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I have had two identical car accidents which involved my stepping on the accelerator instead of the brake as I was slowly easing into a parking spot. In both cases, the cars were totaled, even though I was going at a very slow speed. I am not elderly or impaired in any way, nor was I distracted during both incidents. I am otherwise a decent driver who ...
Hello I have a 1996 Honda Accord EX, with 167,000 miles. My problem is that in first and second gears, the car chokes as in the gears does not go through their full cycle. from third to fifth gear it is fine. Help Terrie
My car (a 2006 Kia)will soon have 30,000 miles on it. The dealers cost for check up far exceeds what I can afford. Exactly what is covered in the 30,000 mile check-up? can I trust auto repair shops to do proper maintenance?
In 2009 I was financed for a 2009 Honda Civic coupe. In April of 2010 I was in a car accident that resulted in the total loss of my car. My insurance company has stated that I never had comp or collision insurance on the car. I was never notified by the dealership or my finance company that my insurance was not sufficient. Legally can you leave a dealership ...
I am getting 4 new tires installed and my car and the majority of parts guys I have spoken with have told me that I only need them balanced and mounted and that an alignment was not necessary. I have always had new tires aligned and was told how bad it was not to have them aligned. My current tires have worn evenly and I have never had issues with them, so ...
1999 Dodge Caravan: the check strap on the front doors squeaks from inside the door as it is opened/closed. I have tried to squirt lube up into the door, but no luck. How do I lube that door check? Thanks!! Norm
I used a gel air freshener in my car and plastic is damaged; gel DID not drip on plastic but air freshener flowing in the air caused this. Has anyone else had this problem?

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