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CHECK ENGINE LIGHT.. I have recently replaced my alternator, a new battery, and a rebuilt dashboard cluster. I had a diagnostic which read my engine to be operating well. The mechanic was not the best, as He mixed up the fuses under the dashboard. I get the annoying check engine light now, and It never came on before the repairs. The lights ...
Hi Patty- I had accidentally driven about 2 miles (slow speed) with the parking brake on. Then I noticed the Check Engine light came on. I checked the manual, gas cap is not loose, fuel is not low, it says to drive about 40 trips (now about 5 trips) and it is still on. 1. Would my mistake with the parking brake cause that to go on? 2. "trip" is about ...
Hi There, I found your web site while looking for a network of female kit car builders. I live in the UK and am about to embark on building 1940 style racing car in kit form. The running gear will be stripped from a 1984 jaguar xj6 4.2 manual. My partner and I have done some simple car maintenance previously but never reconditioned an engine before.I ...
My 99 Corolla has developed a noise in right front over uneven road surface.I suspect the right strut.Can they become noisy as they wear out?Everything else appears fine in steering linkage.Sounds like a metal on metal noise.Thanks Mark
Used 2000 VW Beetle for sale at local pizza place for $6200. Heard VW
I am a single mom. Jan 2003, I took equity out of my home to buy a new 2002 Mazda MPV (minivan). At 41,000 miles, I began having missing problems. The rear 4th coil was replaced, which took care of the major miss but left me with smaller ones. I now have 66,000 miles and have had it to three different mechanics in the past two years but the miss is not ...
I am a delivery driver and the last few years have had trouble skidding in bad weather. What type of tires would you recommend? Should I get snow tires for the winter? If so, all 4 or just front or just back? Is it ok to use those tires year round or would I have to change them in warmer weather?

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