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I recently bought a used car and am under warranty for the next 3 mos./3000 mi. The belt on the car squealed and broke and the car is now in the shop. I have been told that the AC compressor needs to be replaced to fix the problem. Does the system need to be flushed? Do the accumulator, orifice tube, filter dryer, belt AND fluid need to be replaced to ...
My engine light came on and stayed on. I just filled my car with gas and it jerks on acceleration like it has bad gas in it. I put gas treatment in but it started doing it again today. It runs great once it gets going. The gas mileage is poor, it took three tries to start car one day. I have had this car for 4years and never had spark plugs changed, could ...
Dear Patty, We just purchased a new CTS yesterday and are due to pick it up this evening. I am turning in an 2005 Cadillac and we can't find the title!! We live in NY, both cars were purchased in NY (different dealers though) Will they release the car to us without the title? Can I sign a power of attorney/release form that the title go directly to the ...
If there is water in the oil pan could it be just condensation or a serious problem and how can you tell if the car runs and sounds good? It a 1995 Grand Am.
My car has 26,000 miles on it, and my dealership (who I always take my car to for oil changes) is recommending their "major service" appointment, that covers all my filters (except hepa), fluid check, rotate and balance tires, adjust parking brake, inspect/replace spark plugs, coolant service, etc. They want about $400 for all this, plus another $90 for ...
Help! My 95 Toyota Corolla just required a new left drive axle for $220 last month but the engine still runs rough. The mechanic (who I trust) put industrial strength fuel cleaner (90%) in to smooth out the engine and it ran like a top for about a month or so. After a new tank of gas from Krogers, last Thursday at midnight while driving home in dry ...
My 95 Corolla has always needed a tune up shortly after being serviced. But now, my husband is driving it 40 miles back and forth to work, as the lowest mpg car, but it is hesitating and missing. There is no obvious cause, except if he stops at a light or has to climb a hill, it is barely able to make it up and over. He has changed the spark plugs, air ...

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