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How do I get the drain plug out after turning a hex nut into a ROUND nut?

04.01.1999

I have been changing my oil every miles religiously for close to years On a recent oil-change attempt on my Toyota Camry notice I said attempt I was unable to get the oil drain plug out of the oil pan...

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Is the temperature really spiking, or do you have a faulty gauge?

04.01.1999

Help I've got a Plymouth Acclaim When I start it up in the morning the temperature gauge goes all the way to hot for a couple of minutes then drops back down to halfway and stays there after that It...

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Shouldn't the manufacturer pay to replace a defective seatbelt?

03.01.1999

I have a Saturn SL with miles I recently needed the passenger lap belt replaced due to faulty stitching near the buckle The dealer charged me for this repair I was under the impression that seat belts were covered by...

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Was I ripped off for my exhaust system repair?

03.01.1999

I took my Toyota Tercel back to the dealer when I heard a loud noise The noise occurred when I pressed on the gas pedal and I presumed it was the muffler The car is fixed but the bill was...

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