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Running on Empty

Running out of fuel: does it really harm a diesel engine?
posted by chuckdarwin on May 25, 2007 - 9 answers

Life span of auto parts

What is the REAL life span of auto spare parts compared to what the manufacturer or the auto mechanic tells you? Is there some sort of graph showing risk of failure of parts versus time out there? Specifically I am interested in Peugeot cambelt life spans. How dead am I if it fails? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on May 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Looking for a dpreview for cars

Any dpreview/tomhardware alike for cars ? I am looking for a practical equivalent of what dpreview is to digital photography , but for cars. I care about accurate date (weight, dimensione, inside, outside, output in Kw, couple and whatnot) and not for "the interior is upscale outstanding" bullshat. Would be outstanding if focused on european market.
posted by elpapacito on May 23, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me calculate if it's a good financial decision to buy a new car considering today's gas prices?

Help me calculate if it's a good financial decision to buy a new car considering today's gas prices? [more inside]
posted by ceberon on May 22, 2007 - 18 answers

How to get the most mpg out of a 5-speed?

How do you drive a 5-speed for better gas mileage? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on May 20, 2007 - 30 answers

I'd sort of like to be a mechanic

I've always liked cars, but I'd really like to learn how to repair them and get some hands-on experience, if possible. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Oobidaius on May 15, 2007 - 26 answers

What Do Seniors Need To Consider When Buying a Vehicle?

My parents are seniors who, assuming their good health continues, will be able to drive for another 10 years or so. They're about to buy what will presumably be their last vehicle. In addition to the standard points to consider when choosing it, are there any factors associated with aging for them to keep in mind as they’re shopping? [more inside]
posted by Amy NM on May 12, 2007 - 30 answers

Third time at the auto inspection station has gotta be the charm

So the DC DMV is having a real go with me. I'll spare you the saga so far, but let's just say that after two trips to the inspection station and two separate mechanics, now I'm told that my "On Board Diagnostics" monitor needs to be reset. [more inside]
posted by greggish on May 9, 2007 - 23 answers

Can you explain engine oil weights?

Can someone explain the importance or relevance of different weight engine oil? How much and why should your local climate affect your oil choice? [more inside]
posted by mdion on May 7, 2007 - 9 answers

How do I get my neighbor to pay for the damage he caused to my car?

My neighbor backed into my car, admitted it, and now refuses to pay. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by toomuch on May 1, 2007 - 45 answers

Another odd vehicle in Queens

About a month ago I happened to be outside my house in Queens at about midnight. I saw what looked like a cop car with license plate reading cameras drive by. Anyone have more info? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on May 1, 2007 - 7 answers

Is there any benefit to turning off my car's overdrive?

I recently bought a car with a button that allows me to turn the transmission's overdrive on & off. I've read that overdrive only kicks in to provides fuel economy when travelling at highway speeds. Is there ever a reason to turn it off? [more inside]
posted by Tasanova on Apr 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Does gasoline burn at different rates in my car's gastank?

In three cars I've driven, I get about 300 miles per tank of gas. But with all three cars, I can get up to 200 miles by the time I hit 1/2 tank. But invariably, by the time I near the 300 mile mark, I'm on E. Am I nuts or do gas seem to burn faster in the lower 1/2 of my tank? Is this mental or by design? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Apr 7, 2007 - 22 answers

Making the old Beatle new again?

Volkswagen, BMW, and now Fiat have all recently bought out "remakes" of some of their classic cars (Beatles, Morris Minis and Fiat 500s). All of these cars do nothing more than pay homage to the original, stealing some aesthetic design features, while creating an entirely new car. But how much would it cost, now, to manufature a Volkeswagen Beatle the way they were made in 1969? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Apr 4, 2007 - 23 answers

Failure to stop and render aid

Do I have to stop and render aid when witnessing an accident? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Apr 2, 2007 - 16 answers

Where are you my delta...

Lancia Deltas are great cars - why are there none/next to none in the US? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade on Mar 20, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me install front door speakers on my Accord.

How do I install these speakers on the front doors of my 1999 Honda Accord? Should I even try to do it myself? [more inside]
posted by lou on Mar 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Why do dogs stick their heads out of moving cars windows?

Why do dogs stick their heads out of moving cars windows?
posted by econous on Mar 15, 2007 - 33 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

Should I go easy on potholes or speed right over them?

[Dynamics Filter] Is it less damaging to the wheels to hit a pothole at higher or lower speeds? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann on Mar 6, 2007 - 19 answers

I think I killed my car.

CarOilFilter: Oh, dear lord. I put oil in my car tonight, and thought everything was fine until ... [more inside]
posted by brina on Mar 3, 2007 - 20 answers

Does showing wealth turn off potential clients?

