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What would a used vehicle with 70,000 mile possibly need? I was told to ask if the timing belt had been changed before buying the car because this is very costly? Should I repair the car's cylinder head? cost $2000. The car has 250,000 miles and my daughter 20 year old loves driving this car. I have spent 2500 for a new tires,thermostat,fan clutch,wheel ...
Since I changed one of my brake lines on my 89 pontiac bonneville my front brakes keep locking up and have caught on fire twice.
hi, About 3 years ago,I purchased a 1994 Mercedes e320. I haven't had any major problems till recently. I think the muffler is going. The car sounds louder now & the brakes seem to need to be replaced as well. Can you recommend a trustworthy mechanic who will not rip me off?? I live in kew gardens ,ny. someone mentioned I should buy the parts online & ...
After hearing a grinding noise in the left front wheel whenever starting up a hill from a standing stop, we have finally taken the car to our mechanic. He says the CVJ (Constant Velocity Joint) may be broken, as he can spin one wheel much farther than the other while the car is on the hoist. How common are these types of brakes, and would the car stop dead ...
Thank You for your time! My sister has an older BMW convertible 90's or 80's. When she has her dog in the car she places the handle of the leash through the parking brake handle located in b/w the 2 front seats. I think this is very dangerous. The dog is a 2 yr old pit, weighing 45-50lbs. She usually drives w/the top down and if the brake get's pulled up ...
I have a 1998 Buick century. I got it 2nd hand with very low mileage. Ever since I have had it; the brakes grab and many times squeal when it rains whether or not I drive in puddles, even backing out of my drive causes this. I had brand new brakes done late last year and they turned the rotors but; I still get the same effects and it almost seems worse when ...
What is wrong when my transmission locks up in park sometimes, but it will release after pumping the brakes several times.

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