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I have a 1991 Toyota Celica that wants to stall whenever the weather is wet. The only way I can keep it running is to keep my engine raced a little. What could be the cause of this? Thanks (in advance), Susan
My windshield wipers no longer go back to starting point and my interval setting is also not working. I have a 2000 Toyota Avalon.
I took my car into the dealership to get the "check engine" light figured out. I was told I would need to replace the catalytic converter. I was suggested to take it to another place where it would be cheaper to replace. I took it to Midas and was told the problem was not the catalytic converter but the oxygen sensors. Who should I trust?
What do you think of the Subaru Tribeca? I am looking for an AWD safe car with a GPS system. i have a 10 year old Subaru outback and could go that route again, but I am wondering what you suggest.
My 1996 Honda's A/C is gone--I've replaced the compressor (twice), the expansion valve, schrader valves, and I don't know what all else (the compressor died the day before Thanksgiving while I was driving to my sister's near Yorktown, Va. from Falls Church, and the Alexandria Exxon Car Care place had to redo the work in March when it failed again--and it ...
I'm 62, retiring,want to buy a new car($30,000 or less-cash). Plan to drive across country(Sea-Ohio). Appreciate suggestions. My concerns: safety,mileage,maintainence. Thanks.
One of the local dealerships basically destroyed my car. The guy said it was the heater core and they replaced it. They treated me with the utmost disdain. When I got the car back, it was OK for a while, but they had put the serpentine belt back on wrong and it cost me $600 because it took the transmission down with it. Or least that's what the second shop ...

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