Join 3,430 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)

37 posts tagged with cars and automotive. (View popular tags)
Displaying 1 through 37 of 37. Subscribe:

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

Do cars really go 10,000 miles between oil changes these days?

We bought our first new car of the millennium back in March, and it came with free oil changes for life. Since it hit 5000 miles this week, my wife stopped by the dealership for an oil change / tire rotation. They are telling her that the car (2011 Corolla) only needs an oil change every 10,000 miles because they are using synthetic oil. I religiously change the oil in my cars every 5000 miles, and the idea of going 10,000 miles makes me nervous. Should it make me nervous?
posted by COD on May 23, 2012 - 27 answers

How were car emblems designed?

My focus is mainly on the chrome badges that labeled models of the 1940sā€“ā€™70s, as celebrated at Chromeography. Who was generally responsible for designing the emblem? Were they from inside the car company? Did they have lettering experience or were they more often car designers who were handed the job because there was no one better available? Has the situation changed much since then? [more inside]
posted by Typographica on May 23, 2012 - 1 answer

Wheels on the box go round and round

What do I need to know to buy all-new wheels for my 2006 Scion xB? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Feb 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Collection of questions concerning creatively capturing cars with a camera?

I am a novice photographer who would like to improve my skills at photographing vintage cars primarily outdoors in natural light. I am looking to replace my old Nikon D50 and 18-55mm lens with a Nikon D3300. What would be the must-have lenses, filters and accessories for my task? Also best camera settings? Also interested in tricks for getting compelling images. Close up? High angle? Low angle? Just experiment? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Jan 24, 2012 - 17 answers

What does 4WD feel like

What does four-wheel drive "feel" like? How would I know that it's on and operational? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jan 15, 2012 - 20 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

Well it's not the oil level (check engine light question)

First my check engine light went on. After checking the oil I saw it was getting low, refilled it. I took it to jiffy lube cause it was time for all that. Then, a few days later, the light came on again. I'm going to take it to a repair shop, but I want to know what to expect. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Feb 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Car lover visiting Los Angeles; is there an automotive mecca I should see while I'm here?

I love cars, particularly European classics, but modern and US cars too (though not the Japanese tuning scene). I'm in Los Angeles until January 22nd; is there an event or place that is a 'must see' while I'm here?
posted by wildatheart on Jan 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Contemplating on switching my comp sci major to something specifically related to the automotive industry...

Switching from comp sci to automotive. Is it worth it? Also, work ethics and discipline dilemmas are abound. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Oct 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Cleaning the EGR port

How should I clean my EGR port? The check engine code says "inadequate flow through the EGR valve." [more inside]
posted by noonknight on Sep 9, 2010 - 3 answers

Something missing below headlight on 1999 Toyota Avalon

I have a 1999 Toyota Avalon. I noticed the small plastic grille below my left headlight missing and there's a dangling plug inside. I can't figure out what used to be in there. The car still runs fine. Inside the passenger-side grille is a grey plastic box, probably connected to a similar plug.
posted by boognish on Jun 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Nice cars just aren't in the cards

What stuff can I add to a crappy car to make driving more enjoyable? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Apr 18, 2010 - 21 answers

name that car

Can you identify this vehicle for me? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Car dealer changing terms of deal after purchase?

A few days ago, I traded in two cars at a Toyota dealership. I signed contracts detailing trade-in, down payments, and monthly payments. Today, the dealership called and said that Toyota Financial wants a bigger down payment, and to remedy the situation, they will issue me a credit card for XX dollars, but my monthly payments will be reduced by XX dollars, so in the end I will be paying the same amount. Is this a scam? Or is the dealer just trying to maximize their profit? Is this a common practice? Can the dealer nullify the contracts and force me to return these cars? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
posted by redbed on Feb 4, 2010 - 27 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

Junk in my Trunk

I want to make my car into a truck. Do I just buy a blow torch, superglue and bubble wrap? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Dec 10, 2009 - 19 answers

Buying Used Without No Clues

I'm generally freaking out about buying a car (used, my first) and have a short laundry list of very general questions. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 28, 2009 - 19 answers

Best way to repair broken car seat frame?

