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My 1996 Honda's A/C is gone--I've replaced the compressor (twice), the expansion valve, schrader valves, and I don't know what all else (the compressor died the day before Thanksgiving while I was driving to my sister's near Yorktown, Va. from Falls Church, and the Alexandria Exxon Car Care place had to redo the work in March when it failed again--and it ...
Hi AskPatty, I just read your article in the NYT and was interested in this web site, since, as a female, sometimes I feel helpless going to mechanics (who are mostly men) for help doing things that I could have done myself if I knew how. Thank you!! Question: I have a 2003 Honda Pilot at ~58,000 miles. It uses a lot of gas. I was wondering if you ...
I need help! I read about AskPatty.com in the NY Times, and I thought, what a great idea! I think I may have been fleeced more times than a Merino ewe. I just have had many, many bad experiences with auto mechanics, and though I'm a journalist typically more than comfortable with confronting injustice, I'm shy about doing it without solid information ...
i have a 1994 Cadillac Seville and I had the right front strut replaced because my tires were rubbing and wearing bad and quick what do you think could be the problem any advice would be greatly appreciated I am tired of getting the run around from so many suppose to be mechanics thank you in advance
My 03 Honda Civic needs a new timing belt. (Mileage is now at 71k and I've always heard this should be done by 60k, oops). I'm having trouble getting estimates because mechanics want to know engine size and specs. The owner's manual doesn't seem to have this info in an obvious place. What details do I need to know about the engine to get an estimate? And ...
I own a 1997 Mercury Villager that has fuel injector problems. This I understand was a common problem with the Mercury Villager. To replace the injectors is very expensive. I have had to replace 3 of the 6. Each time the cost is about $600 because they must open the engine so the labor is $300 and the part is $300. Would you continue to replace these ...
My car is leaking transmission fluid-1999 Ford Escort. I put in Lucas, that seemed to help, but I might have to take out the engine and have the mechanics replace the seal. Do you think I should attempt that, or should I wait and see if Lucas works? Thank you. Sharon

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