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The service engine light of my 2002 Ford Escape has been on for a few weeks. I have not noticed any drivability issues with the car. I took it in to an AutoZone retailer for their free diagnostic test and was advised to replace the EGR valve. I called my dealer and got an outrageous quote to fix this valve and that they do not accept outside tests. The ...
Hi. Been running a small landscaping business for the last 26 years and am about to turn 65. I have a '95 Honda station wagon and an '87 Nissan pickup. I'm looking for something "greener" and safer but that I could still use for work. Any suggestions? Thanks. D
I'm planning to buy a used vehicle, probably truck or suv, capable of pulling a small boat4000 lbs.once or twice a month. Also would like good gas mileage and possibility of taking passengers on short trips. I was thinking of a Toyota Tacoma or suvs. Have seen a toyota Tacoma, 125K for $8000. Would it be better to go for less mileage more money? Can 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 yellow slimy stuff under my oil cap and around the inside of the oil refill rim. can you tell me what this is and what to do to get rid of it?
We have 2002 Chrysler Sebring. The heater and defroster blows only cold air, until it reaches a certain speed on the highway. My daughter replaced the radiator cap and it all worked again for a short time but now is back to doing the same thing. I know it is losing water and antifreeze as I have to replace it almost every trip to town I make. If I keep ...
i have '97 bmw 740i, and got a check engine light come on. code says p1174, & p1175. my research says it's"Fuel Trim Adaptation Additive Bank 1 Malfunction". Un-metered air leaks may occur in the following areas causing the above situation: Intake manifold gaskets may be leaking. Plug cap(s) and the vacuum hose for the fuel pressure regulator on the ...

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