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please predict how my car will behave on the next roadtrip

My car has an electrical short that's made the fan blower stop working. Can I still take it on a weeklong 6-hour roadtrip? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Jul 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Some car doors can never be unopened.

I haven't opened the rear passenger side door of my car since it was damaged, months ago. The question is, if I open the door, will I be able to close it again? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Jul 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Power steering rack and windshield wipers. Any connection?

The power steering rack in my 2000 Honda Civic was replaced last week. Today, I noticed my windshield wipers only work on the highest setting. They were working fine right before I took the car into the shop. Could these two issues be related, or is this likely just a coincidence? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Aug 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Where can I learn the basics of car maintenance and repair?

I know next to nothing about cars beyond checking the oil and topping up windshield wash, but I'd really like to learn. I don't necessarily need to go full greasemonkey, but I'd like to be able to handle the basics and be an informed customer when I bring my car to the garage at the very least. I'd love to take a hands on course, if there are any in the Southern Alberta area, but book or website recommendations would also be quite welcome.
posted by peppermind on Aug 3, 2013 - 9 answers

tehloki and the angry inch

Somebody has decided to remove most of my door handle in an attempt to get into my car, or in a fit of rage, or something. Will getting it repaired through my insurance make my rates go up? Should I try and fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Sep 18, 2012 - 34 answers

How to deal with possibly litigious client

We're a small auto-repair business. How do we deal with a potentially litigious client? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2012 - 23 answers

Car conundrum: fix it or pitch it?

My '03 Hyundai Accent has serious mechanical issues. I'm working poor. Would it be wiser to see if it's worth it to shell out for repairs or immediately pass her on and do without a car until I can get a replacement (that might not be much better)? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Jul 10, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I get my traction control fixed?

How do I convince the dealer to fix my car? Lonnnng explanation inside [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian on Jan 24, 2012 - 17 answers

Car Talk me.

Before I go back to the auto shop to get them to fix something they didn't get right the first time . . . maybe you can help? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Dec 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Trying to get my bearings, so to speak

What do I need to know about "bearings" in my car? I don't know anything about "bearings" in my car. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Nov 28, 2011 - 18 answers

How can I address communication problems with my mechanic?

My mechanic said my car would be done four days ago. It's still not done. How can I, or should I, address this? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Nov 7, 2011 - 12 answers

It's Okay, Vibey... Just Show Me Where the Bad Man Hurt You...

I just had to replace my car's entire powertrain. What could've happened? How do I prevent it from happening AGAIN? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Someone damaged a part of my car that was already damaged, how do I handle the insurance claim?

Someone hit my car while it was parked and damaged the bumper, which was already damaged before she hit it. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by JustDerek on Sep 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Where can I find a reliable and trustworthy mechanic in Alexandria,VA?

Trustworthy Auto-Repair in Alexandria [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey on Sep 5, 2011 - 9 answers

It Is Apparently Possible to Drink Yourself to Death on Valvoline.

If oil was vodka, my '05 Pontiac Vibe would be F. Scott Fitzgerald. Should we have the engine rebuilt or replaced? Automotive snowflakiness inside! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Can I go back on a verbal agreement to have work done on my car without negative consequences?

Can (should) I ask my mechanic not to do a job we agreed they would do, after they've ordered the part? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Jun 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Plz help me get the best from GEICO.

A few nights ago a young woman, totally wasted, smacked into my pickup, which was parked on the street. Lots of damage. It's an old truck, it might be considered totaled, I'm not sure. My truck needs this, needs that, it's old, 200,000 miles, I'm not the best at keeping it maintained. Do I try to get money from her insurance to purchase a different truck? Because it's old and high miles, how do I keep from them telling me it's only worth this $$ but I can't replace it for what they offer -- I'd intended to drive this truck to at least 250,000 miles, I love the truck. Or if they repair it how do I demand they don't try to straighten out parts she smashed rather than replace with straight? The body of this truck was mint, never even dinged, it was the best thing about the truck. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on May 8, 2011 - 21 answers

How to separate a steering knuckle from a ball joint stud?

I'm trying to replace the driveshafts on both sides of a 2001 Grand Caravan. Right now, I'm working on the passenger side, and am completely unable to separate the steering knuckle from the ball joint stud. I've loosened the stud nut (it won't come completely off until the knuckle is raised) and have hammered a pickle fork in as far as it will go in every direction I can manage. It is always stopped by digging into the control arm, never by resistance from the knuckle. I've tried heating the knuckle, with no success. Any tips?
posted by Ickster on Jul 19, 2010 - 7 answers

She done died and left me...

