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Panel of Automotive Women Speakers

Panel of Automotive Women Speakers, AskPatty.com, Inc.

Member since: Nov 2012
Women's Automotive Speakers Bureau

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Panel of Automotive Women Speakers lent her expertise to these automotive questions from our members:

Hi Patty, I was searching for some jewelry for my wife Kathy and saw a couple of Porsche jewelry pieces. One was a 911 and another was the numbers "911". Do you sell these or know who does? Thanks, Jim Read Answers

I drive a 2007 Mazda 3 GS 4-door sedan with 85,000km (appx. 52,800 miles) on it. When I went in for a routine oil change, my Mazda dealership told me I needed the front left lower control arm to be replaced, as well as the rear trailing arm bushings (among other things, totalling over $1600+tax). Mazda told me one of the rear bushings was "completely out", and the other one was "halfway out". I took it to another mechanic who first told me that the front bushings were "a bit worn" but not cracked or torn. As I was leaving and getting a quote for the #3 engine mount, he recommended that I have both front lower control arms replaced and that they should be done in the next month or so. He did however tell me that the dealership was wrong about the rear trailing arm bushings and they were just fine. I don't feel anything wrong with my car. There are no strange noises, she handles just fine, no issues going over bumps, steering is normal, no strange tire wear, and I have been taken advantage of by both the dealership and other mechanics in the past. If I truly needed the front lower control arms replaced, shouldn't I feel a difference in my car's performance? Also Mazda said just the 'left' front lower control arm needed replacing, while this second mechanic said both control arms need replacing. Needless to say, I am frustrated and confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! -Ren Read Answers

I just ordered a set of headlamps for my Hyundai Accent. Can I replace them myself, or should I see a mechanic? Read Answers

My car wont start and I was told by a mechanic that my car has weak electrical contact. He was looking at the distributor and the cables that go into the engine. How can I fix the poor electrical contact? Read Answers

What are the most important questions to ask a private car owner before buying their car? Read Answers

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