Why does my '98 Saturn SC1 have odd idling problems after more than an hour of highway driving (i.e. it sometimes revs high, sometimes it drops to nothing and stalls)? [more inside]
posted by Java_Man
on Dec 13, 2006 -
Harley paint and exhaust. Two part question. I've decided not to sell the pig and to at least be a weekend warrior. But my loud exhaust won't work here in this neighborhood. Read more... [more inside]
posted by snsranch
on Dec 2, 2006 -
It's getting cold out! Our Dodge Malibu, accustomed to the balmy climate of North Texas, now must navigate the chill of Western Washington! Oh, you know there's [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak
on Nov 10, 2006 -
I'm planning on installing a kill switch in my car, and thinking about wireless options. [more inside]
posted by tomble
on Oct 5, 2006 -
Can you recommend a car repair shop in Richmond, BC, Canada? 1987 Nissan Sentra on the fritz again. [more inside]
posted by graytona
on Sep 16, 2006 -
Without knowing any drivetrain/mechanical details other than what you could see from the exterior (details within) and that it last passed inspection in April 2006, would you buy a bright red 1985 Porsche 944 for $6500? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold
on Sep 16, 2006 -
Where can I find Ford Focus parts (specifically a window regulator)? All retail/do-it-yourself shops (AutoZone, Checker, Car Quest, NAPA) say they do not carry the part. They all say you'll have to go to the dealer. All dealers say I have to buy the motor & the regulator. Does anyone know of a reputable place that sells ford focus parts at a reasonable price and motor and regulator separately?
posted by cowmix
on Aug 30, 2006 -
GearheadFilter: How foolish would I be to try and replace a window regulator and motor by myself? [more inside]
posted by scallion
on Aug 4, 2006 -
My new car won't charge my ipod or phone when the car is turned off. Is there anything I can do to change that? [more inside]
posted by ab3
on Mar 17, 2006 -
What kind of car is the safest to drive? There are lots of studies on which cars are best in a crash, but I suspect that some cars crash less often than others, so I am interested in statistics that take the rate of accidents as well as crashworthiness into account. [more inside]
posted by procrastination
on Dec 27, 2005 -
CarRepairFilter: I have two problems with my 1992 Honda Accord, with about 175k miles. Runs great, but two minor issues: power windows and an idling issue.
posted by jare2003
on Aug 22, 2005 -
After my friend put 5030 oil into his 1990 Toyota Camry Wagon, it began belching white smoke and the engine's overheating. What's going on, what can be done and how serious is this? He fears he destroyed his car through bad oil choices.
posted by johngoren
on Jul 23, 2005 -
With the price of a gallon of gas now approaching/exceeding $ 2.50 , is the urban legend that it's cheaper to keep it running and that the car uses more gas in start-up than in running a few minutes at the drive through bank teller, railroad crossing, etc. , still accurate ( was it ever? ) I realize there are other mileage factors in the equation , but at some price point the theory must fail.
posted by Agamenticus
on Jul 10, 2005 -
I have two motorcycle questions. 1) My horn sounds like an immitation of the road runner "meep" sound. I feel like cars would pay attention to a louder, strong horn; can I purchase one that sounds better, or is my 12v (12Ah) battery the problem? 2) When I pass other motorcycles on the road, the riders always wave hello... is there a code here I should know about? Is there some signal for cop ahead or bad road conditions, etc?
posted by about_time
on Jun 8, 2005 -
The new Ford Mustang, just like the last one, "features" a solid rear axle. Ford (and her enthusiasts) claim that such a design is for "performance reasons." Is this plausible? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar
on May 16, 2005 -
After spending a cool $thou on 'general maintenance' from the dealer, I'm seeking an Atlanta-area mechanic/shop that would work on my 97 Infiniti I30 (which is mechanically near-exact to the Nissan Maxima).
I'm really looking for an indie mechanic with whom you might have personal experience.
posted by mdpc98
on May 3, 2005 -
I need an automotive guru. I'm losing my mind. See if these symptoms add up to anything to you.
I've got a wobble in the front end. Here's what I know so far...(it's a bit of a saga)
If you figure it out, I'll buy you a beer. [more inside]
posted by gummo
on Mar 18, 2005 -
I got a flat tire last night. I had been planning on getting two new tires and moving the front two to the back anyhow because they needed to be replaced, so this was no big deal (the flat ended up being one of the back tires, luckily). When I went to get them replaced, the tire guy told me that moving the front tires to the back was the "old school" way of replacing them, and that putting the new ones on the back would be better because they would ground the car and prevent spin-outs. Does anyone know if he is full of crap or if this is the truth? My dad was the one who suggested moving the fronts to the back...and I guess my dad is pretty "old school"...but I'm still wondering which way is better?
posted by fabesfaves
on Jan 24, 2005 -
I got had in a recent car purchase. Basically I'm out $500 after wrestling the other money back. The guy is no longer in this country (Canada) my lawyer says to go ahead and file a small claims suit. Since it is quite a hassle to file a suit, anyone have experience with something like this? All the details inside... [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Dec 21, 2004 -
The battery doesn't charge and we subsequently have to manually recharge it at the garage, hopefully before it conks out on us on the road. Driving at night poses problems, since the lights obviously draw off of the battery - it's a heavy drain, trust me. Here's the question: we know it's not the battery (two brand new batteries, same problem), the alternator is showing good numbers (apparently meaning that it's charging, I'm told), all belts are running properly and are tight, the mechanics found no loose connections; what could be the problem?
posted by ashbury
on Feb 25, 2004 -