I want to do minor maintenance on my cars (oil changes, brake checks, and so on), but I don't have a garage to do it in or a concrete driveway. All I have is a gravel / dirt driveway to work on. I would like to jack up my cars (and put them on jack stands), but I'm not comfortable at all doing it on this kind of surface. How can I do this without putting myself in harms way? [more inside]
Are there any schools that have something like a week-long auto repair course? Preferably BMW-focused, and preferably in the DC Metro area, but even without those two, would still be useful. [more inside]
All the Toyota dealers in my region (Quebec/Canada) have a no haggling policy. The salesman just gives you the price from their webside and that's it. Anyone managed to get them to lower their price? Are they more flexible by the end of the month?
ManhattanParkingFilter: I am moving up to Manhattan and I need a garage to keep my car for at least a couple of months, while I decide what to do with it. [more inside]
How much do a body shops typically charge for repairng small dents on cars? [more inside]
Teach me the best way to drive to save my brakes [more inside]
How can I avoid an insurance company writing off my car? [more inside]
I'm doing a road rallye in New England next weekend, and my team is turning my '85 Saab 900 hatchback into a giant lobster. I will be putting 4-foot long claws onto the front of it, and actuators inside will actually make the claws move. So, there will be a metal frame/skeleton at the heart of it, but I want to encase that in realistic looking giant lobster claws. What material will look good, be cheap, and hold up for a day on the road? [more inside]
how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive? [more inside]
How do I teach my wife to operate a manual transmission? [more inside]
iPhone car kit that does hands free calls, and plays my music, who's got it?
UsedCarFilter: Is buying used from a rental car company, specifically Enterprise, a good idea? First hand experiences appreciated. [more inside]
What is the best way to make a car-mounted camera system, a la Brett Darrow? [more inside]
Should I worry about my car tail lights or not? I have a 98 Saturn station wagon (150K+ miles, I've owned it all this time) and today when I took it in for inspection, they told me the brake lights - in fact, all the tail lights - weren't working. Then, 30 seconds later, they worked fine. [more inside]
I just had this unfortunate incident where I was cleaning up from a meeting and someone placed the open quart of half&half in a bag which tipped over in the trunk of a new Prius (which is, of course, rented). I've been soaking it up with towels, lots of water (being careful to avoid the batteries) and even used some "Nature's Miracle" odor remover. What's the best way to continue cleaning up this mess and hopefully be able to preempt any negative effects (i.e. horrible smell).
Aside from the problem of retraining people to use the new system, and the problems inherent in any drive-by-wire system, is there anything stopping us from using Playstation and Xbox controllers to drive cars? [more inside]
Roughly, how much should it cost to rebuild a manual 5-speed transmission and replace the clutch in a 1999 Saturn SC2? The car has 104,000 miles on it, and is in Los Angeles, CA if that matters at all.
The unmarked black cars cars: why is their existence a secret? [more inside]
Inherited car problems, fun for the whole family? [more inside]
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]
Is it a good idea to buy a salvaged car? [more inside]
EthicsFilter. My teenager with a learner's permit backed into a parked car (whilst practicing driving with me in the front passenger seat screaming "no, no, no!"). I left a note with my phone number, asked a passerby whether they knew who owned the car (they did not), and called my insurance company to make a claim. But the owners haven't called and it's been a week -- now what? [more inside]
AutoFilter: How to remove rust from on *top* of paint? [more inside]
car question: timing belt replacement on Hyundai 2003 Accent at 60k? [more inside]
What's the fastest way to transfer money from a British bank account into an American (Honda car dealer's) account? [more inside]
When to drive our new car up a long distance and up a mountain... (more inside!) [more inside]
Help me figure out a clever or funny thing to do in place of the missing "X" on the back of my Maxima. [more inside]
After jump-starting a dead car battery, how far can I expect to be able to drive it? [more inside]
Today I washed my car at one of those touch less car washes that you just drop money into and drive in. This particular one was a Laserwash There was a maintenance man in one of the bays with a company truck. I watched him point a remote control at the exit of the wash and initiate a car wash two different times for testing purposes, I assume. My question is, if I had the code and it was an IR remote is it possible to program a universal remote to send that code and activate the carwash in the same manner? Searching Google for Laserwash codes didn't help me much.
First car with automatic climate control. How does it work? [more inside]
I just bought a new 07 Accord and I want to clean and wax the car myself. In the past I have done the automatic car was thing. What type of wax? Should I buy a buffer? How often do I need to do this? [more inside]
Car accident while driving for work, any chance of getting my deductible paid back? [more inside]
Which used car to buy: Infiniti I30 or Mazda 626? [more inside]
Help a non-American pick a car for use in the US... [more inside]
Please help -- How do you buy a new car in California for cash? Dealer has agreed to a cash deal, but at 11th hour, insists on signing a loan agreement?!? Help my cuz get this guy to close a cash deal. [more inside]
I got into an accident with a ZipCar this week. How worried should I be about paying the hefty deductible. Experiences, advice sought...
Is my car's air conditioner releasing deadly fumes or something? [more inside]
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]
Could the speedometer built into my car be less accurate than the speed assessed by my GPS satellite navigation? [more inside]
Help me with my car! [more inside]
Buying a used car from a dealer who bought it at an auction - and he doesn't have the title. [more inside]
Car Insurance + Home Owners Insurance = Saving $$ ? [more inside]
What was that incredible, small, reverse three wheeled racecar that blew past me on the NJ Turnpike this morning?
What was that incredible, small, reverse three wheeled racecar that blew past me on the NJ Turnpike this morning? [more inside]
Help this 1993 Ford Probe start! [more inside]
How can I remove the residue of a soda explosion from the interior of my car's seat belt? [more inside]
I am thinking of buying a Honda Fit, and I'm afraid I'm making a mistake. [more inside]
Where can I rent a Mini Cooper in Vancouver BC? [more inside]
i'm exporting my car from california to canada... do i have to register it first? [more inside]
I need to find a reliable auto repair shop in Tempe/Phoenix AZ for some brake work. [more inside]
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.