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Reduced highway mpg in a 1-year-old car. What gives?

2013 Subaru Crosstrek XV got 32-33 highway mpg last year. Now it gets 28. [more inside]
posted by nicodine on Jun 2, 2014 - 20 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

What, besides scheduled maintenance, should I do to maintain my car?

We recent got a new-to-us used car. Other than following the manufacturer's scheduled maintenance, what should we do to maintain and maximize the life of the car? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Possible reasons for engine idling higher, and "auto revs?"

Carfilter: Car had been running fine all summer. Saw a bit of this yesterday, more during today's commute. Engine idling slightly higher and it revs itself at rest. Otherwise, it runs normally under load. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Sep 17, 2013 - 6 answers

I am a worrier, but maybe now I have a reason to be worried? Car woes.

Car experts of Metafilter, please help me assuage my fears and/or prepare for the worst. My car overheated on Saturday. My mechanic tells me a hose came loose and I lost most of my coolant, hence the overheating. It's an easy enough fix but now he's got me all paranoid that I have engine damage. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Sep 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Knock, Knock. Who's There? CAR TROUBLE!

My car started making a weird noise on my drive home from work tonight. I got home, did some research, and discovered that the noise sounds a lot like "engine knock". I checked my oil level, and it's borderline low-ish. Is is OK to drive to a mechanic or should I walk/take the bus to AutoZone and top up the oil before starting it again? Am I already completely screwed? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Can I drive my car if the engine has Hydraulic Lifter Ticking?

The "tappets" or hydraulic lifters in my ten-year-old Hyundai Elantra have started making noise. tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Sep 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Help a dip stick a dipstick

Through circumstances, I cannot find the right place to put the oil dipstick on a Japanese car (1995 Mazda MPV Efini). Help? [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Sep 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Could getting towed have damaged my new car?

My new car was recently towed from my apartment parking lot without my knowledge. After I got it back and started it up, warning lights for the power steering and traction control system/dynamic stability control stayed on. The lights have since gone off, but considering that my car is front-wheel drive and was removed by pulling it backwards out of a parking spot with the transmission in Park, could any long-term damage have been done to the car? Or are temporary warning lights normal after being towed? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Aug 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Stubborn check engine light ideas

A few months ago, my car's check engine light came on. They fixed it, it came back on again, they fixed it again, and now it's back on. I'm looking for possible explanations so I'm more prepared when I take it back yet again. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Mar 29, 2013 - 33 answers

My car is doing a thing (and I would like it to stop)

My car is doing something kind of alarming, intermittently. I'd love to get some guesses as to whether I need to see a transmission specialist or not before I take it somewhere. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Jul 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Civic making Beetle noises - is it safe?

Our car – a 2003 Honda Civic DX stick-shift – has started to make a rattling/ticking/whirring noise when it accelerates. Can we still safely drive it? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Jun 19, 2012 - 13 answers

He has a magic bottle...

What the heck is wrong with my neighbor's car? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on May 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Am I driving a bomb?

My truck is leaking gas. Is this just Very Bad or is it Super Bad? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Dec 17, 2011 - 20 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

Considering buying an old pickup truck (Hilux), and teaching myself how to maintain/repair it. Where to begin?

Considering buying an old pickup truck (Hilux), and teaching myself how to maintain/repair it. Where to begin? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on Sep 3, 2011 - 9 answers

1987 Olds backfire problem

1987 Olds backfire problem [more inside]
posted by millerizer on Aug 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Fix or replace my car?

Should I fix my car or purchase another one? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Jul 18, 2011 - 9 answers

tucka tucka tucka TIKKK tukka tukka tukka TIKKK

Car geeks: I'm having trouble identifying this knock [.MOV on Dropbox] in the engine of my 1991 Dodge Spirit. It sounds a bit like a clicking sound, except it turns out to be a wheeze when it gets worse. I've just replaced one of the valve rocker arms because it turned out to be broken. I also Do you know what might be causing this? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Jun 5, 2011 - 18 answers

How do car engines work?

Are there resources on the internet where I can find information about what's under the hood of my car? I just feel that being a man and all I should have a good idea of what I'm looking at when I pop the hood of my car. I just want to learn the basics and maybe get a better idea of how stuff works under there. I have a Honda and a Toyota, and I know things are built differently under there, but if there's anything specific to those two then that would be preferable.
posted by fiestapais on Apr 21, 2011 - 14 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

'96 Toyota Camry isn't doing so well

My daughter's car ruptured a radiator hose. I replaced it, and now it's not running properly. Help! [more inside]
posted by doh ray mii on May 13, 2010 - 19 answers

Car Trouble: Can I drive this?

So first of all, I'm not exactly sure what's wrong with my car, but whatever it is is definitely not good. I was driving the other day when the engine started making this very loud clanking/grinding noise. Apparently I hadn't checked my oil level and it was basically gone. After filling it up with Oil, the noise is still there, but much quieter. So I'm thinking I might need a whole new engine. The thing is, I found a nearly identical car on Craigslist for $1750, which would probably be just a few hundred more then a new engine, and I could just drive the thing until I get around to repairing my old one. On the other hand, I don't really want to spend that much in a panic. The car is a 1997 Toyota Tercel. [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Aug 21, 2009 - 41 answers

Car won't start

Help Me find out what wrong with my car, or find a mechanic i can trust in Laguna Niguel, CA. [more inside]
posted by unsurmountable on Jul 6, 2009 - 9 answers

What is causing the whining sound in my car engine?

