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Tires? [Apr. 21st, 2010|05:02 pm]
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Are these charges normal when buying tires?

$77/per tire (total: $308)
$12.95/per tire for computer balancing (total: $51.80)
$3.95/per tire for valve stems (total: $15.80)
$2/per tire for disposal (total: $8.00)
$20.24 in taxes
$59.80 in nontaxable
Total cost: $403.84

Online, I can get the same tires for $282 including shipping, but of course not including installation.

I'm frustrated because the tire store is giving me the run around, offering me tires that I don't want after I spent the time to research these specific tires. I need the tire place for the installation, but I don't like the service I am getting.
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(no subject) [Jan. 23rd, 2010|05:24 pm]
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When do I need to think about changing my car's cambelt?

I drive a X reg (late 2000) Peugeot 206 with almost 50,000 on the clock. I'm hoping she'll last  me another few years, too.
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1995 Nissan Pathfinder [Jan. 12th, 2010|04:40 pm]
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Any idea what could make a horn stop working. 95% if the time when I tried to sound the horn nothing happens. I hesitate to take it anywhere since it has the driver side air bag I imagine getting to the horn would be pricey. But at the same time another driver tried to change lanes on top of me and I could not make the horn sound to make him stop. Luckily at the last second he swerved back into his lane.
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dashboard light out on 94 ford taurus [Jan. 4th, 2010|10:29 pm]
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we aren't sure why, but the dashboard lights are out in my 94 Ford Taurus.

We are trying to check the fuses but have no idea which one it is. Does anyone have the manual around or can give good advice on this?

Which fuse would go to the instrument panel?

crossposted to gearheads.
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(no subject) [Nov. 21st, 2009|05:32 pm]
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I have a 1998 Honda Accord. This has happened 3 or 4 times

When I try so start it, it doesn't start all the way and I have to rev the engine while I am trying and finally it starts all the way up. Before I rev the engine it just turns on the electricity and rolls backwards?

Any ideas what this could be?
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Fixing a seat [Nov. 2nd, 2009|08:07 pm]
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Hi. I recently bought a 1999 Toyota Camry LE. As I knew when I purchased the car, the driver's seat back does not go forward all the way. The previous owner was probably a larger person, and the weight probably broke it. The seat has the little switches that can adjust the seat automatically.
Anyway, I was wondering about how much it would cost to fix if I took it to an auto shop. Obviously, I'm not asking for an exact price, I just want to know if it's reasonable enough to take it in for an estimate (I won't even bother if it's a ridiculously expensive thing to fix).
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95 Nissan Pathfinder [Oct. 29th, 2009|03:54 pm]
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Ha bet you didn't think to see that subject line again. I thought you might get a kick out of this. My dad decided to give it one last try to fix my Pathy since I was so heart broken about sending it to the junk pile. So just to recap we have been trying to figure this issue out since.....I think the end of 2007 or the beginning of 2008. Well it turns out it was the catalytic converter!

I still baby the transmission giving it time to change when I go from park to drive. But it is doing much better. Our goal was to reach 500,000 miles and I think at 269+ currently that we will be lucky to make it to 300,000. But we'll see.
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(no subject) [Oct. 5th, 2009|03:10 pm]
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Please let me know if this type of post is not allowed, but this seems to be the most active car comm here on LJ. My apologies if you're seeing this twice.

Thoughts on your midsize/small truck?Collapse )

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car alarm question [Sep. 17th, 2009|04:01 pm]
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I just purchased a used car (1999 Toyota Camry LE) and it came with a remote key entry and alarm system. If I lock the car with the remote key entry thingy, I have to unlock it with the remote key thingy or the alarm will sound (i.e. if I lock it with the remote key but unlock it with the regular key, the alarm will sound). Is there any way to deactivate the alarm without the remote key thingy? I want to make copies of the regular key for other family members, but I want them to be able to deactivate the alarm without the remote key thingy if necessary. Thanks!
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Getting pretty frustrated... [Sep. 4th, 2009|05:27 pm]
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[Current Mood |frustrated]

I have a 2000 Saturn LS2. Lately it had been giving me a little trouble starting up and going...when I would first crank it, it would rev itself up to around 4000 RPMs while in park. I would put it in drive, and for the first 200-300 feet it would hesitate when it should have accelerated, and then it would generally start going normally.

Last Monday, I had someone change the oil, engine filters, as well as fix a few other small things (tail light out, patch a tire). Tuesday morning, I couldn't get my car to accelerate over 20-30 mph. When I try to accelerate, it kind of jumps and jerks instead of accelerating smoothly, and it never goes over 30 mph unless I'm going downhill, and going uphill it barely goes 20 mph.

Thinking it was either the transmission or the fuel line, I added transmission fuel and stop slip/leak, and added fuel line cleaner to the gasoline. No result.

I took it to the Saturn dealership on Wednesday, assuming them to be the best place to find out the problem. They came back telling me it was the catalytic converter, and both the rear and the front needed replacing. I ended up taking it to Midas (it was around $600 cheaper than the dealership) and got it back about half an hour ago.

No change. It may run more smoothly, and no longer splutters and dies when first cranked (though I'll know for sure when I try and start it up cold)but it still won't go over 30 mph and just kind of jerks along. When I let off the acceleration, there's a sharp jerk.

I really hope someone here can help me. I'm not sure what I'm going to do...my parents helped me out with the converters, but I can't afford anything else. Hell, if the price had been much over what we paid we were planning on just going for a new vehicle, mine is such an old hunk of junk. But now we're $1000 in and nothing's fixed.
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