Hi folks, had a low-speed collision in my 2012 Ford Focus. The lady in the car infront of me stopped unexpectedly in the middle of a roundabout and my front end went into her rear bumper (phrasing). Nobody was hurt, no obvious damage, everybody went on their way. However, ever since there has been a small amount of dried fluid appearing on my front bumper. Before I take it to the garage, mechanics of metafilter, can you help me name that fluid? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson
on Jul 26, 2014 -
I'm about to pull the trigger on a new 2014 compact car. I've done my research and driven almost everything in the segment in the last year as a rental. It's come down to a Mazda 3 i Touring hatchback with the full tech package. Looking for input based on experience. [more inside]
posted by spitbull
on Jul 12, 2014 -
We have a low mileage 2000 Ford Econoline van which has been running well but now will not turn over. It was just running, turned it off, now it wont turn back on. We had to towed to a mechanic and they said it stated right up and could find nothing wrong, drove it home and same thing. All the electric is fine. Nothing happens when we turn the key, lights don't dim, nothing, but again, all the electric works great. A looses fuse or loose cable is what I would expect but where do we start with something like this?
Thanks so much for any ideas.
posted by 1inabillionmistake
on Jun 24, 2014 -
What should I be doing to extend the life of my car to the year 2056? Seriously, I was gifted a 15 year old car with 110k on it. It is in great shape and I drive less than 5k a year (I work at home). What I am looking for are pointers to keep the car in good shape for a long time given the infrequent use. [more inside]
posted by lampshade
on Apr 24, 2014 -
I'm trying to help a friend locate a replacement LED Left Side Head Light Cluster for a 2006 Ford Mondeo Titanium (as seen in CASINO ROYALE). Preferably in the UK but anywhere would do - sadly everywhere I look has nothing available... thank you all in advance!
posted by timpollard
on Apr 3, 2014 -
Was in awful car accident yesterday. Good news - walked away without a scratch. Bad news - car is now a paperweight. Help me find a new vehicle? Details within. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead
on Mar 24, 2014 -
I am in the (unfortunate) position of needing to buy a Ford Econoline passenger van. I'm having trouble evaluating two options in particular: one, a 2001 vehicle with 90k miles on the engine (not the van's original engine), and two, a 2006 with 132k miles. [more inside]
posted by kbcostello
on Mar 18, 2014 -
When I burn a CD, some songs that sound fine in iTunes on my computer will inexplicably have between 3-20 seconds of 'silence' at the beginning, thus causing my car's CD player to skip them if I don't fast forward to the actual music...WTF? (do my best to give some Tech Specs inside!) [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat
on Nov 25, 2013 -
My boyfriend has a 2002 Ford Taurus with 300,000 miles on it. It burns oil and has some impact damage on the front so that you have to remove the plastic grill to open the hood. It needs an inspection sticker and getting one will require a new windshield and possibly some other repairs. He has just purchased a new vehicle and wants to wash his hands of the Taurus. He says I can have it if I want it. [more inside]
posted by domo
on Oct 30, 2013 -
I purchased a 2012 Ford Focus and it has been having performance issues that the dealer doesn't want try and fix. Should I risk aggravating the dealer and try to activate Ohio's lemon law or seek some other form of recourse? [more inside]
posted by charred husk
on May 14, 2013 -
The front passenger speaker and window control stopped working on my Ford Crown Victoria. The front passenger power lock switch is working fine. The window itself works normally and I can lower it from the driver side control panel.
I had to take the whole dashboard apart earlier to replace a heater core so I unplugged a lot of wires. What did I miss when putting it back together? Where do I look?
posted by racecar
on Mar 31, 2013 -
The rear brakes on my 2010 Ford Fusion, which is still under warranty, have worn out in what seems to me like a premature and unusual way. I have included the details inside and would like your opinion on whether this is an issue I should press with the dealership and/or Ford, or whether I should just fix the brakes and move on. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup
on Jan 23, 2013 -
My '08 F-150 likely needs a different engine. I do not want an engine out of a wreck or from the junk yard or one rebuilt by a local shop. I am looking for a remanufactured engine. Does anyone have any experience with or insight into the quality difference between a Jasper
Remanufactured engine versus a Ford Factory remanufactured
engine? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn
on Jan 22, 2013 -
"Snowflake" car purchasing question: Ford Focus vs Mazda 3 vs Honda Fit vs Hyundai Elantra. [more inside]
posted by annie o
on Oct 8, 2012 -
Should my mother's mechanic have caught a failing fuel pump when he repaired a closely related relay? [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay
on Mar 21, 2012 -
I'm thinking about purchasing a used Land Rover. I know that up until recently, they were owned by Ford. Will Ford dealerships/service shops service Land Rovers, or only specialty/import shops? I'm in the Milwaukee area.
posted by hafehd
on Dec 25, 2011 -
Straightforward question: How do I go about getting the best deal on a used Ford Econoline cargo van? [more inside]
posted by lore
on Dec 12, 2011 -
I have a 2009 Ford Focus SE, 4-door, manual transmission. The driver's side door leaks in the rain and three trips to the dealer have not resolved the problem. I have little faith that yet another trip to the dealer will help. Do you have a specific suggestion to instruct the dealer with? Or how should I go about going over their heads to someone higher in the Ford hierarchy, if that seems to be in order? Details inside to describe my lack of confidence and puzzlement about what to do... [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity
on Sep 6, 2011 -
I want to put a sunroof in my 88 Ford F150. Other than leaks , what are some things I need to consider before cutting a hole in my roof ? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks
on Aug 3, 2011 -
Used car advice. Looking for real world feedback on a couple of models I am considering. And for other suggestions as well. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah
on Aug 2, 2011 -
If I want to get rid of a car that isn't inspected/registered, how would I do that? In NC, if it matters. [more inside]
posted by katybird
on Mar 23, 2011 -
Help me figure out what's up with my gimpy car. It reeks of sulfur, has no power and bucks like a sad, old donkey. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts
on Feb 11, 2011 -
I just replaced the radiator on my 2002 Ford Crown Victoria. I filled the coolant reservoir to the cold fill line. Now, if I let the car warm up for 10 minutes, coolant starts leaking out from under the upper radiator hose where it meets the radiator. The hose looks solid, and the hose clamp is on pretty tight so I assume the pressure is just getting really high. Also, if I open up the coolant reservoir cap, liquid coolant starts coming out, not steam. The coolant isn't even that hot. I can stop the radiator hose leak by reducing the amount of coolant in the reservoir, but the coolant level needs to be way way below the cold fill line for that. What is going on? What should I do?
