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The malfunction indicator light on my Jetta dashboard has been going on for the past 6 months. I have taken it in to the shop at least 6x but the problem is never resolved. I have had a new catalytic converter put in, and yesterday a new thermometer but the light is on again! When the mechanic scanned for faults, four appeared: a problem with the cooling ...
I am interested in completing a full automotive program to be an ASE certified mechanic. I am female and am interested in female-friendly automotive programs in the United States or Canada. Do you have any recommendations for female-friendly automotive programs? I hear often that women are not wanted or welcomed into these programs. I was hoping that ...
When using a auto repair shop, does the customer get the Core charge back or the shop
check engine light is on.. they say i need a cat converter that runs over 800 bucks. not replacing it can cause engine damage. how do i know that i need it? car runs ok
I am looking for a new vehicle. Below are those that I am considering. I drive 20K miles/year, commute 60 mi/day round trip and live in WI so deal w/ ice and snow. Can you give me any feedback on these models, what I should know, how to compare, etc? I will be selling or trading my 2006 Hyundai Sonata w/ 117K miles. here's what I am looking at: (in no ...
I am looking to upgrade from my 2004 Toyota Sienna. It has 100k miles now. I picked it up 2 years ago with 40k miles. I love my mini van and can not imagine owning any thing else. Small problem. The automatic doors stopped working over 6 months ago. The brackets are bad on the motor. I park on an incline by the way. With much research I am aware this is a ...
My car has an automatic habit of switching on its indicators for no reason at all, when I am driving it or to park it, even when driving it the indicator will show a left signal and other times a right turn signal with out my command, I have had the indicator solenoid replace by my mechanic, but to no avail still, my key ( fob) does work okay, and nothing ...

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