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]
What will happen if I stop making loan payments on my totaled car? [more 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]
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?
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?
I scratched another person's car bumper. What happens next? [more inside]
How does an American citizen get auto insurance in Israel for a 6 week trip? [more inside]
Is this person uninsurable or just not trying hard enough? [more inside]
I’m considering buying a used truck/SUV but I’m confused by the dizzying array of options. [more inside]
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]
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]
Does leaving my phone's car charger plugged in to the car at all times significantly drain my car's battery? [more inside]
Is it possible for a US American to buy a part from a Japanese junk yard? How? [more inside]
What factors do you consider when thinking about getting rid of your old car and buying a new one? [more inside]
Hubcaps that don't fall off? [more inside]
Repair or replace my car? (A few different circumstances than previously posted.) [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
What's the best 1975 car a guy can get? [more inside]
My car appears to have a broken spring. Is this going to be as expensive as I think it will be? [more inside]
What can I do to get out from under 2 upside down cars? [more inside]
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]
My car was stolen. What else should I be doing that I haven't done yet? [more inside]
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]
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]
What is the nature and purpose of this Land Rover variant or customization?
I'm having trouble finding automotive wiring repair kits. [more inside]
(Probably) really basic car question: my car is taking longer to start than it used to. Battery problem or something else? [more inside]
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.
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)?
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]
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]
My diesel-powered car doesn't want to start but once it does, it runs fine. What's up with that? [more inside]
[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]
So I bought a car from out of state...please help me with the logistics! [more inside]
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]
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]
Does buying used through an auto-broker make sense for me? [more inside]
Automobile accident: Did the seat belt fail? What should we do? [more inside]
Thinking about trading my 97 Accord for 1980 diesel benz. [more inside]
Car was totaled, bank that gave auto loan charged off the loan account because the collateral is gone despite us continuing with full and on time payments. What are our options? [more inside]
Car repair: I have a 2003 Kia Sedona. Due to a humming sound coming from the front end, we've taken it in to be diagnosed. It gets complicated . . . [more inside]
How to put a bumpersticker on fiberglass so that it is easily (and instantaneously) removable and replacable? [more inside]
It's that time in my life where my family is outgrowing our vehicles, and we are looking for something larger. I'll be the main driver and I am pretty big (6'3" 230 lbs). So we want something both economical and comfortable. I looked at the Mazda5, but it is too tiny for carseats and me... So... Which 2009/2010 minivan/crossover should I choose? [more inside]
What is this mechanical (automotive in this case) sound called? Does it have a name? [more inside]
How can I tell if the crack in my car windshield has been repaired? You would think it would be obvious.. but apparently it's not. [more inside]
What's a good place in or near the greater Seattle area, to park and photograph a car? I'm looking for somewhere which is a nice area or has a nice backdrop, has space to stop a car, and which is generally fairly deserted (so that camera etc. can be set up without constantly being the path of people/cars, and pictures can be taken without having to wait for people to leave the frame, etc). To make things harder, this would most convenient during the day on a weekend, but if a good place is most empty during office hours (or whatever), it might be worth the inconvenience.
Could brake pads wear down from 50% worn to metal against metal after one 12 hour round trip to Yosemite? (See details) [more inside]