Fix-my-car-filter! I have a '92 Honda Accord LE that's showing starting problems; it acts like the battery is dead... but it can't be, can it? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jun 13, 2010 - 28 answers

Build me an emergency car-kit

What item or knowledge has saved you in a car-related bind? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on May 28, 2010 - 47 answers

Should I just get another car?

What factors do you consider when thinking about getting rid of your old car and buying a new one? [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 13, 2010 - 17 answers

2006 Honda Pilot Headlight Replacement

I have a 2006 Honda Pilot, and noticed that my right headlight went out. Each headlight is comprised of two headlights, a top and bottom one. The top one seems to be working, but the bottom one is out. The top bulb is easy to replace, but the bottom one is a little bit more tricky, as there doesn't seem to be an easy way to remove it. Can anyone point me to a schematic or something? I think the replacement bulb size is H11, I just don' t understand how to replace the lower bulb.
posted by GatorFan2000 on Dec 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Can I pull ODB2 codes without a scanner?

Can I get ODB2 (ODBII) diagnostic codes out of my 2005 VW GTI without buying a code scanner? [more inside]
posted by maniabug on Oct 21, 2009 - 17 answers

Are dealer maintenance departments for suckers?

Are auto dealer maintenance departments for suckers? [more inside]
posted by gompa on May 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Do I own a car that truly cannot be repaired?

Is my Audi unrepairable? I have a 2003 Audi A4 1.8T with a CVT (GGT) transmission that's messed up. [more inside]
posted by starscream on Apr 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Seized O2 Sensor

I can't get the O2 sensor out of my car's engine, and I'm starting to round off the bolt! [more inside]
posted by samw on Mar 12, 2009 - 19 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

How to pass CA smog test without losing all my money?

Help! My car didn't pass the CA Smog Test and now the dealer wants $600 to bring it up to standard. What can I do?! [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Dec 13, 2007 - 30 answers

Am I getting ripped off paying for a car dent repair?

How much do a body shops typically charge for repairng small dents on cars? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Sep 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Driving with only 3 brakes connected?

CarFilter: With regard to brakes... 3 out of 4 ain't bad? [more inside]
posted by knave on Sep 23, 2006 - 11 answers

Is a universal oxygen sensor really universal?

ScoobyFilter: It's time to replace the oxygen sensors in my 2001 Subaru Outback. "Universal" replacements run about half the cost of the OEM version. Am I asking for trouble by taking the cheap way out? [more inside]
posted by Opposite George on Jul 31, 2006 - 8 answers

DIY airbag replacement-- how tough?

Has anyone here ever installed a salvaged airbag? How hard is it to do yourself? My car got bumped ludicrously lightly, the airbag deployed, and a new airbag is fantastically expensive while a salvaged one is cheap. But I would have to install it myself because local shops won't do it. The car is a volvo 940 1994. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Peace Love and Unity on Jul 21, 2006 - 19 answers

name this broken jeep part

I have a 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 205k miles on it. A few days ago I noticed some loud squeaking coming from the drivers wheel. Name that part (photos inside). [more inside]
posted by cgk on Jun 22, 2005 - 8 answers

DIY auto repair guidance?

I want to fix a couple of things on my car. However, looking under the hood causes to me to collapse with the vapors, forcing me to go purse shopping for an hour to mitigate the effects. Does anyone have an online walkthrough-to-fixin-up-your-car for guys like me? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by billybunny on Jan 6, 2005 - 28 answers

Why did the windshield installer ask to work in my driveway rather than the street?

I had a windshield installed by a company that comes to your home to do the job. The fellow who showed up to do it asked me if he could move the car from the street (plenty room) to my driveway, which I agreed to.
Next day, my neighbor suggested that they do this in case the fellow gets injured, and since it happened on my driveway, I'd have to pay his medical bills. Anyone knows anything about this possible set up?
posted by semmi on Nov 2, 2004 - 5 answers

How much does a catalytic converter cost?

The catalytic converter on my 97 Ford Escort blew out today, and I suspect it ruptured part of the exhaust works in front of the muffler. I can find out how much parts cost on my own, but I'm not going to be doing the service myself, so could someone knowledgeable in the realm of automotive repair hazard a ballpark guesstimate as to how much this might cost me to fix? I just need a general idea so I can figure out how much blood to sell to pay for the repairs.
posted by headspace on May 24, 2004 - 4 answers

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