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Maintance and performance

OK... so I got into a small car accident with my car at like 19, 500 miles, no damage to anything but the front bumper and rear bumper. I took it to the body shop, got the estimate and can get it fixed at any time.

No dash lights came on or anything, but I am concerned for two reasons. One the car is pulling a little just a tad to the right. And now my left blinker is blinking crazily and uncontrolably like silly. And actually the check engine light came on, but that was because the gas cap was loose. Once I re-tightened it, it went off and has stayed off. My aunt said something about air going into the engine and messing with something. So anyways.

Also, I was scheduled for an oil change at 20, 210 miles, I am at 21,075, am I in trouble? Have I screwed up my warranty? The owners manual said 21,500, but my car is pulling like its choking a bit.

Now I don't want to go to the dealer for service because they charge soooo much. Like they charge $250 for something I can get done for $75 at a High End Jiffy Lube. Where I live there are 3 or 4 locations that actually take care of your high end Mercedes, Porsche and Ferrari type vehicles. So is it ok if I go there, my brother says it is. I mean I have before and I kept all my reciepts and details of service.

Also, there is a slight like popping rather more little ticking noise when I drive and turn the wheel. WHAT the heck is that and oh goodness, why is it when I drive in the rain my brakes make a little grinding noise?

So please help!

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"One the car is pulling a little just a tad to the right."

Have your tires rotated/inspected - possible alignment needed.

"And now my left blinker is blinking crazily and uncontrollably like silly"

If you mean it blinks fast and no consistent with the other blinkers, you may have a blown light bulb and or a loose wiring connection.

"I was scheduled for an oil change at 20, 210 miles, I am at 21,075, am I in trouble"

Being over by less than 1000 miles is really not a problem, it's merely a reminder that 'HEY- CHANGE YOUR OIL SOON' as far as the warranty- call the warranty company if you have questions, some places are particular about this.

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