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I just bought a Jeep Patriot about 4 months ago. The brakes started squeaking when I back up last month. Now they squeak when applied going forward. I took the car into the dealer and was told "some vehicles brakes just squeak." Does not sound right to me. Is it?
To whom it may concern, Dear Madam/Sir, An airbag is designed to protect and provide safety. On left front impact in an accident in a Volvo s40 station wagon my left wrist was broken by the imploding airbag. The fracture is so severe that a year later I need to return for surgery to try to improve mobility and lessen the continuous pain. I am ...
I took my car in for a tire rotation on July 18 and they broke a wheel lock in half. They said their mechanic was not in that day. When I returned they said that it would have to be drilled out and I would have to pay 2-3 hours of labor at $80 an hour. Nine days prior to my wheel lock being broken, another tire place checked that tire for a slow leak and ...
Hi Automotive Goddesses, I have a quick question. I left my van parked for a week. The battery is three years old. When I tried to start it there was no "rer rer rer" sound indicating that the van was trying start. Only a "clik clik clik" sound when I would turn the key. I figured - dead battery. I tried to jump it from a large pickup truck. I have ...
Hey Patty, I have a 95 pontiac bonneville, and just a few days ago, the fabric overhead just all of a sudden unglued itself from the roof. Is there a way I can glue it back together?
Hi Patty, First of all, love this site! Thank you! Do we REALLY need to get the car maintenance packages that are recommended at certain mileages? And if so, I am always concerned they (the dealerships) are just checking things that really do not need to be checked, which of course increases the cost of the package. Should I just get over ...
What is that cloth called that on the ceiling of my car? And can I replace it myself? If not, any idea how much that would cost? Thanks.

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