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My 2006 Ford Escort heater is stuck on the floor setting and defrost. The knob for heater stripped and is lying on floor. I've pulled HVAC control out found the cable mechanism binding. I've removed the cable selector from side of hVAC box and cannot get the blend door to move. Any suggestions on how to repair this?
My 2008 Mazda3 s GT 4 door is in a neighborhood auto shop for Strut replacement. The mechanic called and said he needs to charge $60 extra to reprogram the computer. Why would suspension work requirement resetting the computer?
A follow-up to my interior cleaning question for my Jetta with black faux leather interior. The expert suggested peanut butter to remove white stains from sunblock that has gotten on the door panel, steering wheel and a few other places. I also have some water/detergent spots left on the inside door panel from a car wash (window was slightly open). Do ...
I have a 1997 Mercury Sable that I just bought used, and is in very good condition.. except the heat doesn't work. The symptoms: car always blows cold air, no matter what I have the temp setting on. The dial that controls heat/ac/vent/defrost is VERY loose and doesn't "click" into any specific place, only sometimes does it "click" into something, making it ...
I am having a problem my 2008 Pontiac 2000's engine. When I am driving the car tends to give me an error stating "Reduced engine power" and then a minute later "Traction control off", "Service Traction control system." When the errors pop up nothing actually happens right away. If I continue to drive it will take about fifteen minutes before the engine ...
I drive a 2002 ford explorer eddie bauer edition. The car is making a thumping noise in the rear top drivers side. Sounds like a motor or heat of ac not but not sure. It is on all the time. also the door ajar light will not go off and it takes a long time for the lights to go off when you first leave to drive and also when you turn car off and get out.
I have an 18 inch extension on my 2007 Toyota Tacoma. Is it possible to safely add another 8 inch extension to the existing extension. I will be towing a motorcycle trailer with a 650 lb motorcycle on it. I have a cabover camper on the truck and I need this additional length to be able to open the door on the camper fully. Thank you.

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