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hello, What is the labor rate for auto mechanics in the state of NJ. I had a fuel pump replaced on my car and I feel like I was ripped off. It cost me $963. $600 GM parts $300 labor.
Is there a book or resource available that will aid in starting a car inspection shop? I don't have a background in the automotive industry (I graduated with a degree focused more on psychology and philosophy) but I am a quick study and highly motivated. I'm only interested in inspection, tires, brakes and oil changes - no major repair work. I plan on ...
I need a new timing belt. Which independent Acura repair places would you recommend?
When the ABS light comes on do I have to replace it? when I turn off the car and turn it back on it may stay off four days at a time.
A few weeks ago I had my brakes repaired and my exhaust replaced. Ever since my car has been back from the shop, The rear driver side tire area has been making a clicking/clacking sound related to how fast I'm driving (driving slower, clicks are further apart, etc...). It stops when I push the brake pedal, and it usually disappears once I am going over 40 ...
I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla. I had the oil pan and gaskets replaced last year 11/07 to be exact.. Just recently I was told by the same mechanic I had a terrible oil leak (that didn't show on the ground because it was being absorbed by the gaskets / rings) and I needed to get the oil pan and gaskets replaced. I did and 340.00 later I come across a receipt ...
I was told that on my 08 Ford Focus that each tire has a bald spot. The tire man thinks sudden stops at high speed caused it, I rarely drive over 40mph in small town and I do not recall any sudden stops, any other possibility?

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