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Help me fix the A/C in my VW Golf TDI

My air conditioning suddenly conked out on my 2002 Volkswagen Golf TDI (diesel). The mechanics at the dealership are having trouble finding the cause and I'm spending a lot of money on diagnostics, with no definitive end in sight. It's hot here in Toronto - help. [more inside]
posted by analog on Aug 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Blower motor resistor or worse? Did you mean 'power motormite rotor'?

If my 2001 Honda Accord's blower motor resistor goes out, should I expect the air conditioner not to come on at all, or is there something more seriously wrong with the car than just the resistor? [more inside]
posted by tybstar on Aug 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Is my best friend/biggest client putting me in a dangerous financial situation?

My best friend is the largest client of my business. He would like me to purchase a car for his use through my company. Is this a terrible situation for me and how should I handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2010 - 40 answers

What is the best Roadside assistance club?

I want to join an auto club looking at AAA versus AARP. My wife and I are going on some extended driving trips this summer and the insurance company add on does very little for roadside assistance. Any suggestions with pros and cons on different clubs would be very helpful. Thanks!
posted by Upon Further Review on Jul 16, 2010 - 17 answers

I want to get my old old car REPAIRED after an accident that the adjusters will likely deem a "total loss" help!

My 1987 Toyota Camry got seriously "injured" today..advice about handling the claim? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Jul 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Does red and blue make...purple?

Does changing the "temperature" setting on my car's manually controlled AC just waste energy? [more inside]
posted by razdrez on Jul 11, 2010 - 11 answers

california expired driving license

I suddenly found my California driver license had expired 5 months. Should i again take the written and driving test ?
posted by tom123 on Jul 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Something missing below headlight on 1999 Toyota Avalon

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.
posted by boognish on Jun 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Brake maintenance and finding reputable automotive shops!

The brakes in my fairly low-milage SUV have begun to squeak when stopping at slow speeds or when the car has just been turned on. What could be the problem and how can someone who knows nothing about cars get reputable service and not be ripped off? Bonus if anyone knows of a good place for this in Santa Barbara or Ventura county! [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Jun 26, 2010 - 8 answers

What will happen if I stop making loan payments on a totaled car?

What will happen if I stop making loan payments on my totaled car? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2010 - 12 answers

'95 Maxima is loud and shakes. Can I fix this on my own? Audio inside.

Can I fix my '95 Nissan Maxima? It went from sounding a little noisy/gravelly to shaking intermittently. Oil is full but dirty. Must I see a mechanic? Engine sounds like this (15-second AAC), exhaust sounds like this (5-second AAC). Used to be very quiet. Can I fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid on Jun 25, 2010 - 6 answers

high beams headache

My friend's car (a 2001 nissan altima) today has a problem. The high beams will not turn off. All regular lights work, but whether the car is on or off, the high beams are on. Any suggestions?
posted by glaucon on Jun 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Under pressure

I have a 2006 Scion xA with 40k miles on it. I just spent $800 replacing essentially my entire emissions system due to a pressure burst and subsequent contamination. I get regular maintenance and never attempt to overfill my tank. How do I make sure this doesn't happen again?
posted by emilyd22222 on Jun 8, 2010 - 17 answers

I scratched another person's car bumper. What happens next?

I scratched another person's car bumper. What happens next? [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Jun 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Good: vacation in Israel. Bad: driving in Tel Aviv. Where do I get coverage?

How does an American citizen get auto insurance in Israel for a 6 week trip? [more inside]
posted by dudeman on Jun 3, 2010 - 1 answer

Is this person uninsurable or just not trying hard enough?

Is this person uninsurable or just not trying hard enough? [more inside]
posted by pantheON on Jun 1, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me buy a sweet 4x4 truck/SUV.

I’m considering buying a used truck/SUV but I’m confused by the dizzying array of options. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on May 27, 2010 - 29 answers

What happened to my car battery?

Yesterday my car started fine, but today the engine wouldn't crank even once. What caused my car battery to fail so suddenly and without warning? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on May 26, 2010 - 18 answers

No Cars Go

EMERGENCY! My car is about to go kablewy (as in any day now), and I have to commute 30 miles a day to work. I can't live without a car, and seeing as hubby and I just moved, we have no savings or nest egg to fall back on. We are looking for an affordable, fuel efficient, used car around $6000ish. IYHO: Who's the best used car dealer in town? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on May 23, 2010 - 9 answers

A few volts here, a few amps there, and before you know it there might be nothing left!

Does leaving my phone's car charger plugged in to the car at all times significantly drain my car's battery? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on May 20, 2010 - 22 answers

Japanese auto parts into America?

Is it possible for a US American to buy a part from a Japanese junk yard? How? [more inside]
posted by Marky on May 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Should I just get another car?

What factors do you consider when thinking about getting rid of your old car and buying a new one? [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Pimp this minivan!

Hubcaps that don't fall off? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on May 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Repair or replace my car?

Repair or replace my car? (A few different circumstances than previously posted.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2010 - 15 answers

It's my car! Now what?

I am about to own my first car that's actually mine. No, this isn't a car-purchasing question. This is a, "What else do I need to know?" question. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Apr 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Please help me identify this BMW.

