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I own a 2011 Volvo V70, it's done 48,000 miles. It's always been serviced by a Volvo dealer and I use it for towing a 1500kg caravan about 4000 miles per year. Please advise any steps I should take, over...
My Vauxhall Vectra won't start when I turn the key. All I get is a ticking noise. Can you please help?
I have a 2013 Renault Clio 1.4 and it has done just shy of 60,000 miles. It's already had a cam belt change seven years ago (25,000 miles ago). Will it need another belt change?
My car went in for servicing at the dealership garage I purchased it from. Whilst there, someone drove into it. The driver's door needs replacing. The garage will do this at their expense and give me a...
I have an Audi A1 1.6 TDI Sport which is well built, lively and economical. The only downside is the firm suspension which is not suited to the poor quality of my local roads. Is it possible to modify...
I've just bought a six month old Hyundai i10. I knew their service costs are steep but I also noted you don't have to use Hyundai to maintain the warranty. Hyundai have just bought out a service plan that...
I've owned my 2013 Renault Clio 0.9 since new and it has done 36,500 miles. The car has a full service history. The timing chain has failed and is currently with a Renault repair centre, customer services...
I have a 2011 Vauxhall Astra that went into limp mode when I was going about 65mph. I pulled it off the road and the car would not start, it would crank but not ignite. After being recovered home I had...
The fan in my car isn't working properly. The temperature of the car is going up to 100 degrees and it only cools down when I put the interior fans on hot. Also, I checked the input pipe and the water...
My Mk5 Volkswagen Golf, with hybrid stage two turbo, was making a whistling noise. It's now stopped and won't restart, plus lost all oil. The exhaust shows signs of oil in end pipes. What could this be?
 

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