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Q: I recently had my oil changed and I have noticed that the oil lamp light on occasion flickers?

Hi there. The oil light tends to illuminate when service is due, or there are sensor issues that detect either low oil pressure or low oil amounts. It is not uncommon for some oil change centers to not properly fill...

Q: Hi Chris!! How often does my car need power steering, brake, coolant

The timing belt should be replaced at 105,000 miles. The engine coolant and the brake fluid should be exchanged every 45,000 miles. The manual transmission fluid should be changed every 90,000 miles. With regard to power steering fluid, like most...

Q: Is it normal to hear the gears as you shift?

Hi There, This is somewhat normal to an extent to hear a slight whining of gears, especially in a vehicle with a manual transmission where the exchange of gears is dependent upon the driver. In some cases, however this may...

Q: Hi! I had a flat tire this morning and o am driving on my spare, the "low tire pressure sensor fault" light came on.

If you have used a tire pressure gauge to confirm that the pressure in each tire is at 32 PSI cold, you need not worry. If the spare tire is of the space saving type and thus has a higher...

Q: What does the reduced engine power Warning Light mean?

The purpose of the “Reduced Engine Power” Warning Light is to alert drivers when/if there is a serious problem with the transmission and/or one or more of the engine system components. When a fault/error in the transmission or engine triggers...

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Q: I was getting on the freeway when I heard a rubbing noise and a burning smell there was no warning signs that something was wrong,

Hi there. Typically what you are describing is caused by a serpentine belt that has broken. However, it is quite possible that a different component failed, such as a fuel or ignition system sensor that will need to be verified...

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Hi there. In most cases this is caused by air bubbles trapped in the master cylinder or brake lines, that can be very difficult to bleed out. It is also possible that a brake line was not tightened correctly and...

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