Is this gas tank puncture patch a temporary or permanent fix?

09.01.2005

My friends and I drove my Honda Civic to a hike in the Sierra Mountains last weekend. Unfortunately, the dirt road turned out to be quite a rocky road, and at the trailhead, I smelled gas, checked, and found that...

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I'm thinking of buying a used Rolls Royce. Will I be able to maintain it?

09.01.2005

I'm an old codger (81) with a few bucks to spend on myself, and I've been looking at used Rolls-Royces on the Internet, via my daughter, Lorna. (I still use my Sears electric typewriter!) I have some questions about this venture...

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I banged up my mom's brand new Jeep. Can I repair the damage without replacing an entire panel?

09.01.2005

I'm 17 and have been listening to your radio show with my dad for as long as I can remember. I got in my first car accident four days ago ... with our garage. I was coming home late at night and...

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Making brake noises might hurt your marriage, but not your car.

09.01.2005

My husband has a habit that drives me crazy. When we're stopped at a traffic light or a stop sign, he eases...

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Do I REALLY need to replace that busted exhaust heat shield?

09.01.2005

One of the exhaust heat shields fell off my Honda Civic Hatchback (2001) a while ago. The dealer told me not to bother putting it back on or replacing it, because I don't need it anyway. (1) Why does Honda (or any...

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How can a mechanic bill for 8 hours of labor when my car's only been in the shop for 3 hours?

09.01.2005

I took my car to a mechanic friend of mine. I talked to him at 11 a.m., and he said that he already had eight hours' labor in the job. I said: "What? You started at 3 a.m.?" Then he...

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Does this truck have a case of "driveline-lash" or could it be something else?

09.01.2005

My son owns a 2003 Silverado 1500 4-wheel-drive Regular Cab Chevy truck. We hear and feel a loud clunk from the rear of the vehicle when starting from a stop. If you concentrate and go very slowly, nothing will happen, but if...

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Did driving 100+ miles with loose lug nuts damage any other parts of my car?

09.01.2005

Recently, I had my tires rotated. After driving about 100 miles, I started noticing a bumpy noise. It felt like a flat tire, but I kept checking and the tires looked fine. After another 40 miles, it was getting a lot worse...

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Is this mechanic right to bill for towing and storing my dad's truck while waiting for a part?

09.01.2005

Last winter, my dad got an itemized bill from a garage repair shop that included charges for storage and for moving his vehicle when it snowed. The truck was outside, in the garage's parking lot, because they were waiting for...

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