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I've had the battery in my Suzuki XL-7 changed because of dead cells indicated by Wal Mart, and air in tires. Two days later, Check Engine Light came on. No indication of problems on dashboard other than CEL. How do I get the light off?
I am looking to purchase this car for my son from a dealership. The Carfax report shows an accident in May of 2012, but it gives no details of the extend of the damage or repair records following the accident. Everything else looks good. (see below) Is there a way to find out what damage was done? The dealer has no information other than the carfax report. ...
My Forester has 129k miles on it. It is not steering correctly at slow speeds on tight turns -- meaning pulling in and out of parking spaces. The steering kind of balks, gets stuck for a fraction of a second before the wheels will continue turning. Often there's a loud screeching with this. No problems at driving speed, fortunately. Clearly something needs ...
Hello! I was excited to find your service listed on Angie's list. As a single mom, living on a teacher's salary, I'm always concerned about finding honest car repeat services. I have used (My mechanic, name removed) for years, and they usually seemed very fair until I needed to have my catalytic converter replaced. They quoted me $2000 while I was able to ...
This 2013 Dodge Dart Areo has the engine light on. A body shop just checked and two codes came back. He said that the car needs to be seen by the dealership. I have never really dealt with car dealerships before. And oddly enough, I am finding myself to be a bit worried that I am going to be timid and/or get off "on the wrong foot" with the dealership. I ...
My name is Sondra n I just bought my Cadillac. It ran hot so I replaced the thermostat after realizing it needed it. Engine fans not working and hose coming from radiator is building up air pressure instead of water pressure. Also still runs hot. Also the reservoir is building up air pressure. What could fix this problem. Heater also does not blow hot air ...
I am looking for a reputable auto repair & maintenance shop that doesn't charge as much as the local Mini dealer for repairs. I love my Mini and want to take good care of it ... but the dealer prices are ridiculous! Any suggestions for the Winston-Salem NC area would be greatly appreciated.

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