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I have a rattle under the hood that sounds like it is coming from the pulleys of the drive belt. It's only noticeable when the car is sitting idle or stopped. When driving it goes away. The rattle noise sounds like the noise you hear when a diesel engine is running but a little louder. Please help!
Is it important to the life of your fuel pump to keep your fuel tank level at or above 1/4 full? My friend says modern cars have an in-tank fuel pump and gasoline acts as a coolant. Low levels in the tank reduces the cooling effect and the pump wears out quicker. This sounds ridiculous to me, is he correct?
I just bought my car from a private owner and want to go get the car checked out, I just do not know what to check or ask for, plus I am limited on money being a single mother. The car sounds like it runs fine but at times it feels like it is skipping gears and the brakes shake the car slightly when I press down on them.
My van has been starting to make a whining noise. When I take my foot off the accelerator and let it roll the rest of the way to the corner even before I touch the brakes & hear this wind down noise. I thought it was my tires so I had them rotated. But it is still doing it. It kind of sounds like RRRRrrrrr. What do you think it is? I would just like an idea ...
Good morning Patty, my engine sounds a little loud and also when its time to change sparks plugs there is oil all over them? any suggestions?
My car is a 2004 model with about 60k miles. when I accelerate or make turns, I can hear what sounds like rushing/trickling water coming from the passenger side of behind the dashboard. It's been doing it for a few months, but has been getting a little louder lately. What could be causing the noise and how can it be fixed?
Hi, I do not have an owners manual for my 2003 Lincoln LSV8. Can you tell me where the battery is located in the vehicle? Sounds silly, but I cannot find it! Thank you! Also, is there a website where I can find frequently repaired reports for my vehicle so I will know what types of things frequently go wrong with Lincoln LSV8?

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