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The car idles fine. When driving at at a slow acceleration no problem. but at faster acceleration car will miss,hesitate. Driving steady speed no problem. If put in neutral and step on gas engine will miss or hesitate. I have tested Coils and ignition control module checks out ok. Was wondering if the catalytic converter might be the problem. Thank ...
Is it important to the life of your fuel pump to keep your fuel tank level at or above 1/4 full? My friend says modern cars have an in-tank fuel pump and gasoline acts as a coolant. Low levels in the tank reduces the cooling effect and the pump wears out quicker. This sounds ridiculous to me, is he correct?
do you need brake fluid flushed and how much should it cost? Also, fuel induction system cleaning. Is that necessary and at what cost? Replacing plugs-Iridium 41101 and wire set #700950,fuel filter #23311 and labor should cost? Replacement of rear brake pad set Hardware kit ED698 and rear disc rotor BD122596 .This is a list of repairs and maintenance work ...
I cannot find the 4-digit date of manufacture code on the side of my Cooper CS4 Touring tire. I know they were introduced only a year ago, BUT should they still be required to imprint the manufacture date code on the tire? Thanks!
Hi Patty, several weeks ago, I returned from a business trip and my car was parked at the airport for about 10 days. A day or so after driving my van, the engine light came on. After a few cycles the light went off so I figured the problem fixed itself. Now, about 1 month later, the engine light came back on. What do you think could be causing the light ...
My van has been starting to make a whining noise. When I take my foot off the accelerator and let it roll the rest of the way to the corner even before I touch the brakes & hear this wind down noise. I thought it was my tires so I had them rotated. But it is still doing it. It kind of sounds like RRRRrrrrr. What do you think it is? I would just like an idea ...
Hello Ladies, How is the repair schedule costs for a 2008 VW Lux or Komfort Eos? Reliability? I am going to lease this car. What info should I have at my fingertips to negotiate the best lease. I was told to contact ONLY the Fleet Managers. I will be at the dealerships at the END of the month and they want to CLEAR OUT the 2008 models. So this is to ...

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