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Reduced highway mpg in a 1-year-old car. What gives?

2013 Subaru Crosstrek XV got 32-33 highway mpg last year. Now it gets 28. [more inside]
posted by nicodine on Jun 2, 2014 - 20 answers

How good does Google App Engine support PHP?

How good does Google App Engine support PHP? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on May 21, 2014 - 1 answer

How to quickly get rid of some old gas?

I have one of those cherry red gasoline jugs that I use to store gas for my lawnmower. Usually I just re-use the gas from year to year, but I know that's bad (OLD GAS!), and I'm trying to take better care of my mower and do things like use new gas and change the oil and, you know, stuff, so I'd like to get rid of it and get some new gas... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 9, 2014 - 12 answers

What, besides scheduled maintenance, should I do to maintain my car?

We recent got a new-to-us used car. Other than following the manufacturer's scheduled maintenance, what should we do to maintain and maximize the life of the car? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Possible reasons for engine idling higher, and "auto revs?"

Carfilter: Car had been running fine all summer. Saw a bit of this yesterday, more during today's commute. Engine idling slightly higher and it revs itself at rest. Otherwise, it runs normally under load. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Sep 17, 2013 - 6 answers

I am a worrier, but maybe now I have a reason to be worried? Car woes.

Car experts of Metafilter, please help me assuage my fears and/or prepare for the worst. My car overheated on Saturday. My mechanic tells me a hose came loose and I lost most of my coolant, hence the overheating. It's an easy enough fix but now he's got me all paranoid that I have engine damage. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Sep 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Knock, Knock. Who's There? CAR TROUBLE!

My car started making a weird noise on my drive home from work tonight. I got home, did some research, and discovered that the noise sounds a lot like "engine knock". I checked my oil level, and it's borderline low-ish. Is is OK to drive to a mechanic or should I walk/take the bus to AutoZone and top up the oil before starting it again? Am I already completely screwed? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Can I drive my car if the engine has Hydraulic Lifter Ticking?

The "tappets" or hydraulic lifters in my ten-year-old Hyundai Elantra have started making noise. tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Sep 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Help a dip stick a dipstick

Through circumstances, I cannot find the right place to put the oil dipstick on a Japanese car (1995 Mazda MPV Efini). Help? [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Sep 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Mobile auto engine steam-clearing in the Portland OR area?

We have a car that can't be started following a serious oil leak. The mechanic in the family has requested me to find someone who will steam-clean the engine on a mobile basis. I called a bunch of places, but none of them makes house calls, except for a guy who does pressure-washing, which our mechanic says won't work—the pressure will damage the electrical components of our elderly VW Vanagon. Do you know of anyone in the Portland OR area who does mobile steam-cleaning? Or another way to degrease the engine besides towing the car to the steam-cleaning place and back?
posted by ottereroticist on Aug 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Could getting towed have damaged my new car?

My new car was recently towed from my apartment parking lot without my knowledge. After I got it back and started it up, warning lights for the power steering and traction control system/dynamic stability control stayed on. The lights have since gone off, but considering that my car is front-wheel drive and was removed by pulling it backwards out of a parking spot with the transmission in Park, could any long-term damage have been done to the car? Or are temporary warning lights normal after being towed? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Aug 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Give me your Mantis Tiller starting hacks

I ( a small 50ish woman, with modest mechanical skills) bought myself a Mantis mini tiller, with the 2 stroke engine. I assembled it last night, using the instructional dvd included, and it all went just fine. I put the proper gas/oil mixture in, and following the instructions, started it up and tilled a bit just to say I could! Tonight, I attempted the same amazing feat, and flooded the engine. This wasn't terribly surprising, in my experience with lawn care equipment, but I was disappointed. Anyone have any cool tricks or suggestions for me to be able to start this beast consistently and easily. I did spring for the fast start model, which makes this even more ironic. I will note that I have NOT gotten it to start YET this evening. I plan to just leave it be until maybe tomorrow, to let the gas evaporate and try it again. (It was too hot to till anyway, damn it.)
posted by LaBellaStella on May 16, 2013 - 10 answers

What's going on with my car?