posted by racecar
on Feb 8, 2011 -
My temp gauge suddenly went to the max and the heater died. I was a couple miles from home (downhill) so I limped home. No water leaking from anywhere. I assume this is coincidence (??), but I very recently had the serpentine belt replaced. In recent days, the car's been a bit stumbly at low RPMs, maybe a bit more in the last couple days. It's a 2000 Crown Victoria (police model), 4.6 V-8. Water pump? Thermostat? Thanks for any thoughts you have to share.
posted by ambient2
on Feb 3, 2011 -
What was the last year that the Ford Country Squire wagon was available with a manual transmission?
posted by jpallan
on Dec 21, 2010 -
MustangFilter: 2006 v6 Ford Mustang giving cylinder misfire codes. Crank sensor and pulley recently replaced, the shop tells me to replace the coil pack. Looking for other root causes before I take the plunge? [more inside]
posted by ASoze
on Nov 17, 2010 -
How often, and for how long, should I turn over my car's engine in order to preserve the battery? [more inside]
posted by Biru
on Sep 6, 2010 -
I am far from home and my truck is acting up. The speedometer has started flailing around wildly and every so often we'll feel the kick of the transmission (automatic) shifting or falling out of and into gear. I think the problem is electronic as every so often the speedometer starts behaving normally and the transmission settles down and behaves normally. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne
on Aug 13, 2010 -
Any European mefites driving the 1.4L petrol Ford Focus? I am thinking at 80PS it might be underpowered. [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator
on Aug 3, 2010 -
A couple of months ago I bought a used 2007 Ford Ranger. I love the truck but it only came with one key. When I went to the local Ford dealer to see about getting a spare key made, they quoted me a price around $140 because it has the Ford SecuriLock chip built into it. That's a lot of money for a spare key, so I had a spare key made at a hardware store that will let me into the truck in case I lock my key in the cab, but if I would happen to lose my key, I'll be screwed. Is there anyway I can get a spare key from somewhere and program it to work in my truck's ignition without spending $140?
posted by Dr.Rhetoric
on Jul 28, 2010 -
Last year I almost bought a new Volvo c30
. I drove one and liked it, but then work got busy and I put the whole thing off until the spring. However, in December Ford announced that they would be selling Volvo to Geely
has apparently has only been manufacturing cars since 1989. This makes me hesitant, even though the BBC report on the sale states: Industry observers say the sale is good news for Volvo.
Am I over thinking this, or is the ownership of a car company irrelevant?
posted by R. Mutt
on Jan 25, 2010 -
What is the song in that Ford commercial that sounds like jazz and the commercial itself is a lot of graphics. It is a commercial that is currently running. Thanks!
posted by MayNicholas
on Jan 21, 2010 -
I have a 2008 Mercury Mariner. Recently, all of the dashboard lights light up like a christmas tree (and stay lit) and the gauges all sweep to the end and then stop back at zero while I am driving. Once I shut the engine off, the car will not start. This does not happen all the time but enough that it left me stranded twice in the past week. I have replaced the battery. This did not help. Through trial and error, I learned if I hit the alarm button, then attempt to start the car, it will start and I will be able to drive until the entire process repeats itself. I have it at the dealer now and after 72 hours, they still have no idea what's wrong with it. The dealer has said that their diagnostic equipment is identifying "communication codes to cluster" but I have no idea what that means. Any ideas on what could be causing my mysterious Mariner problem? I am in the Northern NJ/Rockland County area (if you have any suggestions for shops to try).
posted by starsixnine00
on Jan 21, 2010 -
I live in Plano, TX, and I am looking for a place where I can basically harvest my own parts from a large scap yard. [more inside]
posted by Jim On Light
on Dec 20, 2009 -
I'm trying to find part number(s) to repair a sideswiped passenger side mirror on a 2009 Ford Focus.
Most of the mirror is intact, so I'd like to replace only the piece that clips the mirror into the holder cavity. If this isn't possible, I'll grudgingly pony up for the whole mirror assembly.
Bonus question: is there a place to buy the part in Orlando, FL before Sunday?
posted by jlabrash
on Dec 10, 2009 -
Should I buy a V6 4WD 1994 Ford Ranger Splash ExtCab for mostly weekend light hauling and off road use? I mostly want to know about reliability and modifiability. [more inside]
posted by krisak
on Dec 1, 2009 -
Want to install a 3rd party trailer hitch to a new 2010 Ford Transit Connect delivery van. Safe? [more inside]
posted by orehek
on Oct 9, 2009 -
Where can I buy a scale model of a silver Ford KA for delivery in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Mattat
on Sep 4, 2009 -
Please recommend a good auto mechanic in Tempe, AZ for a 2001 Ford Escape.
posted by reductiondesign
on Aug 17, 2009 -
I need a source for NY state law (not NYC) pertaining to the sale of used cars. [more inside]
posted by cedar
on Apr 28, 2009 -