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The starter, solenoid, and battery cables have all been replaced, so why the smoke coming from the ground wire?

08.01.1997

I have a Mercury Marquis sold to me by a family friend that has been a money pit and the bane of my existence for two years now The car was getting more and more difficult to start One day...

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How can you tell when a transmission is starting to weaken?

08.01.1997

I own a Ford Probe with an automatic transmission and miles I have heard and read that the transmission on this car is problematic I purchased the car with miles and aside from leaking in the rain and squeaking and...

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Is a $1,600 extended warranty on my Lexus worth it?

08.01.1997

I have a Lexus ES the cheap Lexus How I managed such a car is beside the point but I will own up to being good at saving money and being middle-aged In a year my warranty will expire and...

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Your wife DOES sound like a terrible driver, but your marriage comes first.

08.01.1997

I have no car problem My wife Elaine is the problem She has many driving quirks I'll name the three I consider most annoying The speed limit on our road is mph She goes the moment she gets to the...

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