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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

My poor old car wants to be pretty again.

Is this a car body repair job for professionals, or does it seem like I could handle it myself? [more inside]
posted by lbo on Jan 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Blinker stopped working on my 2000 Dodge Neon

My blinker on my 2000 Dodge Neon has been working only intermittently. Could this be a fuse issue, or would it not be working at all? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Dec 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Junk it or Fix it?

DeadVanFilter: I know you are not my mechanic but... 97 Ford Aerostar, parked in my driveway for three Chicago years. The google-fu tells me the basics (new gas/oil etc), but I am just wondering if anyone in the hive has experience with such things. [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Nov 18, 2008 - 10 answers

I totaled my car; now what?

I totaled my car. What should I do? Should I keep the car? [more inside]
posted by nel on Nov 12, 2008 - 6 answers

Getting rid of a dead car from far away.

My car died far from home. What's the best way to get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on Nov 6, 2008 - 12 answers

CarRepairFilter: Can I fix a broken trunk indicator light myself or does this have to go to a mechanic?

CarRepairFilter: Can I fix a broken trunk indicator light myself or does this have to go to a mechanic? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek on Sep 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Recommended auto mechanic near Arlington, MA

Do you have a mechanic to recommend near Arlington, MA? My beloved old Volvo has a bunch of little issues that need addressing. I'm in Arlington Heights, but I will go a bit out of my way if anyone has someone reliable, reasonable and fairly timely to recommend.
posted by Mayor Curley on Jul 13, 2008 - 6 answers

My Jetta fails me.

Where does one take a sick and ailing 98 Jetta in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on May 30, 2008 - 3 answers

I can has 1st geer? Corolla transmission only downshifting to 2nd gear!

My '93 Corolla (AT) isn't shifting into 1st gear. What's the likelyhood that this is a simple or very expensive repair? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on May 20, 2008 - 7 answers

Car on fire: plausible?

Plausibility-filter: Recently my car engine wouldn’t stop running, and eventually caught fire. Damage was pretty minimal, but how it started is a bit of a mystery. Does this sound plausible? Backstory (long) and the mechanic's explanation below: [more inside]
posted by robotot on Dec 18, 2007 - 16 answers

vroom vroom!

CarMaintenanceFilter: Do I really need new spark plugs and a fuel-injector cleaning when I just got them done? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Dec 12, 2007 - 12 answers

What's wrong with my car's clutch?

Standard-transmission-filter: the point of engagement of the clutch (in my mid-90s Acura Integra, if it matters) has suddenly moved, and I now have to push the clutch pedal almost to the floor in order to get the transmission to disengage. What's going on, and how much is it likely to cost to repair? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Dec 2, 2007 - 18 answers

What's up with this Volvo 940 Turbo?

I'm trying to decide whether to buy a 1991 Volvo 940 Turbo. But I need to know, what's the likely cause of play front end "play"? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Nov 19, 2007 - 12 answers

Worry about my car tail lights or not?

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]
posted by mygothlaundry on Sep 13, 2007 - 12 answers

Timing belt in 2003 Hyundai Accent

car question: timing belt replacement on Hyundai 2003 Accent at 60k? [more inside]
posted by advil on Sep 5, 2007 - 13 answers

What's wrong with my car?

2004 Chevy Blazer 4x4 4dr - Sometimes, not always, for the last couple of months when I accelerate my RPMs go up (the engine gets pretty loud but I do not redline) but my car seems to not accelerate very much – Which really sucks on a right on red. It eventually will get up to speed. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Aug 30, 2007 - 15 answers

A lemon with leather seats and all-wheel drive...

What is the best way to unload a lemon-ized car? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Dec 1, 2006 - 17 answers

Diagnose My Ride

Why is my Mazda losing power? [more inside]
posted by hippugeek on Nov 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Take you ridin' in the car car

Hollywood, FL Car Repair Filter: help us maintain our 2000 Isuzu Rodeo and our 2001 Honda Accord. It's time for a tune-up. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Oct 9, 2006 - 5 answers

Brakelights Broke?

1994 Altima - Brake lights always on? What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by MarkLark on Sep 6, 2006 - 7 answers

Are my rotors *really* damaged?

Our front brakes were making a grinding noise. The shop (which was recommended by neighbors, fwiw) said our rotors were damaged by excessively hard brake pads, and replaced the rotors. They suggested we get the pads changed too. It is making the grinding sound again. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Jul 18, 2006 - 14 answers

Fix it or junk it?

At what point is a car not worth repairing? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Apr 11, 2006 - 42 answers

Is there a mechanic in the house?

I drove for about nine months on a bad oxygen sensor. Will my car suffer any long-term ill effects? [more inside]
posted by donpedro on Oct 8, 2005 - 12 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

What is a good auto repair shop in Chicago?

I need a reliable car transmission repair place in Chicago, south side if possible (but reliability trumps location). I've had terrible luck with mechanics here so far. Any recommendations?
posted by goatdog on Jan 4, 2005 - 2 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

Is this gas tank leak dangerous?

Gas tank leak. I drive a 96 Honda Accord with about 100K miles on it. I've been noticing a gas smell in my car for the past 200 miles or so, more noticable when I fill-up though I assumed it was because I got gas all over me. How immediately dangerous is this? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Apr 22, 2004 - 7 answers

1980 Toyota Controller

I've been working on this 1980 Toyota Corolla to use for the summer, and im realizing its really easy to work on old ass cars. Here is the biggest problem:
Exhaust leak is happening in what sounds to me like the connection between the exahust heads and the tailpipe. I don't know for sure, but I don't think there is a crack in it. I would like to replace this myself, assuming its only a gasket. This car is 24 years old and I am worried about popping off those nuts. What should I do to make sure I don't break the bolts off removing the exhaust pipe? I am talking NO money. I don't even know how I am going to buy the gasket for this. [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze on Apr 13, 2004 - 12 answers

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