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What should I keep in my truck's toolbox?

So I have an old truck. I'd like to hear your suggestions for tools, spare parts, fluids, etc that I should keep on hand in the truck either in case something goes wrong or in case I find myself having to do something tool-related while I'm out of the house. Hit me with your best suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 5, 2013 - 20 answers

Fix it or Sell it

Over the past month or two my car has started exhibiting several problems, and I'm trying to figure out if it's worth the expense and hassle of repairing it or start looking for a new car. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Sep 24, 2013 - 21 answers

What can I expect in owning a used Prius?

In an insanely generous offer, my husband's parents are planning to give us their used Toyota Prius sometime next month. My understanding is that they plan to get a new car, don't really need the money from selling it, and are concerned that our current car is getting to be unreliable and thought we might like their old Prius when they replace it with something else. My father-in-law recently had it appraised and says it's worth $11,000. It has 125,000 miles on it. It's silver. That's all I know about it, but they're the type of people who pay very careful attention to maintenance schedules, drive their vehicles gently, and do all the recommended and required repairs and maintenance at the dealership, so it's probably in very good condition. [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Apr 12, 2013 - 21 answers

What brand of engine air filter should I use?

What brand of engine air filter should I use? [more inside]
posted by millions on Mar 31, 2011 - 9 answers

Amazingsitetokeeptrackofvehiclemaintenance.com?

Are there any really slick sites for entering and keeping track of vehicle repairs and maintenance? [more inside]
posted by Capa on Oct 8, 2010 - 5 answers

My car stinks and I can't blame it on other cars forever.

Should I bother fixing my catalytic converter? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Nov 17, 2009 - 10 answers

How do I get the "road fallout" off my car?

How do I get that black, tarry gunk off my vehicle? You know the stuff, splattering off a recently patched roadway and turning to stone on your fender. Should I scrape it off? Or is there some magical goop that will help dissolve it?
posted by jackypaper on Apr 8, 2009 - 18 answers

I could fix it myself, but I'd really rather not.

VW "Customer Care" isn't exactly screwing me, but they're not doing me any favors, either. What should I do next? The part was poorly designed and faulty, but I didn't get my car to the dealership until two weeks after the expiration of a warranty extension I never knew about. Full story follows: [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Nov 3, 2008 - 9 answers

How often should I get my car maintained, if I don't drive much?

Should I believe the 6 months = 7500 miles rule in my car's maintenance schedule, or is miles actually the important number? [more inside]
posted by JZig on Apr 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Chevrolet Tracker Spark Plugs

Changing sparkplugs: I have a 2003 Chevrolet Tracker, with an unusual ignition coil setup, and I want to learn how to remove the coils and access my plugs. (Pictures inside) [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 25, 2008 - 5 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

1991 Jeep Cherokee Trembling

My 1991 Jeep Cherokee automatic seems to be "trembling" while it idles. The shaking decreases once it's moving, but persists- albeit in a much reduced state. On top of that, the engine just sounds like it's working harder than it used to. Help! [more inside]
posted by Waffle_King on Feb 21, 2007 - 7 answers

How can I avoid getting a car wash every week?

NewCarFilter: What colors are easiest to keep clean? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems on Oct 5, 2006 - 26 answers

keeping my car's feet in good condition

What are some good wheel and alignment shops in or around Montclair, NJ? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Nov 30, 2005 - 6 answers

Old car with low miles = dry rot or not?

I just inherited a 1998 Mountaineer that has only 20,000 miles. It's never been tuned up and still has the original tires. I'm pretty sure the spark plugs are fouled because it's never been driven at highway speeds. Everything appears to be in great shape. What kind of problems can I expect from this car? [more inside]
posted by Slap Incognito on Nov 28, 2005 - 7 answers

What is the best grease to lube my chassis?

What is the best grease to lube my truck chassis? [more inside]
posted by FakeOutdoorsman on Aug 6, 2005 - 3 answers

How long will the mechanics of a 2002 Imapala LS (3800 V6) last?

How long will the mechanics of a 2002 Imapala LS (3800 V6) last, considering normal upkeep such as oil, sensors, filter, etc? Who knows anything about the 3800 series motor?
posted by Keyser Soze on Jan 14, 2004 - 6 answers

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