What is causing the whining sound in my car engine? [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Apr 27, 2009 - 12 answers

Oli Heater that uses Waste Engine Oil

What are the pros and cons of trying to switch heating systems from a traditional furnace to a waste oil heater that burns used gasoline engine oil, particularly for an automobile repair garage? [more inside]
posted by franklen on Feb 27, 2009 - 10 answers

OilFilter

Is too much oil in a car engine something to worry about? [more inside]
posted by ghost of a past number on Feb 11, 2009 - 6 answers

new car - which engine?

Buying a new car: Is it reasonable to spend 1500$ on a more powerful engine? [more inside]
posted by mitocan on Jan 31, 2009 - 33 answers

What repair fixes a misfiring 4-Runner?

Why does my uncle's 1998 V6 Toyota 4-Runner misfire at highway speeds? Last month we drove from Los Angeles to Tucson and back, and at what seemed to be random points while we were driving the engine would buck repeatedly. Once it started, it would continue at all speeds, with the engine running particularly rough at low/idle RPM. We took it in to 3 different Toyota dealerships along the way, and to it's home dealership once we got back. They were all happy to service the vehicle, but none were able to fix it and two insisted they couldn't find any problems with the vehicle. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Is the mechanic ripping me off?

What would you charge to diagnose a check engine light and replace the thermostat in a 2003 Toyota Highlander? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Dec 30, 2008 - 13 answers

What caused my engine to shut off?

What caused my engine to shut off? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Nov 24, 2008 - 10 answers

Do I really need to rebuild this engine?

I now have a car with a seized engine. If I can get the engine unseized, what are the potential consequences of not rebuilding it? [more inside]
posted by rossmik on Nov 10, 2008 - 12 answers

What do we do with our broken car?

What do I do with our broken car? (Long explanation) We have a 2001 S40 Turbo. Despite following the standard maintenance schedule and ensuring oil/water, etc is always good, it's been a pain in then neck since we bought it in 2003. I think I've put more into it for repairs than I paid for it. The last 18 months it's had a problem with the temp gauge spiking and then dropping down to normal. We've had it in a half a dozen times and each time the mechanics replace the themostat and the heat sensor. That fixes it for a while and then 3 months later, boom ... it happens again. No one has ever found the problem, until now. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Jul 30, 2008 - 13 answers

Ford's Law?

Is there a precursor to Moore's Law for internal combustion engines? If so, can you provide details, please?
posted by Exchequer on Apr 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Which spark plug wires?

I'm looking for a reasonably neutral comparison of various brands of spark plug wires (ignition wires). Specifically, I want to know if there are strong advantages over name brands vs Autozone's house brand (Duralast). [more inside]
posted by zippy on Mar 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Ford Explorer engine woes

CarFilter: identify this part from my car (highlighted in red) -- It started smoking on the way home, and I'm wondering how scared my wallet is feeling. [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Feb 27, 2008 - 15 answers

Buying an engine online

I am in need of a replacement engine for my 1995 Mazda MX5 (Mata). I have found one online, but I'm possibly being overly cautious.... [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Dec 24, 2007 - 7 answers

What is wrong with the MIGHTY MERCURY?

What is going on with my 1998 Mercury Sable? [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on Oct 5, 2007 - 8 answers

VW Golf wants to stall after A/C repair. Fixable?

After having the A/C compressor replaced in our VW Golf, the engine idle speed drops way down to near-stalling whenever the clutch is released while driving. It pops right back up, but it's a bit unnerving. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 8, 2007 - 9 answers

some don't like it hot

For about a week, I've noticed a "hot" smell coming from my engine. I don't know how to describe it except that it smells like an iron that has been left on. What is it? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Aug 21, 2007 - 13 answers

Start me up! Old Buick needs love.

BuickFilter: I have an '86 Buick Century 4-cylinder (it's the "Iron Duke" motor). Yes, I know, hot. I think I need a new starter. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Apr 2, 2007 - 8 answers

My car's get up and go, done gone up and went

What is causing my engine to cut out when I come to a stop? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans on Mar 21, 2007 - 16 answers

My Kia Optima Lost It's Mojo

I'm having car troubles and curious if this is a problem familiar to anyone: [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Mar 9, 2007 - 14 answers

Rats in the car!

Twice in 2 months rats have chewed the transmission cable in my girlfriend's car, how do we get them to stop! [more inside]
posted by zaphod on Mar 5, 2007 - 14 answers

Ttttrrrrrrrrrrrr

What's rattling under the hood of my car? [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Oct 20, 2006 - 6 answers

Should I pay $500 for to replace my engine?

Short story: I got a tune up including an oil change. That night, the car died, and now they say the engine needs to be replaced? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Sep 21, 2006 - 18 answers

Can you steer a runaway car with the engine turned off?

Runaway cars: After reading this recent story about a BMW that got stuck in gear with the accelerator jammed down, I don't understand why he didn't just turn the ignition off. Is it true that he'd have been left unable to steer? [more inside]
posted by chrismear on Mar 13, 2006 - 46 answers

Should I warm my car up before I drive?

What are the advantages (if any) of letting your car engine run idle to warm up before driving? [more inside]
posted by xoe26 on Jan 11, 2006 - 18 answers

Please help my wounded Civic.

I have a 1991 Honda Civic DX hatchback with ~125k miles on it. It runs like a champ, except when it doesn't start.... [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Sep 28, 2005 - 16 answers

Have you used a low cost ($20-$50) Cold Air Intake on your car?

Have you used a low cost ($20-$50) Cold Air Intake on your car? [more inside]
posted by skyguy14 on Jul 12, 2005 - 7 answers

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