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Dre604

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A week ago, a mechanic I know told me I needed to replace my struts and strut mount . I've found the struts for my car but not the strut mount itself. None of the chain auto parts stores and stores online carry the strut mounts What did come up was a strut mounting kit with a like a cone shaped rubber/plastic piece and looks like two washers about 2 to 4 inches across. Also, a strut mount did come up but it was for the Stratus coupe. Yesterday, I found an auto parts website that had something called a shock bracket (Looks way different from the strut mount for the coupe) and there was an diagram with the bracket along with the strut, etc. The price of the strut mount was $211.00 each. My opinion (I'm not an mechanic), the bracket shown in the diagram looks study and can last a lifetime, something you don't replace unless you get into an accident. Has anyone replaced struts along with the strut mounting kit, without replacing the shock bracket? Personally, I don't want to pay over $400.00. unless I have to.


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My air conditioning is blowing hot so my brother says I need some Freon. He put Freon in my car while the air conditioner was on and the air didn't get cool at all. My brother told me he noticed that when the Freon was coming out of the can, it didn't get cold. Also, he notice that when I turned on my AC, it didn't "click" to turn on one of the AC components (I guess). I don't know if this mean anything, but I notice a black plastic webbing (Like off a filter) in the heating/cooling exhaust vents.


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My car has 129,000 miles on it. I took my car to an mechanic today because of anti-freeze dripping under the engine. The mechanic told me that the leak was coming from my water pump and it would have to be replaced. The mechanic also told me that I would have to get a new timing belt and accessories and that would cost $800.00!. The mechanic told me If I get the water pump replaced, I should get timing belt replaced. That makes sense to me, but I told him that I had my timing belt replaced at 90,000 miles 3 years ago but he said it didn't matter. I know a timing belt for my car last 100,000 miles. Also, he said that if I didn't get the timing belt replaced, the bill would be less $50.00. So either way I go, I would pay a lot of money. I told the mechanic I would get back to him. So is the mechanic right? I feel that I should have my water pump repair and not spend money on a new timing belt when my old one is still good.


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Lately I've been having problems with a check engine light code P0456 (EVAP emissions leak very small) So after taking my car to this shop numerous times, I decided to take my car to the dealership to have them look at it. The service advisor told me that the EVAP hoses to the EVAP cannister were bad and was causing the leak.The person told me that the EVAP system (The canister, hoses, and the valve) are connected to the gas tank and all have to be replaced. I got an estimate of almost $1700 dollars! I was in shocked! Is there a cheaper way of getting my car repaired? Or is there a way to just get the hoses fixed? (That's the main problem) Or do I have to suck it up and pay. I've always heard taking your car to the dealer for repair is expensive and I have to question this. have to look at some options here instead of taking the dealerships word for it.


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I have a 2002 Dodge Stratus with 114,000 miles on it. Back in November I took my car to a mechanic to get a check engine light fixed. First I took my car to Advance Auto to find out what the code was and it was P0456 (EVAP emissions leak very small). The mechanic did a smoke test and found out the problem was my gas cap. So he got me a brand new gas cap and cleared the check engine light and charged me $92.63. Then a week later, the engine light came on took the car back to Advance and the same code (P0456) came up again. I took my car back to the mechanic and said I needed an EGR vacuum control valve. I got it put on my car and charged me $296.61. A week and a half later, the check engine light came on again and for the same code as before. I took my car back and the mechanic did the smoke test and it was the gas cap again! So the mechanic cleared the engine light, made sure the gas cap was tight, and drove my car 10 miles to make sure the light didn’t come on. When I picked up my car, the mechanic told me that he used to work for a Dodge dealer and Dodge cars were famous for check engine lights on P0456 codes. Also to make sure my gas cap was tight (over 3 clicks) and he didn’t charge me this time. That Thursday January 13, I filled up my car with gas and I made sure my gas cap was tight (I did 5 clicks) Yesterday on Saturday January 15, the check engine light came on again! I'm trying to figure out what’s going on here. Can anyone tell me? I’m not an expert in cars or car repair. In the past when I took my car to a mechanic and after my car was fixed, I had no problem, this is the first time for me.


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Need to know how much would it cost for a mechanic to find a leak in the evap system and fix it. I got a check engine light and I found out there is a leak in the evap system (Not the gas cap)


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