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I have a 2004 Ford F-150. Recently, I had a back-up sensor system installed. It worked fine for a couple weeks, and then decided to sound every time I would back up even though there was absolutely nothing behind me. I took the truck back to the service center that initially installed it, and they reprogrammed something. Same thing - after a couple ...
The automatic gear shift on my 2003 Toyota Camry has started locking up and I cannot drive. The AAA guy gave me a temporary solution (he showed me a small area to the left of the gear shift that was hidden, opened it up and when I press it down, the gear shift moves. Why is the car doing this-can you tell me? Any idea what it should cost to repair?
My car has a delay to start when I park it for about three days?
My car does not start, it stopped working since last night 05/15/2008. I drove it all day long without a problem, until after 9:00 PM when I stopped at a nearby pharmacy for just a few and the car died. The battery seems to be fine and so does the alternator. Tried a jumper cable nothing happened. Just finished running a "CarMD" test and no problems were ...
I have a 2003 Windstar with approx 68,000 miles. The car had been having an issue that every once in awhile when I started it (approx every 2 weeks), it would run very rough, and also it would seem to jump into gear at stops. so a couple months ago I went to have the 60,000 mile service, which was a bit too pricey so the mechanic recommended I get it done ...
I left the gas cap off my 2003 Malibu, now it will not start. Would that cause the problem?
Hi Patty, Terry Cruz had recommended you for some quick auto advice(I work with her). This afternoon I was on my way home and hit the service station. Came out and started the car, the temp gauge was about mid level and I just sort of went.."hmm". It went right back down once driving...then the Low Coolant light came on. Got home and let the car cool ...

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