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What is this bolt that fell off the bottom of my '99 Honda Civic?

Driving home from work, my '99 Honda Civic suddenly got louder and, in addition, stared making a tinkling noise. I parked to look underneath and saw that there was a bolt dangling from the middle of the car. It's about 9 inches long, still has a nut on it, and was attached at the other end to a rubbery, possibly oval-shaped gasket sort of thing. Any ideas on a) what this is and b) how much I can reasonably expect to pay to get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jun 25, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I know if the car dealer "really" cancelled my buyer's agreement?

Made a few mistakes in signing under pressure on a car purchase. Never had possession of the vehicle and was due to finalize payment the following day. In the meantime, I realized that the dealer did not give me my copy of the purchasing agreement and began to worry that the verbal assurances they gave me about the car's certification and warranty were not on the contract. The next morning (today), I return to the dealer, request my copy and confirm my fears. I demanded that they cancel the contract, which they did, but now I am wondering if it is "really" cancelled. [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies on May 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Cheap car! Expensive scrape?

My no longer able to drive grandparents recently gave me a great deal on their low mileage car. However, they got into a few scrapes before parting with it... [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Oct 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Repair old car, or buy new car?

I have a 2000 Saturn LS1 which I have been driving for a decade with basically no problems; it has 120,000 miles on it. On the way to a camping trip this weekend the car broke down and the damage is apparently quite serious. Repairs to the car would cost less than buying a new car, but would I be throwing good money after bad if I repaired it? [more inside]
posted by Kiablokirk on Jul 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Leaky something-or-other on Saturn radiator.

My poor, bedraggled 1996 Saturn is losing coolant. I can see where it's losing it from! I have no idea what it is or how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Do cars really go 10,000 miles between oil changes these days?

We bought our first new car of the millennium back in March, and it came with free oil changes for life. Since it hit 5000 miles this week, my wife stopped by the dealership for an oil change / tire rotation. They are telling her that the car (2011 Corolla) only needs an oil change every 10,000 miles because they are using synthetic oil. I religiously change the oil in my cars every 5000 miles, and the idea of going 10,000 miles makes me nervous. Should it make me nervous?
posted by COD on May 23, 2012 - 27 answers

Shop says car engine seized, with no warning signs. Need advice.

Catastrophefilter. Auto shop just called, say Subaru has seized engine. Baffling, because no warning signs. ~$5,000 for new one. Options? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Nov 28, 2011 - 27 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

How can I get a title for a junkyard car?

How can I get a title to a previously owned car that was sold to a junkyard? [more inside]
posted by Elminster of Labor on Jun 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Pressing Clutch Pedal Creates "Air" Noise in '04 Tiburon

I have a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 Special Edition (http://autos.yahoo.com/2004_hyundai_tiburon_gt_v6_special_edition/) with 53k miles. Recently I noticed an odd sound when I press the clutch pedal. The best way to describe the sound is that it's very much like the rushing air sound you hear when a window is opened. The sound does vary just a bit in pitch depending on how far the clutch is pressed, and the sound stops when the clutch pedal is let back out. I'd swear it sounds like a hole being opened and closed. The sound is very subtle and can't be heard when the radio is up, so I don't know how long it's been there. I first noticed it several months ago and it hasn't changed since then, neither getting worse nor better. As best as I can determine, the sound is coming from the area underneath the pedal. The transmission seems to be working perfectly and I don't abuse the clutch in any way. Someone suggested that it could be the throwout bearing, but I've watched clips of that sound on-line and it doesn't quite match what I'm hearing. Any ideas or suggestions?
posted by Jamesonian on Mar 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Cleaning the EGR port

How should I clean my EGR port? The check engine code says "inadequate flow through the EGR valve." [more inside]
posted by noonknight on Sep 9, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I reattach my motorcycle's starter solenoid?

I took off my motorcycle's starter solenoid. Now I can't remember the correct way to reattach the wiring! What do these letters "M" and "B" stand for? [more inside]
posted by fracas on Jul 18, 2010 - 5 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

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

Freezing my ass off!

Have you had any experience with in-car extra heaters like the ones on the linked page? example types [more inside]
posted by Eicats on Dec 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Catalytic converter unnecessary?

Do I need to replace the catalytic converter and oxygen sensor in a 2000 Honda Civic (125k miles)? Engine suddenly idling low. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Nov 4, 2009 - 17 answers

R Kelly is trapped in my trunk!

I cannot unlock the trunk on my car! [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy on Oct 29, 2009 - 2 answers

What went wrong when I tried to replace my car battery?

I just changed my car's old dead battery with a new, just purchased one following the directions here. Even though I clamped the connectors down hard enough that I can't move either of them, the car seems to be completely dead --- it doesn't appear to be getting any power whatsoever. Any ideas what could be wrong? [more inside]
posted by jacobm on Aug 19, 2009 - 23 answers

Rear view camera

Does anyone know if it's legal to use a rear view camera system instead of rear view mirrors? That is, to completely remove the mirrors from the car because cameras are doing the job... Question is for Ontario, Canada. [more inside]
posted by glider on Jun 8, 2009 - 19 answers

What do I do with my old car?

What do I do with my old car? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jun 7, 2009 - 15 answers

How does starting a car engine cause wear?

If one car engine makes 3 revolutions on the starter engine before it runs, and (the same spec) other car engine takes 10, does the starting time cause one engine to sustain more wear than the other? [more inside]
posted by wildatheart on Feb 26, 2009 - 7 answers

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