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Stalling during slow driving and idling, trouble starting
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low oil pressure light on at idle
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1999 Volvo won't start due to immobilizer despite recent replacement
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Brake Booster potential leak.
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should you lube the wheel bolts (lug nuts)?
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Q: power steering fluid is leaking
With a power steering fluid leak that big, you certainly should have the vehicle inspected as soon as possible to find the exact cause. Any of the components you listed can be the source of the leak. The power steering...
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Strong smell of gas in my 2002 volvo v70. 161,000 miles
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