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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

What is the correct A/C refrigerant pressure for '04 Scion xB?

What is the proper air conditioning refrigerant pressure for a 2004 Scion xB? Should the pressure reading be made at a specific RPM? My A/C has been slowly loosing cooling over the last couple of years, now it really only cools well when traveling above 35~ mph, not so well at all in stop-and-go situations. Does it sound like I am on the right track to recharge the system? Works pretty well at steady-state speeds...
posted by Exchequer on May 31, 2014 - 6 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

How to quickly get rid of some old gas?

I have one of those cherry red gasoline jugs that I use to store gas for my lawnmower. Usually I just re-use the gas from year to year, but I know that's bad (OLD GAS!), and I'm trying to take better care of my mower and do things like use new gas and change the oil and, you know, stuff, so I'd like to get rid of it and get some new gas... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 9, 2014 - 12 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

Vinyl separated from car roof. How to fix?

Hi everyone. I have an old 1992 Toyota Camry. The interior vinyl has separated from the car roof, as you can see in these pictures. How do I fix this? Any suggestions very much appreciated.
posted by Alaska Jack on Aug 31, 2013 - 8 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

Fuel injection huh?

Mechanic-filter: AAA just fixed my car and I don't understand how. Explain it to me like I'm 5 years old. [more inside]
posted by jabes on Oct 1, 2012 - 14 answers

I've been reading about locksmith scams

I bought a new 2012 Toyota Corolla LE. I received 2 Master keys (Smart keys with buttons) and a valet key (starts the car, but doesn't open the trunk). The dealership wants crazy $ to make more keys. They're equipped with an immobilizer, so only those keys can be used to start the car. I want a spare that will open the doors in case I lock myself out, either for a Hide-A-Key under the car or my wallet. Will a $3 duplicate from a hardware store accomplish this? If not, is there a cheap way to go about it?
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2012 - 13 answers

I never liked those screws anyway!

I torqued off the heads off of the screws that fix one of my car's rotors to the hub assembly, and I had to reassemble it and leave for work before I could extract the broken remainders and find replacements. Now that I'm thinking about it, it seems like they only serve to hold the rotor in place when the wheel isn't there. Do I need to replace them?
posted by pullayup on Jun 14, 2012 - 25 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

Be still, Aztek, be still!

My sister's new-to-her 2003 Aztek shudders sometimes. [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Aug 9, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me help my Honda.

Just had to replace the rotors on my Honda Accord. Again. Help. [more inside]
posted by googly on Jul 28, 2011 - 15 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

my honda civic has trouble going into reverse. why?

our 2006 honda civic EX sedan (automatic) is having occasional problems shifting into reverse. we're taking it in to be fixed, but i want to try and read up on this beforehand. fascinating details inside. [more inside]
posted by patricking on Apr 16, 2011 - 5 answers

How do automotive firmware engineers do their jobs?

Are you an automotive engineer? Do you design engine control module firmware? Do you know or love someone who does? How is that firmware actually written? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Apr 9, 2011 - 17 answers

What I'm looking for is the Mario Andretti of everything.

How would I track down someone who holds the most or at least multiple licenses for driving? Ideally someone who's legally cleared to drive anything from a motorcycle to a locomotive. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Blown fuse leading to radiator fan. Please help.

My radiator fan won't kick on when the car gets hot. I replaced the fusible link and let the car idle for awhile. After 15 minutes or so, the fusible link blew... Need specific advice on how to find the short circuit. [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Dec 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Cars do not run on air.

I ran my 2000 diesel VW Beetle out of gas. Before taking it to the mechanic, I want to see if I can fix the problem. I'm pretty sure nothing I do will screw it up worse than it already is. [more inside]
posted by cereselle on Sep 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Engine code P0705: any insight?

Help diagnose my Ford Focus. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Sep 10, 2010 - 8 answers

I want to lie to cars.

I need a little advice on an electronics project that I'm working on. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Sep 2, 2010 - 16 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

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

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

Rattle underneath my car?

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

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

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

Gimme brakes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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