanks!
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

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