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Dear Patty: I own a Nissan Altima 2001, my brakes do not hold very well when I am reverse parking in a space, they appear to grip and let loose and bumping into the car behind me, my mechanic told me its the master cylinder that the cause, can you please tell me is the reason, I recently had changed the brake linings on all four wheels, since then this ...
I currently have a '99 Windstar SEL with 108K miles which I believe isn't worth continuing to repair. I have 2 LARGE dogs traveling with me so I need the space. I want to get a 2003 Sequoia with 57K but my husband is pushing for a 2004 Freestar SEL with 25K. I think the Sequoia is more reliable and safer but will cost me more for fuel. I must admit the ...
This morning I just noticed a crack in my windshield. It's at the very bottom (by windshield wipers) and does not interfere at all with vision. It runs about 2ft. horizontally. I'm shopping for a new car this spring, can I get by without fixing it or is it a safety issue? Thank you!!! This site is incredible, you ladies are wonderful!!! Amy
Dear Patty, I am currently driving a 2003 leased Honda that is due to be returned in May. I plan to lease another Honda at that time. I have been very good about getting all of the service in the "little booklet" done at the dealer and date-stamped. Here's my question: Since it's a lease have I been foolish to take such good care of the car? A friend ...
My 03 Honda Civic needs a new timing belt. (Mileage is now at 71k and I've always heard this should be done by 60k, oops). I'm having trouble getting estimates because mechanics want to know engine size and specs. The owner's manual doesn't seem to have this info in an obvious place. What details do I need to know about the engine to get an estimate? And ...
I have had my 1998 toyota 2 door Rav 4 soft top windows slashed and can not find any replacement or repair services. I live in LA. Can you please help?
where exactly is the pvc located on a '91 ford explorer and what does it look like? i found what i thought was it, but it has an opening for a hose. yet the auto store sold me one that has a place place for two hoses. ????

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