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Low profile tires (225/40's) are problematic?

Contemplated new car comes in a base version with 17" wheels & 225/45 tires. But mostly because of a single feature (better seats) I'm thinking of getting a higher end version that comes with 18" 225/40's. Are the 225/40's going to be noticeable more troublesome with respect to blowouts, rim damage etc here in New England? Sales guy claims there is little or no practical difference. I know that the 225/40's should handle better but I don't really care about that.
posted by Kevin S on Apr 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Can I Ignore This Error Code (97 Mazda 626 Filter)

The car my son drives (97 Mazda 626 with the 6 cylinder engine) is throwing a P1195 OBDII code. That is a error reading from the EGR sensor, but there are a variety of things that could cause that, and Google didn't turn up any advice about whether or not that is really a critical issue to deal with. [more inside]
posted by COD on Apr 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Moving cross-country, will need car--but when and where?

In a few months I will be moving across the country from Delaware to California for a year to maybe indefinitely. In which state should I buy a car and how should it be paid for? (Snowflake details below the cut.) [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Mar 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Wise to replace slightly frayed seatbelt with used one from junkyard?

2002 saab with 100,000 miles in generally good condition has a frayed driver's seat belt. To prevent further degradation, I covered the edge of the belt with duct tape. Frayed section conforms roughly in size to the concavity visible on the duct tape. Trusty mechanic quotes $175 + around $75 to install a junk yard replacement. This includes the entire assembly; trusty mechanic says they generally don't work well if you just replace the belt. A new belt and assembly is $475+ installation. I will have the opportunity to inspect the junk yard part before giving the go-ahead. Here's the question: assuming that it looks ok, am I better off from a safety stand-point with the used one of unknown history that in theory could be almost twenty years old or should I stick with my slightly frayed belt of known history (I bought the car new)? I know you are not my safety engineer! Thanks
posted by Kevin S on Dec 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Michigan Auto Insurance - Can Premium Rise b/c of Not-At-Fault Accident?

In the state of Michigan, USA, can your auto insurance [liability+collision+comprehensive] premium be increased as a result of a collision claim for which the driver/policyholder is judged 'not at fault' by the police or court? I thought that it could, but I have a friend who is sure it cannot. Can any of you provide a definitive answer?
posted by Juffo-Wup on Sep 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Is Esurance reliable?

is is there anyone who made a claim with Esurance? Do they actually pay, when you make a claim? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by WizKid on Sep 10, 2013 - 18 answers

Auto loans for not-so-great credit?

Several years ago, I went through a foreclosure, but now I'm 100% debt-free and making great money. Who offers auto loans to someone with a credit score in the low 600s?
posted by xingcat on Sep 2, 2013 - 11 answers

What reason for buying a car at less than market value?

YANAL/YANML and you are not a clerk working at my DMV. What reason should I put on a bill of sale for buying a car for less than market value? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on May 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Talk me out of buying a salvage title Honda Insight

There is a mechanic in a city nearby who restores and sells (and maintains) first-generation Honda Insights. Most of the cars his shop produces have a salvage title. He offers exclusive repair and maintenance service to purchasers. I've done a lot of reading and talking to people about this car—a trusted coworker owns one of his restorations—and I'm pretty much convinced that I want what seems to be one of the most over-engineered, fuel-efficient, cool little cars ever made. So what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Would like to know reason for front end mis-alignment on old rav4

Four new tires were installed last June; i.e., june of 2012. A month later mechanic noticed that the front control arms were rusted; they were replaced with new ones. Today brought in for miscellaneous work. Mechanic observed that each front tire was badly worn and in need of replacement. The tires had about 12,000 miles on them; the rear ones were normal. Problem was toe-in misalignment of about .1 deg left side and .075 deg right. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on Apr 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Mechanical Filter: Follow-up question: '93 del Sol won't start

A few weeks ago I asked this question. Consider this a follow-up question. I have a 1993 Honda del Sol 5-speed Si that has a "mystery" problem of sometimes starting and sometimes not starting. It's always a cold-start problem. I put the key in the ignition, switch it to ON until the check engine light goes on, the fuel pump pressurizes, and the main relay clicks, and then crank it. Sometimes it will fire up right away. Other times the engine will turn over but not ignite. Once it is started, it will start up fine for the rest of the day. It only gives me trouble when the engine has gone completely cold and has been left untouched for upwards of four hours. A new issue has developed since I first posted my question. Even after getting the car started, sometimes just a few minutes later during a sharp acceleration (approaching 4000rpms or more) the engine stalls out. I have to pull the car over and start it up again. It always starts up fine after that and will usually not stall out again. I had this issue looked at by several mechanics, most of whom hadn't the slightest clue what it was or willingness to investigate. The last mechanic I took it to said it was a faulty ignition switch and replaced it . . . but that has done no good whatsoever. Also, just FYI, the spark plugs are relatively new. Any thoughts are appreciated!
posted by fignewton on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Can I buy a car out of state (CA) without changing my driver's license?

