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For the last couple of weeks, every time I stop at a stop light or stop sign, my Chevy Trailblazer idles very rough. It feels like it's going to stall (does the little shudder thing that cars do right before they stall), but it hasn't ever stalled, yet. I was hoping it was bad gas, so I let the gas run down and filled it up with premium and put in some ...
My Chevrolet Cobalt started sputtering and cut off tonight in a fast food parking lot. it tries to start but it acts like it is out of fuel. I just put half a tank of gas in it. when i turn on the key it makes a loud noise for a minute then stops. Was their a recall on the fuel pumps for my 2007 Chevy Cobalt LS and if so how do i go about getting it fixed? ...
MY 2001 Honda civic LX with 135,000 miles has developed a very pronounced low pitched hum in the left [drivers] front side. It begins at 35-40 mph and increases with road speed. It is not related to engine speed. When I've shifted the automatic transmission from drive into neutral and coasted- the sound stays constant. Turning the wheel left or right does ...
My 2008 Mazda3 s GT 4 door is in a neighborhood auto shop for Strut replacement. The mechanic called and said he needs to charge $60 extra to reprogram the computer. Why would suspension work requirement resetting the computer?
What is the problem with my transmission? I drive an automatic 2005 Honda Pilot. When I press on the gas, it sometimes feels like it wants to stall when the car reaches 35-40 mph as if it is having trouble shifting from one gear to the next.
When I accelerate in my Ford Windstar the speedometer fluctuates wildly. What is going on?
A follow-up to my interior cleaning question for my Jetta with black faux leather interior. The expert suggested peanut butter to remove white stains from sunblock that has gotten on the door panel, steering wheel and a few other places. I also have some water/detergent spots left on the inside door panel from a car wash (window was slightly open). Do ...

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