Please help me identify the approx. year and model of this BMW (another angle). Thanks.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese on Apr 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Buying a car through Costco or USAA?

If you have experience with either Costco's Auto Program or USAA's Car Buying Service, how'd it go? Would you use it again?
posted by The corpse in the library on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Can I do anything to avoid having my auto insurer pull a new copy of my driving record when adding my wife to the policy?

I need to add my wife to my auto insurance policy. How can I do this in a way that reduces the chance that the insurer will obtain an updated copy of my driving record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 - 24 answers

1975. A great year for cinema. And wine. And pickup lines. Cars? I'm pretty sure no.

What's the best 1975 car a guy can get? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Apr 14, 2010 - 38 answers

The spring has sprung

My car appears to have a broken spring. Is this going to be as expensive as I think it will be? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Apr 6, 2010 - 11 answers

What can I do to get out from under 2 upside down cars?

What can I do to get out from under 2 upside down cars? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii on Apr 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Are we crazy to drive our two kids around in a 1984 Buick LeSabre?

My husband and I have two older cars ('84 and '94). Are the safety features in newer cars so far superior that it's irresponsible to drive children around in older cars if you can afford to upgrade? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Feb 16, 2010 - 50 answers

Dude.

My car was stolen. What else should I be doing that I haven't done yet? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Feb 6, 2010 - 17 answers

What is the "best" way to buy a vehicle for a relative?

Have made the likely-unwise decision to help my brother buy a vehicle. What is the least-messy way to accomplish this? Absurd level of detail, and... [more inside]
posted by Pufferish on Jan 21, 2010 - 10 answers

How to get an iPod to work in my 2007 non-Sport Honda Fit?

I have a non-Sport 2007 Honda Fit with a factory radio. It has an Auxiliary-in button on the controls, but no physical aux-input (unlike the Sport, which does). How can I best get my iPod to play through my Honda stereo (with an FM Modulator as a last resort)? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jan 21, 2010 - 14 answers

What is this car for?

What is the nature and purpose of this Land Rover variant or customization?
posted by TheophileEscargot on Jan 19, 2010 - 14 answers

I need to connect!

I'm having trouble finding automotive wiring repair kits. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jan 14, 2010 - 10 answers

My other car is the millennium falcon

(Probably) really basic car question: my car is taking longer to start than it used to. Battery problem or something else? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger on Jan 5, 2010 - 22 answers

2006 Honda Pilot Headlight Replacement

I have a 2006 Honda Pilot, and noticed that my right headlight went out. Each headlight is comprised of two headlights, a top and bottom one. The top one seems to be working, but the bottom one is out. The top bulb is easy to replace, but the bottom one is a little bit more tricky, as there doesn't seem to be an easy way to remove it. Can anyone point me to a schematic or something? I think the replacement bulb size is H11, I just don' t understand how to replace the lower bulb.
posted by GatorFan2000 on Dec 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Can auto claim be reopened?

After I settled an auto injury claim I found out the adjuster mislead me on a number of issues. Had I known that I would have obtained an attorney. Can settled injury claims get reopened (Adjuster says no)?
posted by elizfield on Dec 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Car insurance in New Orleans

I bought a car!! It is a 1993 Honda Civic. I need to buy insurance. I will be driving my car about once a week, to buy groceries - otherwise I will be riding my bike around New Orleans, Louisiana. I don't know anything about car insurance. I am 34, have a perfect driving record. Can anyone help me figure out what kind of insurance I should get? [more inside]
posted by goneill on Dec 11, 2009 - 16 answers

Older car, cold weather?

My car's getting older, and I have recently moved to a new place with no garage. I'm worried about it starting in cold weather. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by Richat on Dec 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Why does my diesel run fine but start so poorly?

My diesel-powered car doesn't want to start but once it does, it runs fine. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Dec 8, 2009 - 15 answers

sexy or shameful?

[nsfw] I found out that a guy I once briefly dated and who I expect to reunite with again in the very near future is capable of auto-fellatio. The idea of it doesn't exactly turn me on, but the gawker in me wants to watch him in the act. A while back he told me he was embarrassed about it; should I pressure him to show me anyways? [more inside]
posted by afabulousbeing on Dec 1, 2009 - 30 answers

How to drive home a car bought in another state?

So I bought a car from out of state...please help me with the logistics! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Nov 15, 2009 - 6 answers

What is a dead car worth?

I own a 1997 VW Golf that threw a rod in 2004 and has been sitting (inside a garage) ever since. Donating it to charity has no tax benefit for me. It needs to go. Does it have any cash value at all? If so, how much? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Nov 10, 2009 - 14 answers

What are my best options if I only need a car for a year or less?

My car lease is ending soon. I thought I wouldn't need a car for any longer than my lease terms. But now I do. What are my best options if I only need a car for a year or less? [more inside]
posted by frippsie on Nov 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Auto-broker, good or bad idea?

Does buying used through an auto-broker make sense for me? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Oct 31, 2009 - 3 answers

Did the seat belt fail?

Automobile accident: Did the seat belt fail? What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 - 10 answers

Trade honda for diesel Benz?

Thinking about trading my 97 Accord for 1980 diesel benz. [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Oct 18, 2009 - 14 answers

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