I am a Rhode Island resident. I'm in San Francisco, CA for several months, working. I've decided to buy a car from a friend here, and today I'm going over to give him the money (I've been driving it for a week or two, since he already bought a new car and we trust each other). [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Feb 26, 2013 - 6 answers

A smaller car with great gas mileage?

It's time for me to get a new car. I'm leaning towards a smaller car. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 21, 2013 - 55 answers

What should I do to prepare for a road trip?

What should I do to prepare for driving from SF to NY this January? [more inside]
posted by Peemster on Dec 26, 2012 - 19 answers

Where to get a replacement end-piece for an Apple MagSafe airline adapter?

Where to get a replacement end-piece for an Apple MagSafe airline adapter? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Dec 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Tips and advice for first time selling a used car?

Tips and advice for first time selling a used car? I am trying to figure out if I should fix up some cosmetic damage before selling my 2005 Honda Civic EX, as well as looking for general advice on selling on the private market. [more inside]
posted by Peemster on Nov 7, 2012 - 5 answers

iPad shutdown app

I watch movies when I go to bed at night. When I wake up in the morning my iPad is exhausted. I would like to have a reminder happen (that if I don't respond to) shuts down my iPad and preserves its battery. Is there a commercial or free app that does this or can I create one easily in this suggestion?
posted by unliteral on Sep 18, 2012 - 14 answers

1994 nissan rough idle and loss of power, whats up? Details inside

Having idle/loss of power problems with a 1994 Nissan Sentra. Whats your diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by couchdive on Sep 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Can I return a new car?

We bought a new car last week. I want to return it... [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Sep 9, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I prove I'm at least as not at fault as the other guy?

On Friday morning I was in what I consider to be a no-fault fender bender, but Illinois isn't a no-fault state. The other party has already contacted my insurance; I'm not sure what I should be doing to best protect myself. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ictow on Aug 6, 2012 - 8 answers

How scared should I be of a loose tie rod?

Safety/severity questions with a bad tie rod. [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Aug 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Baby, you can drive my car, but I have to find one first.

How do I buy a car? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 27, 2012 - 29 answers

My car is doing a thing (and I would like it to stop)

My car is doing something kind of alarming, intermittently. I'd love to get some guesses as to whether I need to see a transmission specialist or not before I take it somewhere. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Jul 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me fool my film camera

How can I trick the auto-exposure setting on my film camera? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Jun 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Volvo FrontEndFilter: How much is this going to cost me?

My 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo sedan failed inspection for a tie rod, a ball joint, and front tires. I took it in and am sitting around waiting on my estimate. Just curious. How much should I expect to pay for this? Labor is $70/hr. [more inside]
posted by even butter on Jun 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Creamed me in his mom's minivan!

Corvette body shops in the Chicago, IL, USA area? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Jun 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Am I going to kill my car by keeping it stopped?

Is it a bad idea to slightly accelerate on a steep uphill slope to keep a car with an automatic transmission stopped? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Jun 16, 2012 - 24 answers

Keep the Jeep ?

Keep the jeep? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on May 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Dodge Stratus PCV Valve

Wheres is the PCV valve on a 2004 Dodge Stratus sedan? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Feb 11, 2012 - 2 answers

Jump starting another car with a LeSabre

Is there a relatively painless way to jump start another car using a 2000 Buick LeSabre? [more inside]
posted by kmz on Jan 6, 2012 - 14 answers

About to buy my first used pickup. I Know very little about prices and mechanics.

Hey! So i am about to buy my very first vehicle and am pretty excited about the whole deal. My budget is no more than 5k and I am looking to get me a used small pickup truck. It seems like my best options are either a T100, Tacoma, frontier or a b2500. Are those considered reliable used pick ups? What kind of year/mileage y'all think 5k could bring? I am thinking a 2000 with about 120000 miles. Does that seems reasonable? The truck should be very reliable and could take some abuse, I don't really care about towing much because it will be used mainly for tools. I know VERY little about cars and mechanics and wouldn't even know the first thing to look out for when looking at a potential truck... I've been told to insist on a clean title, see that the engine and transmission are in good order, and pass it by a reliable mechanic. Anything else? Thank you for your time!
posted by Sentus on Jan 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Selling a car and putting down 'gift' on the bill of sale when it's not really a gift... problem?

