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Car is an Olds Alero, 2001, with 78,000 miles. I took my car in for a free 24-point check. The mechanic called and said: 1. Battery needs to be replaced. (Battery in car is original.) 2. Coolant is only good to -20 degrees; needs partial draining and replacing. I said it was good to -34 in Nov.05; he said it deteriorates or maybe someone added water to ...
I have a 2002 Passat. Recently, after a heavy rain, there was substantial flooding in the floor on the driver's side. None of the electrical buttons worked, the hazard lights were frozen on, and no matter how much we mopped out the water, there would be another inch of it within an hour. Apparently, water came through the pollen filter seal into the car ...
I only use my BMW in the summer and am looking for a product that is easy to use (for someone who knows nothing about cars) that will prevent the battery from being drained in the winter.
Something keeps on draining my battery. I have a new battery, starter, and alternator with no accessories hooked up. What can be the problem?
I have a 1999 Mazda Protege LXIT currently has 140,000 miles. I had the transmission fluid (not the transmission filter) in the transmission changed at 110,000. As it is 140,000 now I think that it is time for another service. Also the gear shifts a little hard than before but overall it works just fine. The previous owner also informed me that the ...
My 2003 Yukon Denali rear air conditioning fan motor continues to run when my truck is turned off and the key is removed. It is so bad that it drains my battery all the way down overnight. I removed the fuse as it was the only way to stop it. How can this fan motor continue to run with the key out of the ignition? Thanks!
I have a '79' Mercedes (turbo/diesel). Something keeps draining juice from the battery & the battery is not the problem. Thought it was the interior light fuse...when taking the fuse out, it seemed okay at first. But this was temporary. The alternator has been replaced. I'm assuming it's electrical & don't know where to start. Any other ideas ...

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