Does showing wealth turn off potential clients? [more inside]
posted by JJ Jenkins on Feb 28, 2007 - 28 answers

Ripped off at the E85 pump

"My first experience purchasing an alternative fuel (E85)", or "How can I get my $20ish back?" or, "why is this such a pain in the ass?" [more inside]
posted by bradn on Feb 27, 2007 - 17 answers

96 Jeep intrument panel mod?

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Mod: Is it possible, where are resources for, modifying/updating the instrument panel cluster? [more inside]
posted by Kensational on Feb 24, 2007 - 2 answers

Magic movie communist Volvos?

Asking for friend: Watching The Lives of Others, a movie taking place in East Germany during the Cold War, I noticed that a limousine in the movie was a Volvo. I have also noticed that other movies set in the Eastern Bloc show cars made by Western nations. Is this an oversight by the movie makers, or were these cars actually available at these times?
posted by dreamyshade on Feb 21, 2007 - 4 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

Help me find a clear frequency for my Ipod.

I hook my Ipod to my car stereo using an FM transmitter. Before setting out I'd like to choose a frequency that's not going to compete with local radio stations en-route. Is there a simple list of frequencies likely to be safe from interference? Alternatively has anybody done yet built some kind mash-up website that would give me a frequency for a given journey? I am in the UK but would be interested if this has been done anywhere. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Feb 20, 2007 - 19 answers

What to do with my car for the next 2 years?

What should I do with a car I won't be using for the next 2 years? [more inside]
posted by liberalintellect on Feb 19, 2007 - 26 answers

Games for a McQueen themed birthday party?

My nephew will be turning six and is having a Lightning McQueen themed party. What are some good games we could play? [more inside]
posted by KathyK on Feb 16, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me find my dream car

Help me find and buy my dream car. [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Feb 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Any OBD-II software for OS-X?

Can anyone help me find some OBD-II software for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Feb 1, 2007 - 4 answers

How can i fix the Dashboard on my Jeep Wrangler?

Does anyone know how, where, how much anythign about replacing the dashboard of a 1998 Tj Jeep Wrangler? [more inside]
posted by Justin Ryan on Jan 29, 2007 - 5 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

Tune up disaster

Spark plug wire popped off while driving and now it looks like that cylinder isn't firing. How much trouble am I in? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce on Jan 26, 2007 - 10 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 dealer violating federal law?

Do car repairs done at a non-authorized facility void the warranty? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot on Jan 22, 2007 - 12 answers

battery damage

How much will Battery fluid damage the interior of a car? [more inside]
posted by jmugrapler on Jan 19, 2007 - 8 answers

Is My Car Dying?

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

How to get an iPod to work in my car?

I'd like to buy another iPod, but only if I could get it work with my '99 VW Beetle. Has anyone had any experience fitting the iPod into a car that has no auxillary stereo option? [more inside]
posted by dearest on Jan 8, 2007 - 17 answers

Can a geek girl buy her own car without getting screwed?

Buying my first car as a female engineer -- do I need a male buddy to go with me? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Dec 29, 2006 - 41 answers

mileage vs. age in used cars

All other things being equal, do I pick the older car with lower mileage or the later model with high mileage? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Dec 28, 2006 - 18 answers

getting the writing off my windshield

Whats the quickest easiest way to get the serial number markings off the windshield of my recently towed car? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Dec 26, 2006 - 11 answers

Do I give my grandchild a car?

Do I give my second car to a grandchild? [more inside]
posted by JayRwv on Dec 26, 2006 - 34 answers

Awesome ipod -> car connector cable?

I'm looking for a cable that has the ipod connector on one end and both a cigarette lighter adapter and two male RCA's on the other end. Does such a thing exist?
posted by joshuaconner on Dec 21, 2006 - 2 answers

Just like the tag examples... but with a twist.

Are there really no in-dash hard-drive based car MP3 players (er, under $2000) or single-DIN 6-disc changers on the market anymore? Help me with my broken changer. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Dec 20, 2006 - 11 answers

What should we get the car salesman as a sign of gratitude?

We got a great deal from a car dealership. What should we get the salesperson as a sign of gratitude? [more inside]
posted by zavulon on Dec 20, 2006 - 19 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

Can I claim for damage from a pothole in the street.

A pothole ate my wheel. Can I claim against the city? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Dec 12, 2006 - 10 answers

Fuel System for a 1998 Honda Civic

My friend was just told she needs a "new fuel system" for a Honda Civic (1998). What should we be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee on Dec 12, 2006 - 8 answers

Civic sitting for six years

Mechanic Filter: Someone left me a '98 Honda Civic that has been stored for 6 years it seems. VERY low miles lol. What do I tell the mechanic(s)? [more inside]
posted by prodevel on Dec 11, 2006 - 13 answers

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