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My Jeep Patriot squeaks like an old mattress when I drive over a bump. I've recently put new shocks/break pads to the back & had trunk hinges replaced but the noise has yet to cease!!! What could it possibly be? I've read on jeeppatriotforum.com that other people had the same issue & said it was there emergency break cable.. Idk what to do
Where can I find free information on how to replace the power steering pump, manuals etc.
My GMC Acadia vibrates while accelerating, and while coasting there is no vibration. What could be wrong?
What would cause the computer to go bad? My husband was driving the vehicle and it started running rough while stopped at a red light. A loud noise was followed by the vehicle shutting off. He was not able to restart it. We had it towed to a local shop who said something shorted out and damaged the computer, requiring replacement. I have never heard this ...
I recently did not pass the emissions portion of my smog check (CA). Specifically the "HC (PPM)"section failed at 15mph. It measured 101 with a max allowed being 61. To remedy this, I had my mechanic replace the oxygen sensor (which was a previous problem months before) as well as a major tune-up and fuel injector cleaning. I went back to retake the smog ...
I mistakenly took out the distributor of my Ford Taurus and didn't take heed to the TDC or even mark my distributor location. I put the distributor back in and started the car (which obviously didn't start) and perhaps good fortunate when I attempted at taking it out and put it back in at a different rotation and the car started just fine. However, now ...
My 1999 Honda Accord EX - The temperature hand will move up then fall down as I'm riding. This happens when I orgininally start it in the morning and will do it until it's been about 7 miles down the road. I'm not sure if something is wrong. It's never done this before.

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