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Help me be less ignorant about cars.

I would like to not feel panicky when things go wrong with my car. Where can I learn the basics of how cars work and how to troubleshoot them? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Aug 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Can I go back on a verbal agreement to have work done on my car without negative consequences?

Can (should) I ask my mechanic not to do a job we agreed they would do, after they've ordered the part? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Jun 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Cars are a foreign language to me.

What is the likelihood that my car overheating yesterday is completely unrelated to the quick lube-type service I got the day before yesterday? [more inside]
posted by katybird on May 15, 2011 - 22 answers

Motorcycle Mechanic in Portland Oregon?

Anyone have any recommendations for a reputable (and affordable?) motorcycle mechanic in Portland Oregon?
posted by Sharakov on May 13, 2011 - 1 answer

Need to know if the auto repair guy is ripping me off! help!

Check engine light came on this morning. Auto repair guy is giving me a very large estimate and an offer to just buy the car off my hands. I know next-to-nothing about cars, so can't tell if he's robbing me or not. People who know cars, help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Apr 16, 2011 - 28 answers

I'm not sure I can fit under my car, though.

How to know if the oil in a car has really been changed? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Mar 4, 2011 - 21 answers

How to fix a flat

What's the cheapest (safe) way to take care of a leaking car tire? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 21, 2011 - 25 answers

I will not resort to cheap brake puns.

My wife's car's rear brakes need replacing. I'm not a car guy. [more inside]
posted by pdb on Feb 12, 2011 - 18 answers

Wow... that's a lot of money.

HALP! Can you suggest an auto mechanic within about 10-15 miles of King of Prussia, PA who might be able to do a better price than the dealership on a full clutch replacement? 2006 Subaru Impreza. Difficulty: I need to call back in about an hour. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Jan 24, 2011 - 9 answers

What can I look at to check the quality of a cheap old truck?

What to look for when buying an older truck? [more inside]
posted by true on Jan 21, 2011 - 10 answers

When is it time to get another car? Fix or trade in?

Time for a new car? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Dec 14, 2010 - 29 answers

99 Problems and a Car is One

Should I repair my damaged car for significantly more than its original cost, or buy a new cheap used vehicle? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Nov 30, 2010 - 13 answers

Clevertitleaboutcars.

Chicago mechanic filter-I need some help finding a mechanic, a few stipulations inside. Guesses on estimates welcome, too. [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Oct 29, 2010 - 4 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

Timing belt! Now! Help!

It's way past time to change my timing belt - like almost 30,000 miles past! Help me find the right Honda/Acura dealership in West Central Florida (Tampa to Gainesville) to change the timing belt on my 1994 Acura Integra. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Sep 15, 2010 - 13 answers

MechanicFilter- Help w/ an '01 Corolla

2001 Toyota corolla (75k) makes a whirring/grinding noise which is clearly coming from the passenger side of the engine compartment. Noise stops when actively turning the steering wheel. Noise is present when idling and moving forward. It's also getting louder from day to day. Any thoughts? I'll be taking it to a mechanic but mine is closed for the holiday weekend. Can I safely keep driving this?
posted by jz on Jul 2, 2010 - 9 answers

She done died and left me...

Fix-my-car-filter! I have a '92 Honda Accord LE that's showing starting problems; it acts like the battery is dead... but it can't be, can it? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jun 13, 2010 - 28 answers

Looking for a BMW mechanic in Vegas

A friend just moved to the Spring Valley area of Las Vegas and he needs a good mechanic for his 745i. A non dealer BMW mechanic is preferred as I've learned from personal experience that while BMW dealer shops are always more expensive they aren't always as knowledgeable. Cheers in advance for your help!
posted by chosemerveilleux on Jun 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Bookfilter: cult of the super mechanics

Help me identify this book or short story: A man accidentally creates a cult of super-mechanics when he recruits a native tribe to help him fix his plane. They mix religion and an obsession with mechanical detail. I might have seen this on MeFi, but I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by atrazine on May 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Should I just get another car?

What factors do you consider when thinking about getting rid of your old car and buying a new one? [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 13, 2010 - 17 answers

From Tech to Mech

Help me transition from being a system administrator to being some flavour of mechanic or tell me if I shouldn't bother. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on May 7, 2010 - 5 answers

DC-area Audi Mechanics

I need to find a good Audi mechanic in the DC area. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Apr 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Abused bike needs help.

