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I got the blues, baby

1. Is blue antifreeze special? 2. If the coolant reservoir is half-full, can I keep driving until I can get what I need? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 25, 2008 - 12 answers

Chevrolet Tracker Spark Plugs

Changing sparkplugs: I have a 2003 Chevrolet Tracker, with an unusual ignition coil setup, and I want to learn how to remove the coils and access my plugs. (Pictures inside) [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 25, 2008 - 5 answers

To lease or not to lease ...

Two year lease (new, used or swap) vs. buying a used car with the definite intention of getting rid of it after two years? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Jan 24, 2008 - 6 answers

Should I refinance my auto loan

Is it worth refinancing my auto loan since the Fed made a cut? My current interest rate is 3.90%, can I do better than that, and if so, where?
posted by mgrimm on Jan 23, 2008 - 12 answers

Should I repaint my car?

Should I get my car repainted? I have a '97 Toyota Corolla, dark green. The clear coat on the hood and front bumper is starting to peel pretty badly, though the paint underneath seems okay. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Jan 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Car Wont Start

My Car wont start, It just clicks when i try and eventually stops doing anything! [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jan 19, 2008 - 22 answers

How long can I drive a car before turning it over to the insurance company?

Someone hit my car. Their insurance company wants to total it. How long can I drive it before they take it away? [more inside]
posted by tss on Jan 15, 2008 - 21 answers

Pre-gapped sparkplugs

Is there any difference in performance between pre-gapped sparkplugs (such as these) and ones that you have to gap yourself? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me get my truck fixed up

What should I ask the mechanic to do to get my 1995 truck running smoother again? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jan 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Ignition Lock Assembly Repair

Apparently the ignition lock assembly on my 1999 Honda Accord is fried... [more inside]
posted by jtajta on Jan 11, 2008 - 12 answers

flip down tailgate or bust!

Is there a newish station wagon with a flip-down tailgate? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Jan 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Car trouble

Cars! I don't want to go to the mechanic as a female and say, "I have no idea what's wrong with my car! Please replace half my engine and overcharge me ridiculous amounts!!" I'm hoping to get some ideas on what might be wrong before I go... [more inside]
posted by veronitron on Jan 3, 2008 - 19 answers

Dumb questions about car insurance

I've got a few questions about car insurance [more inside]
posted by special-k on Dec 27, 2007 - 11 answers

I crashed my car... and may have to move before I can fix it.

I rear-ended somebody with my car. Twist: I'm moving in a week... background inside. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Dec 27, 2007 - 2 answers

Should I worry about my car's detached door seal?

The rubber door seal has come off the door of my car -- how big a problem do I have? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Dec 23, 2007 - 16 answers

Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while?

Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while? I usually fill up at Shell, and there is 87, 89 and 91 kinds of gas, with 87 being the cheapeast and 91 being the most expensive. I usually get 87. However, I heard that if you own a car and want it to last longer, it is beneficial to fill it up with the most expensive gas, to "clean the engine". Is that true? If so, what is the explanation behind it? I drive a 2002 Kia Rio, if that makes any difference.
posted by esolo on Dec 22, 2007 - 22 answers

Should I get my tires siped

Should I get my tires siped? [more inside]
posted by doppler68 on Nov 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Hybrid reliability and reapirs?

I'm looking to purchase a hybrid car (Toyota or Honda) in the $10,000 range (~2002, 2003), I'm wondering about reliability and repair bills. Are they in-line with other non-hybrid cars of this range?
posted by mac-way on Nov 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me choose tires for my car

I think I should replace my car's tires. I'm bewildered by the vast amount of tires available and want some help narrowing it down. Also, I'm on a budget. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Nov 19, 2007 - 15 answers

How can I safely shop for auto insurance?

How can I shop for auto insurance without compromising my privacy? I HATE telemarketing and junk mail, so I avoid giving my name, address and phone number to anyone that might possibly sell it. I am also very protective of my SSN. [more inside]
posted by amfea on Nov 11, 2007 - 8 answers

Classics of the Future

CarFilter: What cars on the market today (preferably more common models, not high end exotic vehicles) have potential to be considered classic in 20-30 years? [more inside]
posted by azpenguin on Nov 10, 2007 - 48 answers

I was scammed on eBay, and now I'm stranded out of town.

I flew out-of-state to pick up a car I won on an eBay auction, and the seller didn't show up. Now he's claiming it was in a fender bender today and he can't sell it to me. In the meantime, I'm stranded. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Nov 5, 2007 - 35 answers

What's wrong with Ludwig's Van?

Help me figure out what's wrong with my old crappy van. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Nov 1, 2007 - 9 answers

Minor damage to borrowed car - next step?

I backed into a rock and damaged a borrowed car. The owner won't return until Monday. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Oct 25, 2007 - 25 answers

Why is my house using so much gas?

Why is my natural gas bill insane this month? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Oct 18, 2007 - 13 answers

How do I get rid of a dead car?

How do I get rid of a dead car? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Oct 9, 2007 - 21 answers

How can I stop my car from rusting?

My car's paint is wearing off. I don't care about the cosmetic impact, but I'm worried about rust. What can I do myself (or have done cheaply) that will prevent further damage? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Oct 7, 2007 - 12 answers

What do you call the plastic sheet underneath the front of a car?

