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The instrument panel on the dash for the transmission doesn't light up so I can't see what gear I'm in. Thank you

My battery had to be jumped and now periodically a loud clicking noise can be heard coming from dashboard when I start the car and when I’m driving, I couldn’t find any info in manual. Any ideas what is causing this?

My car is having trouble starting. Not every time I start the car, but it’s happening almost daily now. The only way I can describe it is an extended cranking time. It was about 3 solid seconds of cranking/turning over, but today it cranked for closer to 5 seconds. When it finally started, it sounded like it barely had enough juice to start. Then ...

My Jaguar starts, but does not accelerate.

Hello~ The A/C & Air Circulation lights flash intermittently when the fan is turned on. When the fan is off, the Air Vent light flashes. It's still heating the car but the defrost isn't working that well. Could this be a fuse or something much bigger, like a serpentine belt? Help!

I picked up a nail in a tire and went to the Firestone to get it repaired. Right after that, the car started pulling when braking. The wheel goes left and I feel like the back end goes right a small amount, but the travel still seems to be straight. Is it possible that Firestone damaged something when repairing the flat? What do I need to get someone to ...

Can I get a regular oil change without paying the high cost of a synthetic oil change?


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