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Hello. A year and a half ago my car's RPM meter would spike when I wasn't accelerating and eventually my car just wouldn't start. I took it in and found out that the thermostat and ect sensor were faulty. I had them repaired, and the coolant flushed, but now, a year and a half later, my car has the exact same problem. How long do these parts generally last? ...
I have been smelling gas after driving my car and turning the engine off. Burnt gas. I went to a mechanic and he said something about a valve or transmission or something like a gasket leaking. He fixed it but I still smell it. I don't want to take it back to him b/c he showed poor workmanship. Can you tell what is going on from what I telling you.
I have a 1995 Chevy Silverado 1500 2WD V8 with a Electronic 4L60E Transmission. Why is it not shifting into Drive or 1st gears and the tachs do not work?? I have changed 1 of the transmission sensors and the Brain. Please help!
My hubby and I own a 2000 Nissan Maxima with 120,000 miles on it that we bought new. It has received all the recommended maintenance. The owners manual recommended using premium gas but due to high gas prices (and my husbands dislike of unnecessarily parting with any dollar) we have occasionally run the car on mid range (89-91 Octane). Now when we run ...
I was told this person was a licensed buyer for the seminol auction in davie fla. the guy said I had to give him a check up front and I did and picked out 4 cars to bid on. I told him not to bid on the Nissan. he also said I would pay only what he paid for the car at the auction plus 300 dollars commission plus auction fees of 369. He said he would call at ...
I own a 1996 Cadillac DeVille and wonder how can you tell how much antifreeze is in the tank. My previous cars you can see through the plastic container to see how much antifreeze you have. Thank you.
My back rims are dented, the right more so than the left. How does this affect tires or car handling

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