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We cannot slide the front seat of our Honda forward on the track because a coin fell on the track and is jammed there. How can we loosen the seat on the track and remove the offending coin?
We have moved to a new town. I've recently had my 1997, Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, 6 cylinder, 2 wheel drive, serviced by a Jeep dealer. I have 128,000+ miles on this car and have been the sole owner, have had great service prior to my move from an independent car mechanic. The (new) dealer/service dept. recommends repairs to a cracked exhaust manifold ...
This morning I just noticed a crack in my windshield. It's at the very bottom (by windshield wipers) and does not interfere at all with vision. It runs about 2ft. horizontally. I'm shopping for a new car this spring, can I get by without fixing it or is it a safety issue? Thank you!!! This site is incredible, you ladies are wonderful!!! Amy
I purchase a car every 10 years and this is the year. I am considering a Mercury Mariner hybrid -- it is time that I put my money where my environmental philosophy is. So I have 3 questions as this time: 1. I drive about 12,000 miles a year, including longer road trips of about 1000 miles. About 2/3 on the road and the other 4000 around town. I am ...
I own a 1997 Mercury Villager that has fuel injector problems. This I understand was a common problem with the Mercury Villager. To replace the injectors is very expensive. I have had to replace 3 of the 6. Each time the cost is about $600 because they must open the engine so the labor is $300 and the part is $300. Would you continue to replace these ...
I have a Ford F250 diesel and having a problem with the starter burning out. This is the second one in 1 month. I go to crack motor and the starter just stars spinning unter it burns out. I can even take the keys out and still spins until I disconnect battery. Any thoughts?
While driving on the highway I heard a cracking sound on my 350E Mercedes windshield and noticed an approximately 1.5" horizontal crack about 2" above my wiper. I did not observe anything hitting the windshiled. When I examined the crack later, I noticed that there was a point of a pencil size crack at the beginning of the glass. The crack then extended ...

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