Selling a car and putting down 'gift' on the bill of sale when it's not really a gift... problem? [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Nov 24, 2011 - 24 answers

How to safely loan a car indefinitely

We want to give a car to my broke brother. How can we do this safely? [more inside]
posted by my name is irl on Nov 17, 2011 - 24 answers

What do you do when you're hit by someone without a driver's license or insurance?

My car was rear ended last night and it's starting to look like the guy who hit me does not have a driver's license or insurance. So I'm not really sure what my next move is. [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Nov 13, 2011 - 20 answers

Trying to find new-type winter tires to fit older car

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]
posted by Alaska Jack on Nov 11, 2011 - 13 answers

Could a steering repair to a Civic damage an XM antenna?

I gave my '07 Honda Civic to a mechanic who said it needed a replacement of the steering rack and/or pump, which he did. Problem: aftermarket XM radio was working perfectly before it went in, antenna had intermittent short which prevented radio from getting signal at least 50% of the time when I got it back. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 28, 2011 - 4 answers

This fell off the bottom of my car, right?

As I was pulling away from the parking spot along the street this morning, my car ran over this gray light metal thing. I'm guessing that this cantaloupe-sized object fell off from the bottom of my car, but what is it and is this vital?? [more inside]
posted by of strange foe on Oct 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Craigslist Whitetext Mystery

What are the mysterious, apparently non-sensical, religious-sounding words that are appearing as small white text on white background on Craigslist car+truck ads across several cities? [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Keep your car parts to yourself!

Is it possible to make a claim against someone's auto insurance for lawn repair and removal of the debris their car left in my yard? [more inside]
posted by salsamander on Oct 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Buy where, pay where?

Help a guy with bad credit or no credit or no good credit (not sure which I have) get a modest car loan. [more inside]
posted by DuoJet on Sep 27, 2011 - 10 answers

About To Step Into the Auto Dealership Belly of the Beast!

What is set in stone in car negotiations? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 22, 2011 - 11 answers

I've Got the Blues Regarding My Auto Insurance DuesInsurance

Going to need auto insurance soon. Where can I find the best rates if I have 3-4 points on my driving record? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Is an older 4runner a good adventure vehicle + daily driver?

What automatic used 4runner should I buy that will be best for both rugged roads and daily driving? Specific project plans inside... [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Aug 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Met with a minor accident (lady hit my parked car). Should I call insurance or take care of this myself?

A lady hit my car when it was parked at a mall. I have her insurance details and she is willing to take responsibility. My dilemma is this: - Even though this is a minor accident (scrath on the side) its going to show up on carfax as a accident - Correct??? [more inside]
posted by r2d2 on Aug 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Rover rover mechanic, please come over...

Need reliable, dependable, honest Range Rover mechanic near or around Waldoboro, Maine [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Aug 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Please make this car go away

I need to get rid of a car that is in pretty bad condition and has a gas leak. How can I get it off my property and out of my life? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Jun 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Best dual use tires for a newly addicted autocross junkie?

What kind of all-season tires would be best to put on a car that is both a daily driver and used for autocross? [more inside]
posted by empty vessel on May 9, 2011 - 17 answers

Car won't start - could it be a loose timing belt?

Rainy day + Replaced timing belt (2005) that's loose + Car won't start. Could it be the loose timing belt or just a wet distributor cap? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Apr 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Please make my life easier with file shuffling

Is there an easy way to transfer and rename files automagically from a micro SD card? [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Mar 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Can I set up an autoresponse script via Gmail to target a single person?

Gmail question: Is there a way to set up a script to auto-respond to an email with included attachments? I asked a guy if I could send him my resumé and cover letter so he can circulate to relevant people at a staff meeting tomorrow, but he hasn't responded and I cannot be sure I will be awake to get his response before the meeting. It seems that it would be a faux pas to send them blindly after asking for his go-ahead. If this is possible, is there a way to do it only if a specific person emails you, or will it have to be an automatic response to anyone who emails me during this period?
posted by Alcibiades. on Mar 13, 2011 - 4 answers

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