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While replacing the timing belt on my 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, the mechanic who had worked on my car for 7 years, somehow destroyed my engine. They installed a rebuilt engine and gave me a 12,000 mile warranty. Within 4 months they had to replace the head gaskets on this engine. Am I doomed? I absolutely love this Santa Fe and wanted to drive it till the ...
Recently your website was mentioned in an A/P article by DeeAnn Durbin. It said that in an effort to appeal to women, auto mfgrs. are offering cooking demos, male models and tours. Are they serious? I am female, in my mid 60,s and have some disposable income for a somewhat higher end new car. I want to shop for this car myself but am too intimidated. ...
My 2000 Dodge Stratus has been over heating on and off for the past couple of weeks. I want to know what could this be? Also, what do I need to look for when trying to find a good mechanic who want over charge me? I just had a mechanic try to rip me off.
When the outside winter temperatures fall to 32 and I have condensation and ice on my windows. My defroster and heater do not work on my 2006 Saturn Astra. Saturn looked at it and kept saying there is nothing wrong and other mechanics don't believe me. Driving is dangerous when you cant see out your windshield. Any ideas?
My '05 Chrysler 200 turbo convertible needs a new motor. Is it possible to put a standard (non turbo) motor in place of the turbo? The body and interior are in good shape, is it worth it to replace the motor? The mechanic said it would be $1800+- to rebuild it or $3000 to replace the motor with a new turbo motor. That sounds like a bit much for a new ...
I own a 1988 Honda Accord lx. I'd like to know the difference between an engine's "mechanical timing" and its "ignition timing". Also, how can I "ignition" time the engine with a timing light if the engine cranks but doesn't start?
Can you suggest a reliable mechanic for my 2003 Jaguar X-Type in the West Valley, Chatsworth, CA area?? I have been going to Firestone-NR Mall for oil changes and recently they seem to be coming up with a lot of repairs, not sure if I need the service or if it's an up sell?? One of their mechanic's told me, when I ended up taking the Jaguar to Lance & ...

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