My 1998 Volvo S70 has been making an audible whirring/grinding noise when driving and braking. It's intermittent (though lately, it's been happening daily), unable to replicate reliably, occurs when driving at slower speeds (less than 35 mph), and occurs multiple times within the first 15 minutes or so of turning the car on and driving. No dashboard lights have shown up and the mechanic can't replicate the problem or figure out what's happening. What's going on? (additional details inside) [more inside]
posted by lea724 on May 16, 2013 - 7 answers

How does multi weight non detergent motor oil work?

I seen this oil at home depot called "Powermate Non-Detergent 4-Cycle Engine Oil - 10W30" my oil knowledge is at a beginner level but I thought multiweight oils were a emulsion. How do they make a 10w30 oil if there is no detergent in it?
posted by john123357 on Apr 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Car engine 'adjustment problems'?

My 2005 Honda Civic 5 Speed has a recent history of being serviced. (More inside.) Now it idles at 1200 rpms. The shop says to call them on Monday if the car hasn't adjusted back to normal. My question is: really? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Apr 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Stubborn check engine light ideas

A few months ago, my car's check engine light came on. They fixed it, it came back on again, they fixed it again, and now it's back on. I'm looking for possible explanations so I'm more prepared when I take it back yet again. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Mar 29, 2013 - 33 answers

Fahrenheit 451 Salamander

All the literature on the Salamander from Fahrenheit 451 has been burned. Where can I find more information about the Salamander that was built for the 1966 film? [more inside]
posted by boba on Dec 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Does my car need belts?

Serpentinebeltfilter Some coolant, not a ton of it, leaked from the water pump, got on the serp belt and another, both of which are pretty new. The shop, which has not been impressing me at all, alleges that both need to be replaced because the coolant got on 'em. Some measure of evidence on the Internet that belt damage is quite rare even when belts are doused with coolant (and I never got a low-coolant warning so it wasn't a staggering amount). What say you?
posted by ambient2 on Nov 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Bowled a Googley

Help me prepare for "Geo for Good Down Under" at Google HQ Australia. Details on my spatial tech knowledge inside. [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Oct 23, 2012 - 2 answers

After a bunch of trips to mechanics, my car engine is hesitating/missing intermittently, and I would love a second opinion.

My 1998 Nissan Sentra GXE (1.6L) has been acting up for the past few weeks, in decreasing degrees of severity. After a varied set of problems and repairs, the engine now hesitates at random, more often when idling than when driving. It sounds like it's about to die completely and then returns to normal in a second. What the heck is going on? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Sep 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Is Google still mostly about PageRank?

How important is Google PageRank in relation to the updates in recent months with regard to Google Panda? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot on Sep 12, 2012 - 6 answers

What is the model of this car's engine?

Where can I find information about the engine specifications of a car down to its manufacturer and model number? [more inside]
posted by jacobw on Aug 23, 2012 - 5 answers

My car is doing a thing (and I would like it to stop)

My car is doing something kind of alarming, intermittently. I'd love to get some guesses as to whether I need to see a transmission specialist or not before I take it somewhere. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Jul 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Civic making Beetle noises - is it safe?

Our car – a 2003 Honda Civic DX stick-shift – has started to make a rattling/ticking/whirring noise when it accelerates. Can we still safely drive it? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Jun 19, 2012 - 13 answers

He has a magic bottle...

What the heck is wrong with my neighbor's car? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on May 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Let's make this more efficient

There are 4-5 hobbyist forums I frequent. How do I search all of them at once? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Feb 3, 2012 - 5 answers

SEO keyword analysis

How do I perform SEO keyword analysis without using a 3rd part or agency? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount on Jan 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Am I driving a bomb?

My truck is leaking gas. Is this just Very Bad or is it Super Bad? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Dec 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Cool machines for techie fiancé?

[DifficultGiftFilter] My fiancé is one of those techie guys (software architect/developer) who already has all the latest gadgets and is generally hard to shop for. However, one of his most prized possessions is a beautiful little stirling engine. What are some other cool little machines that he might appreciate? [more inside]
posted by paralith on Dec 15, 2011 - 26 answers

Shop says car engine seized, with no warning signs. Need advice.