What would an auto parts website call the flexible sheet of plastic bolted underneath the front corners of a car, just in front of the wheel well? It looks easy to replace, but I don't know how to go about getting a replacement.
posted by boognish on Sep 29, 2007 - 7 answers

working on a car - on a gravel driveway

I want to do minor maintenance on my cars (oil changes, brake checks, and so on), but I don't have a garage to do it in or a concrete driveway. All I have is a gravel / dirt driveway to work on. I would like to jack up my cars (and put them on jack stands), but I'm not comfortable at all doing it on this kind of surface. How can I do this without putting myself in harms way? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Sep 24, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me get a car lighter socket in a 220 V Outlet, K?

IsraelFilter: Where can i Buy This Powerthingy In Israel? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on Sep 24, 2007 - 3 answers

Is there a short course to learn for fix my old BMW?

Are there any schools that have something like a week-long auto repair course? Preferably BMW-focused, and preferably in the DC Metro area, but even without those two, would still be useful. [more inside]
posted by mboszko on Sep 24, 2007 - 10 answers

The dealer won't deal!

All the Toyota dealers in my region (Quebec/Canada) have a no haggling policy. The salesman just gives you the price from their webside and that's it. Anyone managed to get them to lower their price? Are they more flexible by the end of the month?
posted by racingjs on Sep 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Is it safe to drive with a slow emissions leak?

A few days ago my check engine light came on, so I took my car to an auto parts store and had them run a check. They said that the computer said I have a slow emissions leak. My cousin died earlier this week, and I need to drive approximately 100 miles this afternoon to go to her funeral. Is this safe? And when I take the car in, how much should I expect to pay for this?
posted by odayoday on Sep 21, 2007 - 10 answers

Don't wanna rock it 'til the wheels fall off

What's the difference between a lug nut and a lug cap? Additionally, is my car safe to drive? [more inside]
posted by mnology on Sep 20, 2007 - 8 answers

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive?

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive? [more inside]
posted by esolo on Sep 18, 2007 - 21 answers

Should I buy a used rental car?

UsedCarFilter: Is buying used from a rental car company, specifically Enterprise, a good idea? First hand experiences appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Sep 14, 2007 - 26 answers

Huge tranny problem in my neighborhood?

[Mechanicfilter] My truck is 'hard shifting'. Any mechanically minded MeFiers not emotionally attached to some advice? [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya on Sep 13, 2007 - 7 answers

Worry about my car tail lights or not?

Should I worry about my car tail lights or not? I have a 98 Saturn station wagon (150K+ miles, I've owned it all this time) and today when I took it in for inspection, they told me the brake lights - in fact, all the tail lights - weren't working. Then, 30 seconds later, they worked fine. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Sep 13, 2007 - 12 answers

How much to rebuild a transmission and replace a clutch

Roughly, how much should it cost to rebuild a manual 5-speed transmission and replace the clutch in a 1999 Saturn SC2? The car has 104,000 miles on it, and is in Los Angeles, CA if that matters at all.
posted by willnot on Sep 10, 2007 - 8 answers

VW Golf wants to stall after A/C repair. Fixable?

After having the A/C compressor replaced in our VW Golf, the engine idle speed drops way down to near-stalling whenever the clutch is released while driving. It pops right back up, but it's a bit unnerving. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 8, 2007 - 9 answers

What's wrong with my car?

2004 Chevy Blazer 4x4 4dr - Sometimes, not always, for the last couple of months when I accelerate my RPMs go up (the engine gets pretty loud but I do not redline) but my car seems to not accelerate very much – Which really sucks on a right on red. It eventually will get up to speed. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Aug 30, 2007 - 15 answers

Is my car's air conditioner releasing deadly fumes or something?

Is my car's air conditioner releasing deadly fumes or something? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Aug 21, 2007 - 3 answers

Keeping both eyes on the road

How can I stay awake while driving? [more inside]
posted by yclipse on Aug 20, 2007 - 41 answers

Key wouldn't turn in ignition.

The key in my wife's Camry wouldn't turn until I jiggled the steering wheel. [more inside]
posted by codswallop on Aug 16, 2007 - 20 answers

Too lazy to flip a switch

automatic audio switch: Does it exist? (Two computers, One pair of speakers). (an automatic switch, not a manual one) [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Aug 12, 2007 - 17 answers

My baby (car) has a secret (compartment)

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.
posted by xo on Aug 1, 2007 - 4 answers

Convertible Top Repair

Convertible Top Repair: Possible? [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Jul 29, 2007 - 6 answers

Highway robbery!

Auto insurance recommendations in Ontario for a new immigrant? [more inside]
posted by the dief on Jul 27, 2007 - 3 answers

Need a BMW mechanic near Fort Lee, NJ

Anyone know a good BMW mechanic in the Fort Lee, NJ (Near the George Washington Bridge) area? I have a 1988 325ix and need someone trustworthy and competent to take care of it. Service at the BMW dealer is outrageously expensive. I've tried various BMW message boards and come up empty. Something in a 30 minute radius would be nice, but I'll take what you got!
posted by SampleSize on Jul 26, 2007 - 3 answers

Lessor of two evils

Lessor of two evils: Are there good car leasing companies? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Jul 24, 2007 - 7 answers

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