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Should Mike Ignore a Cam Sensor Error?

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Mike's cam sensor error isn't a good candidate for the black-tape 'fix', but there's good news.

check engine light Chevrolet Malibu 2008

Apr 01, 1996

I have a Buick Somerset Everytime the coolant gauge reaches...

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I have a Buick Somerset Everytime the coolant gauge reaches the mid point between cold and hot the oil light comes on If I then stop and turn off the car it won't restart Meanwhile the temperature gauge continues to...

Apr 01, 1996

What is an "oil slinger"...and is it important? 'Cuz I forgot it.

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I have a ' Ford motor home with a engine I have replaced the timing chain and gears with new steel gears and a new chain After I had put it back together I realized that I had left out...

timing chains

Apr 01, 1996

Rocker panels falling off Camrys due to design flaw. Is Toyota responsible?

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The rocker panel covers fell off my ' Camry and cost to replace Each black strip which runs between the wheel wells is a thin membrane of rubber around a piece of ungalvanized steel When the supporting strip rusts to...

body damage warranties liability Toyota Camry

Apr 01, 1996

Is it possible to just chain up one wheel for snow driving?

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It's this neighbor of mine see The guy always makes wild statements after we put a can of beer in his hands This time he was after the snow chain manufacturers claiming they make a bundle unnecessarily because a regular...

winter differentials 4WD

Apr 01, 1996

How do I get a tape out of my dad's tape deck?

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My name is James and I'm nine years old My father has a Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas He got a tape stuck in the tape player and he can't get it out It is a Philips tape player I am...

sound systems

Apr 01, 1996

I made a huge mistake My car was running rough...

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I made a huge mistake My car was running rough so I used a coupon to get a tuneup for my ' Toyota I walked out poorer with a diagnostic tuneup an induction service and a car that was still...

Apr 01, 1996

Are there any resources out there for data on customers' car ratings?

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Annually Consumer Reports JD Power and others poll owners of new cars to check on customer satisfaction for the first year of ownership Then they rate the cars accordingly But what about the second and following years It seems to...

shameless commerce buying

Apr 01, 1996

What could be causing gasoline to get into my oil?

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I have gas in the oil of my Olds Cutlass Is it possible that a bad distributor is causing this -- Greg RAY Is it possible that space aliens were responsible for the Iran-Contra affair Sure But it's not very...

carburetors

Apr 01, 1996

Is it ever OK to run the AC along with the heat?

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I just bought a four-cylinder Plymouth Acclaim The salesman told me to put the temperature controls on air-conditioning in the winter when I want heat instead of on the heat setting He says that I'll get just as much heat...

air conditioning heating