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AutomotiveFilter: Please help me diagnose this squeak in my 99 Ford F150. [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Aug 2, 2010 - 5 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

Nice cars just aren't in the cards

What stuff can I add to a crappy car to make driving more enjoyable? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Apr 18, 2010 - 21 answers

How Should I Go About Learning [Small?] Engine Repair?

How do I go about learning [small?] engine repair on my own? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Mar 11, 2010 - 10 answers

name that car

Can you identify this vehicle for me? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Car dealer changing terms of deal after purchase?

A few days ago, I traded in two cars at a Toyota dealership. I signed contracts detailing trade-in, down payments, and monthly payments. Today, the dealership called and said that Toyota Financial wants a bigger down payment, and to remedy the situation, they will issue me a credit card for XX dollars, but my monthly payments will be reduced by XX dollars, so in the end I will be paying the same amount. Is this a scam? Or is the dealer just trying to maximize their profit? Is this a common practice? Can the dealer nullify the contracts and force me to return these cars? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
posted by redbed on Feb 4, 2010 - 27 answers

help us haggle with a dealership!

shopping for used BMW's for my girlfriend and found one we are interested in. need tips for the haggling process. [more inside]
posted by austere on Jan 23, 2010 - 17 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

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

Junk in my Trunk

I want to make my car into a truck. Do I just buy a blow torch, superglue and bubble wrap? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Dec 10, 2009 - 19 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

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

Why would you mount a big, thin disc on the roof of your limo?

Did I see the ground-based version of a "black helicopter?" [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Oct 30, 2009 - 11 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 would you do if you had an engineering degree?

What would you do if you were a recent engineering graduate? (What companies would you be looking into across Canada?) [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Aug 31, 2009 - 10 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

Buying Used Without No Clues

I'm generally freaking out about buying a car (used, my first) and have a short laundry list of very general questions. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 28, 2009 - 19 answers

Rattle underneath my car?

Is my car safe to drive? [more inside]
posted by semp on Jun 26, 2009 - 11 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

Help me bounce in style!

Where can I find tasteful, simplistic chic seat covers that aren't too plain? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Jun 5, 2009 - 0 answers

Best way to repair broken car seat frame?

Currently in my 2005 Chevy Malibu the driver seat frame is cracked. Underneath the seat I can see a metal bar going across (not IN the seat but under) and it has a huge crack/hole and the other piece is hanging off. This causes my seat to tilt back some and rock. I know eventually when that breaks completely my seat will forever tilt back. Is there a way I can fix this by DIY? [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 on May 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Lemon law or lemonade recipe?

I need a source for NY state law (not NYC) pertaining to the sale of used cars. [more inside]
posted by cedar on Apr 28, 2009 - 4 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

What kind of high pressure metric fuel fitting is this?

What kind of high pressure metric plumbing fitting is this? [pdf link (85kb) | jpeg link (60kb)] [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Jan 25, 2009 - 14 answers

Wet Audis and the Bills they Cause

My 2006 Audi A4 is having ignition coil problems. And the dealer is saying because it's water damage related, it's not covered under warranty. I have NOT had the engine cleaned. I have NOT driven into a lake and I live in California where rain is minimal. Help me to not be screwed. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 26, 2008 - 11 answers

My 1994 Toyota Camry died while driving, any ideas why?

My 1994 Toyota Camry died while driving, any ideas why? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons on Dec 23, 2008 - 20 answers

Acura ABS Problem

Acura ABS Filter, 1998 Acura 3.2 TL, ABS light and TCS light are on, Repair shop says there are 2 ABS sensors out (right side). They want $540 to repair them and reset the light. Anyone have any ideas or is this a possible fix at home situation? Any help would be appreciat
posted by mikedelic on Sep 9, 2008 - 2 answers

When gas goes above 4 bucks a gallon, it's the premium cars who hurt the most...

I want to use cheap gas in my 2006 Audi A4. Will this void my warranty? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 22, 2008 - 14 answers

Ice Ice Camry!

I have a 98 Camry with leather seats and I live in Arizona. As you may have surmised, I am an idiot. The car has been great though, and I'm not getting rid of it anytime soon. My problem is that I have a long commute and by the time I get to work or home my pants & the back of my shirt are plastered to me, no matter how much I blast the AC. I'm thinking I need some sort of seat pad that provides ventilation and maybe active cooling. Any recommendations?
posted by mattholomew on Apr 3, 2008 - 8 answers

The Compleat Idiot's Guide to Machine Shop

Machine shop for dummies? [more inside]
posted by kableh on Feb 27, 2008 - 14 answers

"Ma'am, if you didn't have a vagina, these repairs would cost you considerably less."

[Automotive-Repair-Filter]: I dropped off my car at the dealership for it's scheduled maintenance and to have some loudness checked out. Now I'm being told that despite wheel-bearings being the noise-culprit, my car needs $1000+ worth of repairs. Am I getting shafted? [more inside]
posted by numinous on Jan 14, 2008 - 27 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

What to expect at the end of a car lease?

What to expect at the end of a car lease? [more inside]
posted by mjger on Jan 9, 2008 - 14 answers

tell me a tale..

AutoFilter: In your experience, is it worth the higher price to take your vehicle to the dealer for routine service than a third party? [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD on Dec 20, 2007 - 20 answers

Need a Car, High MPG, low cost

What is the best low maintenance, high gas mileage, low cost car I can buy (new or used) on a limited budget. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Dec 12, 2007 - 23 answers

Is my dealer running a Prius scam on me?

Is my dealer running a Prius scam on me? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Nov 12, 2007 - 24 answers

How do I prove that an odometer has not been altered?

How do I prove that an odometer has not been tampered with? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on Oct 17, 2007 - 14 answers

Gimme brakes

Teach me the best way to drive to save my brakes [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Sep 20, 2007 - 29 answers

DIY car repair?

Feeling very ambitious and am thinking about a little DIY car repair. Should I really do it? [more inside]
posted by nonstopflights on Aug 10, 2007 - 16 answers

Tire shop questions

I've got to replace my front tires, so I have some dumb tire shop questions. [more inside]
posted by zek on Aug 5, 2007 - 7 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

Name that socket!

My 1998 Camry has a socket in the dashboard underneath the cigarette lighter that is the same size & shape as a cigarette lighter socket but has a cover over it that says "110V". If I plug in my cell phone charger to this socket it doesn't work, I assume because the voltage on the charger doesn't match. My question: If I would like to power something from this socket with a standard household 2-pronged plug, what sort of adapter do I need? What's it called? Sorry for my lack of 'lectrical lingo knowledge.
posted by mattholomew on Aug 1, 2007 - 12 answers

How to get an iPod to work in my 26 year old AM radio only car

Please help me banish AM radio from my car. [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura on Jul 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me TASTEFULLY "pimp" my car audio.

I'd like to modernize my 2001 Honda Accord's audio system -- satellite, HD Radio, Bluetooth handsfree, and on-screen iPod controls/track display. Help! [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Jun 26, 2007 - 10 answers

Sorta-Kinda Fast and the Furious Filter: Ideas for tuning my 2001 Toyota Camry XLE?

Sorta-Kinda Fast and the Furious Filter: Ideas for tuning my 2001 Toyota Camry XLE? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 31, 2007 - 17 answers

How do I find a *good* insurance company?

How do I find a car insurance company that has good service and won't screw me over if something happens? [more inside]
posted by raf on Apr 2, 2007 - 26 answers

Does a truck work extra to pull a drafting car?

Does drafting a truck theoretically lower the truck's mileage? [more inside]
posted by condour75 on Mar 10, 2007 - 19 answers

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