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I have a Ford focus 2002 and the wheel is locked and the car won't start.I am assuming based on my research that it is the ignition cylinder that is out and that it the problem. my question is how would I go about this repair because I don't have money to pay a mechanic and this repair is not part of my warranty says ford auto. I can't get the key to start ...
Ck engine light came on my '97 Toyota Celica and found out it's a code P770 and something about the clutch in the converter. Trans. oil black and told I should get a re-manufactured transmission. Told the gears are not changing as they should, which I personally don't hear any difference, but I'm not the mechanic. Two transmission specialist told me I ...
Car is an Olds Alero, 2001, with 78,000 miles. I took my car in for a free 24-point check. The mechanic called and said: 1. Battery needs to be replaced. (Battery in car is original.) 2. Coolant is only good to -20 degrees; needs partial draining and replacing. I said it was good to -34 in Nov.05; he said it deteriorates or maybe someone added water to ...
My check engine light has been on for quite a while, I went to the honda dealership and they said that I needed to replace my catalytic convertor as well as my timing belt, I went to a trusted mechanic and he replaced my timing belt and tole me that I should hold off on the catalytic convertor becuase it does not afffect drivability and since I have a low ...
My 1996 Honda's A/C is gone--I've replaced the compressor (twice), the expansion valve, schrader valves, and I don't know what all else (the compressor died the day before Thanksgiving while I was driving to my sister's near Yorktown, Va. from Falls Church, and the Alexandria Exxon Car Care place had to redo the work in March when it failed again--and it ...
Hi AskPatty, I just read your article in the NYT and was interested in this web site, since, as a female, sometimes I feel helpless going to mechanics (who are mostly men) for help doing things that I could have done myself if I knew how. Thank you!! Question: I have a 2003 Honda Pilot at ~58,000 miles. It uses a lot of gas. I was wondering if you ...
I have a 1995 Ford Explorer that I use for my winter car. The throttle is sticking. Is there anything I can do about that or do I have to take it to (sigh) a mechanic?

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