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Hello. A year and a half ago my car's RPM meter would spike when I wasn't accelerating and eventually my car just wouldn't start. I took it in and found out that the thermostat and ect sensor were faulty. I had them repaired, and the coolant flushed, but now, a year and a half later, my car has the exact same problem. How long do these parts generally last? The parts are no longer under warranty (which lasts 1 year), but do you have any recommendations for how, or if, I should complain to the dealership that gave me parts that only lasted a year and a half? Thank you!

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Linda, I would definitely talk to the dealership. It seems very odd that you have the same problem after only a year and a half. Have them diagnose the vehicle to make sure this is truly the problem and then talk to the service manager and explain that you just had these parts replaced. These are not parts that should wear out in a year. Many times they last the lifetime of the vehicle. There may be another problem that they are missing and need to investigate. Good luck. Lori Johnson

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