Catastrophefilter. Auto shop just called, say Subaru has seized engine. Baffling, because no warning signs. ~$5,000 for new one. Options? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Nov 28, 2011 - 27 answers

What size engine to pull a boat?

What size of truck engine is ideal to pull a twin axle boat trailer (we have a Supra wakesurfing boat)...does Toyota make a viable option? [more inside]
posted by AegeanBlue on Nov 25, 2011 - 13 answers

How to reduce Miata's road and engine noise (within reason; I like the exhaust note)?

Partly on AskMe's advice, I bought a 2006 Miata. Got a good deal and love it, including the exhaust note. Road, tire and engine noise are part of the deal, I know, but they're louder than I'd like. Can you suggest fixes? [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms on Nov 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Unimog engine oil: how much, and what kind?

Unimog engine oil: how much, and what kind? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Oct 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Engine replacement cost for a 2004 Jeep Liberty?

What's a reasonable price for having the engine of a 2004 Jeep Liberty replaced in Northern New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by thudthwacker on Sep 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Considering buying an old pickup truck (Hilux), and teaching myself how to maintain/repair it. Where to begin?

Considering buying an old pickup truck (Hilux), and teaching myself how to maintain/repair it. Where to begin? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on Sep 3, 2011 - 9 answers

1987 Olds backfire problem

1987 Olds backfire problem [more inside]
posted by millerizer on Aug 14, 2011 - 6 answers

how do you cool down a turbocharger?

how do you cool down a turbocharger? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jul 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Fix or replace my car?

Should I fix my car or purchase another one? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Jul 18, 2011 - 9 answers

tucka tucka tucka TIKKK tukka tukka tukka TIKKK

Car geeks: I'm having trouble identifying this knock [.MOV on Dropbox] in the engine of my 1991 Dodge Spirit. It sounds a bit like a clicking sound, except it turns out to be a wheeze when it gets worse. I've just replaced one of the valve rocker arms because it turned out to be broken. I also Do you know what might be causing this? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Jun 5, 2011 - 18 answers

How do car engines work?

Are there resources on the internet where I can find information about what's under the hood of my car? I just feel that being a man and all I should have a good idea of what I'm looking at when I pop the hood of my car. I just want to learn the basics and maybe get a better idea of how stuff works under there. I have a Honda and a Toyota, and I know things are built differently under there, but if there's anything specific to those two then that would be preferable.
posted by fiestapais on Apr 21, 2011 - 14 answers

How do automotive firmware engineers do their jobs?

Are you an automotive engineer? Do you design engine control module firmware? Do you know or love someone who does? How is that firmware actually written? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Apr 9, 2011 - 17 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

Krasny Oktyabr (Красный Октябрь) Д8, Д8e or Д6 engines?

Any MeFites know anything about Krasny Oktyabr (Красный Октябрь) Д8, Д8e or Д6 engines? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Feb 23, 2011 - 1 answer

2-stroke engines are better or worse?

2-stroke or 4-stroke brushcutter (or similar)? What are the differences? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Jan 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Why is my motorcycle engine RPM rising when I apply the clutch?

I have a 1982 kz750 LTD (inline 4) with stock parts. For about the last three months, the engine RPM has increased 1-2k when i apply the clutch. Additionally, over the course of about an hour, the idle RPM will increase to around 3.5k. [more inside]
posted by casconed on Jan 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Noisier Golf 1.9 TDI

My 2005 VW Golf 1.9 litre TDI has started making an odd noise. It doesn't start until maybe 5 seconds after having started the engine and appears to be loudest around the area near the alternator. [more inside]
posted by Transparent Yak on Dec 12, 2010 - 7 answers

$$$$$$

Decent scholarship search engine, anyone ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on Dec 8, 2010 - 6 answers

2000 Toyota Camry overheating issues

2000 Toyota Camry is having engine overheating issues - what is causing them? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Nov 5, 2010 - 21 answers

It sounds like "rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm"

Why did my car start roaring whenever I press the accelerator? Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 20, 2010 - 15 answers

I broke my engine fixing it.

I messed up my truck engine, but hopefully I can fix it with your help! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Oct 5, 2010 - 6 answers

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