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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 ...
Ok, I've probably already messed up since I've already purchased the car, but here goes. I had an '03 Volkswagen Passat with 32,000 miles and some change on it. I really liked it, but I'd had some little problems here and there. My main problem was keeping the darned thing gassed up! It was a turbo, so buying premium was a drag! Anyway, back in July I ...
My husband and I are currently looking for a new (used) minivan. We now own a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan which has been nothing but trouble from the time it was just over a year old (including a bearing disintigrating in the engine when I was driving on the freeway with my 3 kids). We just want something safe that is easy to maintain with good gas mileage. I ...
I need help! I read about AskPatty.com in the NY Times, and I thought, what a great idea! I think I may have been fleeced more times than a Merino ewe. I just have had many, many bad experiences with auto mechanics, and though I'm a journalist typically more than comfortable with confronting injustice, I'm shy about doing it without solid information ...
i have '97 bmw 740i, and got a check engine light come on. code says p1174, & p1175. my research says it's"Fuel Trim Adaptation Additive Bank 1 Malfunction". Un-metered air leaks may occur in the following areas causing the above situation: Intake manifold gaskets may be leaking. Plug cap(s) and the vacuum hose for the fuel pressure regulator on the ...
I own a 1998 Toyota RAV4 (bought new)which I've been very happy with and have begun researching a new vehicle. I plan to purchase in the next year or so. My top criteria are good fuel economy, AWD for snow/icey weather, contained space for two 60# dogs, reliability, price around 25,000 with some flexibility. I am looking at Toyotas or a Subarus so far, but ...

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