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I have a 1991 Toyota Celica that wants to stall whenever the weather is wet. The only way I can keep it running is to keep my engine raced a little. What could be the cause of this? Thanks (in advance), Susan
Hi, I have a 73 Olds Omega and have recently done a complete tune-up myself. However, the carburetor is still smoking when I drive it even though it is running and sounds smooth. Also it is starting hard in cold weather only. What could be the problem?
help me find a car! I have a Honda passport (owe $6000) trade in offered $4500.. my son's saab (130k) no offers on it ..to SELL; would like a car that gets at least 34 mpg (i drive alot) but reasonable good in bad weather (I am a midwife) but i am also old enough that i want something a bit fun (could be my last good car) ... $20k is probably tops.. i ...
1. Am considering purchasing a Mercury Mariner hybrid. I ski in the Sierra Nevada Mountains a lot in the winter. How do the hybrids hold up in very cold weather and snow conditions? 2. If the car is an AWD or 4WD, do I put chains on the front or the back wheels? 3. Does the extended cold weather have a negative affect the battery pack? Thank ...
I was going to purchase a Dodge Charger SXT, however, because it is rear-wheel drive and I just found out that they don't have snow tires to fit car around here, I decided not to buy. I live in upstate ny and we have bad winter weather. How good is rear wheel drive (I have front wheel drive now)
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 ...
My car makes a "grinding" noise when I start it, and when I accelerate. It's been doing this for 2 wks, before the subzero weather started. Do you have any idea what it could be?

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