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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 ...
How do I know if I require a front end alignment? My tires are very noisy. Would I also require them to be rotated before the alignment? Thanks for your assistance
I have a '90 Jeep Cherokee Laredo. I've had some financial problems the past few years so my car has been sitting in my garage for the better part of 5.5 yrs. Prior to that it ran GREAT. Has around 32k miles, most of which were on it when purchased around '98. At one point the steering column became very loose and I just quit driving it. Three yrs ago a ...
I would like to buy a Mini Cooper but the nearest dealer is 60 miles away. They said that they have to maintain it or else I will void the warranty - even for oil changes! Should I buy a used one close to home and not worry about having a dealer maintain it?
Dear Patty, I have a once in a lifetime opportunity and need direction. My ex-husband is buying me a new car(lucky me. ok, so I begged, pleaded, and said I would reveal some of his deepest darkest secrets to the world, but otherwisehe was ok with it. I would like a small S.U.V., V6, good/great gas mileage, low maintenance, heated leather ...
What does ASE certified mean? Also, for women without access to the internet, is there a phone number to ask questions? Or is it only through e-mail. Thank you!
Dear Patty: I own a Nissan Altima 2001, my brakes do not hold very well when I am reverse parking in a space, they appear to grip and let loose and bumping into the car behind me, my mechanic told me its the master cylinder that the cause, can you please tell me is the reason, I recently had changed the brake linings on all four wheels, since then this ...

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