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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 ...
My AC is blowing out this black, porous material. When I increase my ac it starts making very loud noises. What do you think might be wrong. Thank you.
What would cause overheating in bumper to bumper traffic or frequent starts and idling due to heavy inner city traffic. The thermostat, surge tank, radiator, and water pump have all been changed.(it is a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu)
Our 2001 Chev. Blazer heater starts on hot enough but after a min. or two really cools down depending on the out side temp. at middle fan speed. The thermastat was changed.
95 grand am. last couple of weeks i seem to have a problem starting the car. I have to bump down the gas pedal three or four times maybe more before it starts. can you help.
99 Buick LeSabre V6 61000 miles* Driving, motor stops, roll to side of road, try to start motor, it starts... Check engine light does not come on because all lights go out..Mechanic says, computer is blank.. Second problem, returning from a drive (shopping), park in driveway, shut off engine, after a few minutes start motor, will not start, check engine ...
My 85 year old Father In Law still drives. He owns a 99 chevy Malibu. The factory alarm will sometimes go into a no start mode. Turn the key \"Nothing \" Happens, Wait 10 minutes it starts He\*s been back to the dealer , Who tells him this can\*t be fixed, it\*s a Flaw in the computor. Who can I talk to, I\*m concerned for his safty

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