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Does Honda dealer repair warranty reciprocity exist?

Before I go down to my local Honda dealer service shop, I am curious to know if a warranty on repairs made at Dealer X are ever honored at Dealer Y? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on Oct 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Somewhere to go, but how spiffed up should it be?

Is it worth making the investment of minor repairs on a 2011 Volvo XC90 AWD that's being traded in for a 2014 Mini Countryman S All4 when I already have a quoted range for the trade-in price from the Mini dealer? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Jul 8, 2014 - 5 answers

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

Preferred by whom?

Should we use the insurance preferred auto repair shop? [more inside]
posted by BundleOfHers on May 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Resources for family in financial distress?

After some ups and mostly downs, my family thought we were finally going to get out of the dismal living situation we've been enduring for 2 years I spoke about in this anon question, but then life decided to completely derail, and I don't know what to do. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Apr 21, 2014 - 36 answers

Fix the old car or get a new (to me) one?

My 1986 Toyota Celica ST has 156K miles, a broken timing belt, and a bunch of other issues. According to my mechanic, it has a non-interference engine, so there shouldn't be valve damage, but it is time to move on anyway? And if I get a new car, which one? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Apr 5, 2014 - 17 answers

Advice on seeking reimbursement from gas station for bad fuel?

Earlier this month, my 2007 Toyota Prius stalled right after a drive-through oil change (where you sit in your car while the work is done). I had it towed back to the oil place, and they checked and said no fluids were leaking and confirmed they'd used the right kind of oil. Then I had it towed to a Toyota body shop--it wouldn't go into neutral at that point, in case that's important--where the service dept. checked various things, drained the gasoline and refilled with new gas, then drove the car 10 miles with no problem. I have the receipt from the last place I bought gas (5 days before the oil change; a chain service station called Mapco Mart) and a receipt from the body shop saying the "fuel volatility [was] poor" which caused the stalling. I also have a receipt for the oil change showing what they did besides the change itself: they added windshield washer fluid and checked that brake lights, headlights, and wipers were working. Should I go to the gas station in person, or write to or call the company that owns it, or something else?
posted by homelystar on Mar 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Having some car trouble, could use some input

So my 2007 Honda Fit has been having these weird issues while at stop lights or stop signs and I can't figure out what's going on. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Feb 28, 2014 - 13 answers

1994 Toyota 4Runner with bad muffler/tailpipe – what to do?

My 1994 Toyota 4Runner (V6, RWD) has a bad muffler and/or tailpipe. It runs loud, but not undriveably loud. Today I took a good look under there for the first time since buying the truck (pictures within) and I would like some advice on the best and most cost-effective way to proceed. Bonus mystery switch question at end. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Wait... what?

I'm struggling to parse something that just happened between my car mechanic and I. What the hell happened? Is this a red flag? Am I being lied to or not told something, here? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Nov 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Someone randomly slashed one of my tires. Can I just replace the one?

I have already had installed and paid for one replacement tire, and just learned that replacing two is a fairly standard practice. Is that necessary and/or advisable? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Sep 1, 2013 - 11 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


I drive a 2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS. I don't know what happened but the muffler stopped working. Basically, my car started making more and more noise over a several weeks and I procrastinated taking it in, and then one day a couple of weeks ago it's like the muffler stopped working entirely. My car is now quite loud. My question is any idea what happened and how much it will cost to get it fixed?
posted by nooneyouknow on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Front passenger speaker and window switch broke but power lock didnt

The front passenger speaker and window control stopped working on my Ford Crown Victoria. The front passenger power lock switch is working fine. The window itself works normally and I can lower it from the driver side control panel. I had to take the whole dashboard apart earlier to replace a heater core so I unplugged a lot of wires. What did I miss when putting it back together? Where do I look?
posted by racecar on Mar 31, 2013 - 1 answer

How can I make $800 within the week?

My car broke down on me. Needs a new alternator, battery and wiring. It costs $800 to fix. How can I come up with the money? I have $0 to my name, 1 maxed out credit card, and no way to take out a payday loan because I just started a job 4 days ago after a lengthy unemployment. I can't borrow the money or bum rides from friends/family. I'm required to drive for my job and I'm in danger of losing it. I've also just started making new friends after years without them and now I can't drive to meet anyone anywhere. I'm worried my life is going to fall apart. I have one thing that I can sell for maybe $150. Are there ways to come up with the money I'm missing? I'm freaking out. Thank you.
posted by Pericardium on Jan 16, 2013 - 38 answers

Removing and replacing a car door seal

I have a 2002 Honda Civic and I want to remove the lower rubber seal on the front passenger door. Is there a way to do this without damaging it? [more inside]
posted by Estragon on Jan 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Subaru shakes

What could be causing the sudden steering wheel vibration/shake and sudden pulling to the right with my 96' AWD Subaru Legacy? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Dec 29, 2012 - 16 answers

I don't think duct tape is going to cut it this time.

After a theft, how much DIY car repair is too much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Where should I get my car's brakes checked?

I need my car's brakes looked at. Where should I have this done, and should I expect to pay for it? How much? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 20, 2012 - 15 answers

How to at least break even on my broken car?

How do I sell a non-working car and potentially purchase another as economically as possible? [more inside]
posted by JackT on Aug 29, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I learn how to work on my new 30-year-old VW Rabbit (Diesel)?

