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Dec 16, 2012 3:02PM
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Ford Taurus= Mercury Sable When the dash lights don't come on and you see two green arrows a good solid slap with the palm of your hand on the dash hump just forward of the steering wheel works wonders. repeat when necessary.
Dec 16, 2012 2:00PM
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I always try to work on my cars as much as possible because I do not trust mechanics. I swear that you can purchase a brand new car off the lot, drive it 3000 miles, and then take it to a mechanic to get your first oil change and they will tell you that you need your engine rebuilt.
Dec 16, 2012 11:09AM
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Another re-run on MSN.........BEST advice a 20+ year everything mechanic can tell you people.

READ THE F_ING MANUAL. Perform ALL required services at the specified intervals and keep your modifications to a "reasonable" limit (24 inch wheels ARE NOT reasonable)

Replace parts as advised and do some bloody research on the vehicle BEFORE YOU BUY.


Dec 16, 2012 7:55AM
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Applying Rain-X on the windows of your car makes it much easier to see out and one doesn't have to run the wipers nearly as often (so you don't have to change them as frequently)
Dec 2, 2012 12:20AM
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GW1,

I agree completely. I am a Toyota tech. Formerly a GM tech. Changing your battery can cause you serious problems. Besides the possibility of radio lockout and that you will loose all presets/bluetooth/settings etc there is also window relearn and other pains in the **** if you go dead. Have you tried changing the bulb in a new chev/gmc truck. You have to pull the grill bumper assembly. We install high quality rubber wiper inserts on factory Toyota cars and charge .1 I've seen the after market p.o.s. air/cabin filters. there is a reason the factory orig is more expensive. IT IS A BETTER PRODUCT. Sorry some people just don't understand unless you shout at them. I've put CR(n)APA brake parts on and inevitably the customer is back 6 months later complaining about a pulse. To whomever wrote this article. This is not the the 70's. Even the base cars are now very sophisticated pieces of equipment. Please do not write any more articles about car repair.

To illustrate a point. Tow in arrives. No start. I diag it. Go to the customer and tell him it's his radio. I of course get the look that I am a complete idiot. He had an after market radio. the security bypass module had failed and the security system thought the car was being broken into because it could not talk with the radio so therefore someone is trying to steal the car so therefore I (the car) won't start. This is what 99.99% of the people who drive today don't understand when they say my car won't start, what do you think it is? It could be freakin anything and no I can't look under the hood and tell you what the problem is.

Nov 10, 2012 7:20PM
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Places like Wal-Mart as well as all auto parts stores install batteries for free.  They also install wiper blades for free.  Do the MSN auto writers actually know anything about cars?  I guess not.
Sep 22, 2012 10:27AM
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I don't trust my dealer anymore: 2year/25K service included when purchased car (oil, filter, tire rotation).

Guess what: tires were never rotated after 25K !

Call me schmuck, I suppose to check it at first service, but didn't. 


Sep 18, 2012 11:50AM
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Oh and sometimes aftermarket parts are better than OEM parts. I have had a lot a different vehicles in my day...

Sep 18, 2012 11:46AM
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Who buys American these days anyway? Battery in the wheel well? How are you supposed to jump that anyway lol? We  have 4 cars and our lincoln ls is by far the worst and most problematic of all of them. But..american cars will make you a great mechanic! Team Lexus!

Sep 18, 2012 11:46AM
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Who buys American these days anyway? Battery in the wheel well? How are you supposed to jump that anyway lol? We  have 4 cars and our lincoln ls is by far the worst and most problematic of all of them. But..american cars will make you a great mechanic! Team Lexus!

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