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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

Baby, you can geek my car.

I drive a Subaru. I'd like to have digital access to its internal state in a format and on a bus that I can read with something like a linux PC, in real time. I'd like to know RPM, speed, sensor readings, etc (essentially everything that this can display). Can I buy or build a doohickey that will do this? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Feb 24, 2007 - 8 answers

Getting an unseen used vehicle 1000 miles away...

I recently purchased this used vehicle on eBay which is located around Bangor, Maine, and I'm planning on driving it back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I'm looking for advice to maximize my chances of actually making it back... [more inside]
posted by nTeleKy on Feb 14, 2007 - 30 answers

I spilled a bunch of gas in my car.

I spilled a bunch of gas in my car. The smell--apparently--does not dissipate even with the windows rolled down. Any ideas?
posted by mwachs on Jan 29, 2007 - 7 answers

Bing-bing-bing. "YOUR. CAR. IS. F**KED." Bing-bing-bing.

Can I drive my car to the shop if the oil warning light has come on? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet on Jan 22, 2007 - 33 answers

Is My Car Dying?

Car makes an Odd Sound [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jan 18, 2007 - 12 answers

Strange engine odor

Why does my engine smell like butterscotch? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Dec 21, 2006 - 23 answers

Saturn '98 SC2 idling problem after highway driving

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 - 8 answers

Help me with my mild Harley woes

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 - 4 answers

An Ounce of Prevention

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 - 21 answers

Driving off the fat of the land.

Biodiesel or hybrid? I need a new car, and of course there's [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Nov 1, 2006 - 19 answers

Placement of spark plug wires

Placement of spark plug wires.. [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 on Oct 13, 2006 - 14 answers

My broke down car

I need help deciding whether to fix my older car or buy a new one. [more inside]
posted by eggerspretty on Oct 11, 2006 - 13 answers

A wireless automotive kill switch?

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 - 16 answers

Can you recommend a car repair shop in Richmond, BC, Canada?

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 - 5 answers

DealorNoDealFilter: 1985 Porsche 944 for $6.5k?

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 - 13 answers

Parts for a Ford Focus

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 - 6 answers

Replace my car's window regulator & motor?

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 - 9 answers

A reasonable price for a brake job?

A reasonable price for a brake job? [more inside]
posted by zerokey on Jun 8, 2006 - 21 answers

Overnight charger hacks?

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 - 9 answers

Seat belt Problems

I have a 2002 Suzuki Esteem Wagon and the rear seat belts no longer retract. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jan 12, 2006 - 3 answers

Oil change place damaged my car. What do I do?

Local oil change shop damaged my car. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Jan 3, 2006 - 15 answers

What kind of car is the safest to drive?

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 - 24 answers

car issues

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. [more inside]
posted by jare2003 on Aug 22, 2005 - 14 answers

Should I sell my car to a junkyard?

Do I want to sell my car to a salvage yard? If so, how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Aug 10, 2005 - 13 answers

smoke on the camry

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 - 14 answers

Does it take more gas to start engine , than to keep running.

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 - 18 answers

Two motorcycle questions

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 - 18 answers

Solid rear axle on a Mustang.

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 - 12 answers

Shade-tree i/o shady

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 - 8 answers

Necessities for a car

What are the necessities for a person to have in their car? [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Apr 1, 2005 - 46 answers

Automotive woes. In need of guru.

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 - 11 answers

Should two new tires be installed on the front or the back of my car?

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 - 19 answers

Small Claims Suit Question

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 - 11 answers

Help me start my car.

Car won't start. Again. [mi] [more inside]
posted by angry modem on Nov 2, 2004 - 13 answers

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