I was hit by another driver, who sped off and likely won't be caught (no plate). I have coverage for this but it took nearly three weeks for my insurance company to approve the estimate from the shop. The first adjuster assigned to the claim wasn't local to the area and tried to do everything by phone/email and the company wasn't particularly communicative about the process. Is this run-of-the-mill feet-dragging for insurance companies or does mine suck? [more inside]
If I'm going to fix an older car with a broken engine, what are the pros and cons of (a) trying to get replacement engine vs (b) having the engine remanufactured? [more inside]
Some friends of mine are visiting the USA from Guyana. In Guyana they drive a 2006 Toyota Voxy. This car is not sold in the US. They want to buy brighter-than-stock headlights for it while they're here in the US, to take back to Guyana with them. But because the car isn't sold here, they can't find any information on which headlights might be compatible. [more inside]
I need to know how to completely disconnect a factory-installed panic alarm on a 2002 Hyundai Sonata to keep it from drawing power on the battery. [more inside]
What is the proper air conditioning refrigerant pressure for a 2004 Scion xB? Should the pressure reading be made at a specific RPM? My A/C has been slowly loosing cooling over the last couple of years, now it really only cools well when traveling above 35~ mph, not so well at all in stop-and-go situations. Does it sound like I am on the right track to recharge the system? Works pretty well at steady-state speeds...
How do car dealer customer reps in the repair shop get paid? Salary? Commission? Both? [more inside]
How does a person become a mechanic, ideally, and is this line of work compatible with social anxiety? [more inside]
I know very little about car tires. Having problems finding a Blizzak-type winter tire, and retailer of same, for lady friend's older car. Advice gratefully accepted! [more inside]
Are you an automotive engineer? Do you design engine control module firmware? Do you know or love someone who does? How is that firmware actually written? [more inside]
How should I clean my EGR port? The check engine code says "inadequate flow through the EGR valve." [more inside]
I have a 1999 Toyota Avalon. I noticed the small plastic grille below my left headlight missing and there's a dangling plug inside. I can't figure out what used to be in there. The car still runs fine. Inside the passenger-side grille is a grey plastic box, probably connected to a similar plug.
Does leaving my phone's car charger plugged in to the car at all times significantly drain my car's battery? [more inside]
I'm having trouble finding automotive wiring repair kits. [more inside]
My diesel-powered car doesn't want to start but once it does, it runs fine. What's up with that? [more inside]
My 2006 Audi A4 is having ignition coil problems. And the dealer is saying because it's water damage related, it's not covered under warranty. I have NOT had the engine cleaned. I have NOT driven into a lake and I live in California where rain is minimal. Help me to not be screwed. [more inside]
I want to use cheap gas in my 2006 Audi A4. Will this void my warranty? [more inside]
Is there any difference in performance between pre-gapped sparkplugs (such as these) and ones that you have to gap yourself? [more inside]
My hatchback car (Honda Fit) doesn't have a separately-locking trunk or glovebox. Can I add a lock-box or secret compartment somewhere inside the car for stashing a few items, for those times I must turn over my keys (parking garage, valet)? Ideally I'd only be securing/concealing 3 deck-of-cards-sized items: iPod, GPS, EZPass. There are no official Honda accessories that do this, nor can I find any Fit-fanatic mods that have addressed it.
How do I find a car insurance company that has good service and won't screw me over if something happens? [more inside]
Can you recommend a car repair shop in Richmond, BC, Canada? 1987 Nissan Sentra on the fritz again. [more inside]
What kind of car is the safest to drive? There are lots of studies on which cars are best in a crash, but I suspect that some cars crash less often than others, so I am interested in statistics that take the rate of accidents as well as crashworthiness into account. [more inside]
Do I want to sell my car to a salvage yard? If so, how do I do it? [more inside]
Car won't start. Again. [mi] [more inside]