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My 2005 Mini Cooper has 127K miles, I've had it since 2008, with 57K miles. It has been consistently, carefully maintained by my mechanics since then. Took it in for a maintenance check because the "check engine" light had flicked on and off, and because I'm going on an 1800-mile trip in a week or two. My guys called me back and said cylinder 4 has very ...
I have a GMC Arcadia should I use synthetic oil?
There is a miss in the engine at certain speeds when the motor is under a strain on my Dodge Caravan. This does not happen all the time. Some times the van will cut out.the van shows a code in the dash. The code will disappear on its own from time to time. I have had the van at the dealership and they have been unable to fix the problem. They think that it ...
When I press the brake pedal on my Honda Accord, the brake lights and the parking lights come on, as well as the brake tail lamp light on the dash. I thought it was the brake light switch, so I adjusted that, but still she same. I replaced brake/tail light bulbs, and turn signal bulbs, but still the same. Please help!
Hello. This morning while I was taking my husband to work in our Toyota Camry, I was trying to catch a green light but didn't make it on time, so when I braked, the little red engine light flickered. It didn't stay on though? I'm pretty sure it means I need oil because my last oil change was in July. My question is how much is an oil change? For labor and ...
The horn stopped working on my Dodge Avenger. All the fuses are good. Where do I go next?
Hi, I have had my 2008 Suzuki XL-7 for approx 6 months now. My son notices a phone icon (it was not lit but the sun hit it just right) on the display of our stereo. Does this mean my car is equipt to pair my cell phone up with it so I can use my speakers as phone speakers while driving. P.s. I just read secripn on bottom and realized I'm probably not ...

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