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I have a catalytic converter that is failing (automatic) . My brother said he has gotten by without replacing his on his older Honda SUV (manual) and that I can go a long time without replacing it. My mechanic (woman friendly) says the back pressure (negative pressure?) will damage the engine. It already bucks if I am forced to accelerate quickly. Is there ...
The catalytic converter in my car (automatic) is failing. My brother says I don't need one for a while. His as been failing in his Honda SUV (older manual) . My mechanic (woman friendly) says the negative backpressure can damage the engine. My car is bucking if I have to accelerate quickly sometimes.

Hello. I am currently looking to replace the front license plate bracket on my car, but every bracket I am finding doesn't work with my car because the bumper is convex and therefore doesn't work with securely attacking the screws to the bracket and to the bumper. Please advise.

I had to replace my shift cable, followed the steps to a tee now it won't shift gears and I did adjust the cable. Someone said to check the gear box oil where is that located?

Is the fuel filter external or internal on a 2012 3.6 liter Chevy Impala? If it is internal, is there a access to service it without dropping the fuel tank to change it?

Patty, I have a question to ask you, to see your answer. I am going to buy a new 2018 Camaro 2ss this month. Can I order from the dealer wider and a little bigger tires for the back from the dealer when I order?

I would like advice on what tools I should buy starting out? I have a mechanic that I trust but I would like to be able to do some basic things myself. The first modification that I want to install myself is a strut tower brace. I purchased a torque wrench and am going to buy a 15mm socket required for the job but need help in knowing what tools I should ...


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