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I have an 2004 Ford Freestar and I am changing the alternator. I cannot loosen the tension to slip the belt back on. the ratchet I have is too big to fit in this small space Is there something I can do, or maybe a size I need. I do not want to strip the bolt.
The dealer keeps telling me that I need to get the timing chain changed on my 2002 Hyundai Sonata before I reach 60,000 miles. What happens if I do not do this? It is an expensive repair and I do not know if it is necessary.
My 1999 Jeep dies out mostly in the a.m. when I back out of my garage. I need to let it warm up every time it sits for a few hours or it dies. after it dies I start it up and it works but it takes awhile until I drive to feel normal. My mechanic has tried different things but still does the same. What do you think it can be?
I am in San Diego, CA and I have a 2000 Ford Windstar. For the last week it has been shifting/behaving awkwardly when I accelerate from a stop or after slowing down. It felt like the jerk you feel when riding with someone who does not drive a 5-speed well. 2 days ago it jerked more than usual. After driving 16.6miles I parked. As I parked I pulled a little ...
My 2004 Audi A6 accidentally got the transmission fluid plug pulled the car has 114,500 and has never had been changed. I had more transmission fluid added. I was advised not to have my transmission flushed. Is my car ok?
I am looking to buy a 2006 Acura TL which recommends using 91 octane fuel. Can I run the vehicle on 89 or 87 octane ? I know there will be a lose of performance, but will there be any harm to my engine ?
I was in the market for a new car a couple of weeks ago. After requesting on line quotes, I visited several car dealers to renegotiate the deal. As the sell got closer the car dealers asked to run my credit history. That is expected. The thing was that I had already been pre-approved for a car loan through my credit union. It was my understanding that if I ...

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