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I drive a 2002 ford explorer eddie bauer edition. The car is making a thumping noise in the rear top drivers side. Sounds like a motor or heat of ac not but not sure. It is on all the time. also the door ajar light will not go off and it takes a long time for the lights to go off when you first leave to drive and also when you turn car off and get out.
While replacing the timing belt on my 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, the mechanic who had worked on my car for 7 years, somehow destroyed my engine. They installed a rebuilt engine and gave me a 12,000 mile warranty. Within 4 months they had to replace the head gaskets on this engine. Am I doomed? I absolutely love this Santa Fe and wanted to drive it till the ...
Hi I have a 1989 Honda Accord LX-i. I have replaced my fuel filter, cap, rotor, spark plugs, spark plug wires and cleaned out my idle control valve and cleaned my throttle body. when I disconnect the fuse for the fuel pump I hear it disengage and engage when plugged back in.My car will start fine in the morning but sometimes at high revs it doesn't want to ...
Its been a pretty cold winter in Ohio this year, the coldest one in 20 years with temperatures at 20-30 below zero. I've been home for winter break from college and I hadn't been driving my car much because it needed some repairs done on the windshield wiper transmission otherwise I could not see in the snow. My heating was perfect when it worked and the ...
My husband's Subaru B9 Tribec has a horrible shake in the steering wheel a When he is at around 70mph or if he is at highway speed and there is a bend in the road. It happens almost all of the time. He has done the following to rectify the issue... 1. New Wheels 2. New Tires (balanced, aligned, everything) 3. New Tie Rods. Do you have any suggestions?
Recently your website was mentioned in an A/P article by DeeAnn Durbin. It said that in an effort to appeal to women, auto mfgrs. are offering cooking demos, male models and tours. Are they serious? I am female, in my mid 60,s and have some disposable income for a somewhat higher end new car. I want to shop for this car myself but am too intimidated. ...
My 2000 Dodge Stratus has been over heating on and off for the past couple of weeks. I want to know what could this be? Also, what do I need to look for when trying to find a good mechanic who want over charge me? I just had a mechanic try to rip me off.

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