Currently in my 2005 Chevy Malibu the driver seat frame is cracked. Underneath the seat I can see a metal bar going across (not IN the seat but under) and it has a huge crack/hole and the other piece is hanging off. This causes my seat to tilt back some and rock. I know eventually when that breaks completely my seat will forever tilt back. Is there a way I can fix this by DIY? [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 on May 6, 2009 - 7 answers

How does starting a car engine cause wear?

If one car engine makes 3 revolutions on the starter engine before it runs, and (the same spec) other car engine takes 10, does the starting time cause one engine to sustain more wear than the other? [more inside]
posted by wildatheart on Feb 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Pre-gapped sparkplugs

Is there any difference in performance between pre-gapped sparkplugs (such as these) and ones that you have to gap yourself? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Need a Car, High MPG, low cost

What is the best low maintenance, high gas mileage, low cost car I can buy (new or used) on a limited budget. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Dec 12, 2007 - 23 answers

How do I prove that an odometer has not been altered?

How do I prove that an odometer has not been tampered with? [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on Oct 17, 2007 - 14 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

Sorta-Kinda Fast and the Furious Filter: Ideas for tuning my 2001 Toyota Camry XLE?

Sorta-Kinda Fast and the Furious Filter: Ideas for tuning my 2001 Toyota Camry XLE? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 31, 2007 - 17 answers

Does a truck work extra to pull a drafting car?

Does drafting a truck theoretically lower the truck's mileage? [more inside]
posted by condour75 on Mar 10, 2007 - 19 answers

I spilled a bunch of gas in my car.

I spilled a bunch of gas in my car. The smell--apparently--does not dissipate even with the windows rolled down. Any ideas?
posted by mwachs on Jan 29, 2007 - 7 answers

Bing-bing-bing. "YOUR. CAR. IS. F**KED." Bing-bing-bing.

Can I drive my car to the shop if the oil warning light has come on? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet on Jan 22, 2007 - 33 answers

Is My Car Dying?

Car makes an Odd Sound [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jan 18, 2007 - 12 answers

Saturn '98 SC2 idling problem after highway driving

Why does my '98 Saturn SC1 have odd idling problems after more than an hour of highway driving (i.e. it sometimes revs high, sometimes it drops to nothing and stalls)? [more inside]
posted by Java_Man on Dec 13, 2006 - 8 answers

Driving off the fat of the land.

Biodiesel or hybrid? I need a new car, and of course there's [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Nov 1, 2006 - 19 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

Should I sell my car to a junkyard?

Do I want to sell my car to a salvage yard? If so, how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Aug 10, 2005 - 13 answers

smoke on the camry

After my friend put 5030 oil into his 1990 Toyota Camry Wagon, it began belching white smoke and the engine's overheating. What's going on, what can be done and how serious is this? He fears he destroyed his car through bad oil choices.
posted by johngoren on Jul 23, 2005 - 14 answers

Solid rear axle on a Mustang.

The new Ford Mustang, just like the last one, "features" a solid rear axle. Ford (and her enthusiasts) claim that such a design is for "performance reasons." Is this plausible? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar on May 16, 2005 - 12 answers

Necessities for a car

What are the necessities for a person to have in their car? [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Apr 1, 2005 - 46 answers

Battery Charge

Automotive question:
The battery doesn't charge and we subsequently have to manually recharge it at the garage, hopefully before it conks out on us on the road. Driving at night poses problems, since the lights obviously draw off of the battery - it's a heavy drain, trust me. Here's the question: we know it's not the battery (two brand new batteries, same problem), the alternator is showing good numbers (apparently meaning that it's charging, I'm told), all belts are running properly and are tight, the mechanics found no loose connections; what could be the problem?
posted by ashbury on Feb 25, 2004 - 14 answers

Page: 1