Best shop manuals and online forums for vintage VW Diesel Rabbit owners? [more inside]
posted by seasparrow on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 answers

How much will fixing my car cost? Is it safe to drive?

My relative backed into my '09 Civic in the driveway. The front emblem and fender are bent; it appears that the radiator is bent as well. The car starts without problems. What am I looking at? Should I drive it into the shop, or have it towed? Relative doesn't have the wherewithal to fix this; should I make a claim against my own insurance?
posted by sonic meat machine on Aug 14, 2012 - 22 answers

I'd like to show you where I'm going with this...

The turn signals on my 2003 Volvo S60 only work once the car is fully warm. In addition, they then often work on the outside of the car without lighting the indicators on the dash. I really dislike not being able to signal in traffic and need this fixed. [more inside]
posted by vers on Aug 12, 2012 - 4 answers


I have a car with a tape deck and a CD player. I want to play my iDevice on it. I am thinking about going to a mechanic and having them install a radio with that component in it, or just adding a line out to plug into my device. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jul 10, 2012 - 21 answers

Cars Behaving Badly

What's wrong with my car? I have a 1996 Ford Explorer and I think I may have killed it last night. After a long hot drive back from the beach in traffic with a little kayak on the roof (relevant in case I overheated something maybe), I stopped to drop off friends at their apt., and when I went to restart it it made a funny choppy noise. I tried to turn it off but it wouldn't turn off completely, even after fully removing the key from the ignition. Smokey details inside... [more inside]
posted by newpotato on Jun 21, 2012 - 16 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

help me be a better car owner

I am a first time car owner, and I realized recently that I am not taking proper care of my car, nor do I know how to take proper care of my car. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Nov 7, 2011 - 20 answers

How screwed am I?

How much am I about to pay a body shop? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Oct 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me be less ignorant about cars.

I would like to not feel panicky when things go wrong with my car. Where can I learn the basics of how cars work and how to troubleshoot them? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Aug 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Why would the A/C make my car accelerate rough?

Why does my car's air conditioner cause it to hesitate when accelerating? [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law on Jul 30, 2011 - 9 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

Junk or repair 2008 high milage subaru with transmission failure?

My 2008 Subaru impreza's transmission needs to be replaced for $4-4.5K. The car has 107K miles on it, I communute 144 mi 5 days/week, and I got the timing belt and all breaks replaced two weeks ago. Should I junk the car or repair it? What other repairs can I expect in the next 100K miles? [more inside]
posted by gwen1234 on May 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Is there any way to around costly repairs?

Options for a failed PA state inspection? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Mar 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Catalytic Converter went in my 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid.

Car Repair Filter: My 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid has 150,000 miles and the check engine light is on. Dealer is telling me I need a new catalytic converter. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Jan 14, 2011 - 20 answers

It costs HOW much when it was repaired under recall?

Should I try to negotiate this car repair bill? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by vers on Dec 31, 2010 - 14 answers

Bodywork in Atlanta

Can you recommend a good auto body shop in or around Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Sep 15, 2010 - 4 answers

You built a time machine... out of a '74 SAAB wagon?!

I'm considering going back to the good old days, when cars were simple and could be easily repaired by a competent home mechanic with basic tools. Problem is, I'm a SAAB junkie and the particular older car I'm considering (the 1970's era 95 wagon with the V4 Ford engine) is rare & quirky. Am I crazy to be considering a rare Swedish antique for basic transportation? Do I have the right idea but the wrong car? Help me, MeFi greasemonkeys! [more inside]
posted by richyoung on Sep 4, 2010 - 20 answers

Buying and selling used cars for profit in California?

Buying and selling used cars for profit in California? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Jul 28, 2010 - 18 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

What do I need to do before driving this car?

What do I need to do before driving this car? A car (2000 Toyota Corolla, previously in good shape) sat outside (in Maryland), unused, for two years. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jun 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Why does the engine 'skip' when I'm breaking at a red light?

My car 'skips' when I'm stopped at red lights. Please help me try to diagnose what's ailing my sad, old car. YANAM/YANMM. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Feb 8, 2010 - 19 answers

1983 Honda Emmisions Help

Failed the air system inspection for Arizona emissions. What does that mean? [more inside]
posted by nestor_makhno on Oct 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Can this little engine still do it?

My 1998 Mazda Protege is making a new noise, and I'm wondering what it might be and if it's a bad idea if I keep driving her. [more inside]
posted by gladly on Sep 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me start my jeep

Help me start my car engine. Or at least understand why it won't start. [more inside]
posted by ook on Jul 17, 2009 - 31 answers

Where can I donate a car to be used for auto repair training?

I'm looking for a charity that will take a non-operational car, use it to train people in auto repair by fixing it, then sell it or give it to someone that needs a car. This is in the SF bay area. [more inside]
posted by EatenByAGrue on Jul 14, 2009 - 3 answers

What screw do I use, and where do I get it?

While changing the lightbulb in the front turn signal on my car (a 2003 BMW 330i), I managed to lose the screw that connects the turn signal assembly to the car. What kind of screw can I get to replace it? [more inside]
posted by Zonker on Jul 4, 2009 - 12 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

I wanna be a mechanical vagrant!

I love renting a house in urban Atlanta! I hate renting a house in urban Atlanta! Can anyone help me find a place to fix my car... myself? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Apr 21, 2009 - 4 answers

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