I have a motorcycle that's been stored outside for a year and I'd like to get it running. [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Mar 30, 2010 - 12 answers

Why does the engine 'skip' when I'm breaking at a red light?

My car 'skips' when I'm stopped at red lights. Please help me try to diagnose what's ailing my sad, old car. YANAM/YANMM. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Feb 8, 2010 - 19 answers

Looking for a movie!

Asking for a friend: She's looking for a movie from the 90's. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me find a Prius doctor in Brooklyn?

Friends, Romans, Crooklynites: I heard the first terrifying sound from my 2005 Prius this morning, and it reminded me that I've been meaning to ask you for mechanic recommendations. I drove out to SF over the summer, and before I drove back I had my car looked at at Art's Automotive in Berkeley. I had a great experience, and I refuse to go back to the level of "care" I was formerly accustomed to here. I know the likelihood of a hybrid-friendly repair shop is slimmer here in the Big Easty, but I wonder if you might be able to refer me to a mechanic in Brooklyn (or thereabouts) with whom I can entrust my Prius. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu on Dec 29, 2009 - 4 answers

Just blowing hot air?

Does this manifold on a 2.5L Jeep really expel hot air into the main engine compartment or is a part missing? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Dec 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Would you like to play internet mechanic? Bonus points if you can recommend a mechanic or Hyundai dealer in Chicago.

Would you like to play internet mechanic? My car is having problems, one involving the brakes and two mystery problems. Bonus points if you can recommend a mechanic or Hyundai dealer in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow on Dec 4, 2009 - 14 answers

Mechanic filter: Car alarm going nuts, how do I find out how to disable the alarm system temporarily so that I can drive the car to the mechanic?

Mechanic filter: Car alarm going nuts, how do I find out how to disable the alarm system temporarily so that I can drive the car to the mechanic? [more inside]
posted by BasileusPY on Dec 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Automechanicfilter: The Case of the Thirsty Tank

What could be some reasons why my gas mileage is very suddenly and dramatically craptastic? [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Nov 22, 2009 - 19 answers

Seeking clicking mechanism or design...

What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Nov 21, 2009 - 13 answers

Overflowing Carbs

Help me diagnose a motorcycle carburetor problem. [more inside]
posted by dsword on Sep 20, 2009 - 9 answers

How much work is a used Toyota truck?

Never owned an old car, thinking of buying a 1988 Toyota 4x4 truck. Stupid? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Aug 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Need mechanic in Tempe.

Please recommend a good auto mechanic in Tempe, AZ for a 2001 Ford Escape.
posted by reductiondesign on Aug 17, 2009 - 2 answers

A good mechanic in Gurnee?

Anyone know a good mechanic in or around Gurnee Illinois for a used car pre-sale checkup? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Aug 16, 2009 - 2 answers

2001 Corolla, Fog Lights Always On

My 2001 Toyota Corolla has spontaneously developed a problem: the front and rear fog lights never turn off, even when the key is out of the ignition. A good mechanic was recommended to me, but he won't be able to see me for several weeks. He warned me to expect to spend $200 minimum. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to try to solve this myself? [more inside]
posted by churl on Jul 24, 2009 - 21 answers

Need a decision procedure for dumping the car...

Decision procedure, method for getting rid of old car? [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Jul 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Reasonable Car Repair?

What are reasonable expectations between car repair shops / mechanics and their customers? Specific scenario inside.. [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jul 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Need reliable Audi Mechanic

Bay Area: Peninsula: Please recommend an independant Audi mechanic. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Jul 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Cheapest way for me to diagnose car troubles.

Engine is turning over slowly and I think it might be the battery. Affordable way to check this myself or just take it into the garage? [more inside]
posted by scarello on May 29, 2009 - 31 answers

Sunday in Portland with dying brakes

Where can I get my brakes fixed on a Sunday in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by thesmallmachine on May 3, 2009 - 2 answers

I wanna be a mechanical vagrant!

I love renting a house in urban Atlanta! I hate renting a house in urban Atlanta! Can anyone help me find a place to fix my car... myself? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Apr 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Finding a new car mechanic

I'm looking for a new car mechanic in Melbourne, Australia and/or tips for finding a reliable one in general... [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Mar 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Cheap and cheerful fixes for a sideswiped car

Car filter: my car got sideswiped on New Year's Eve. Need some direction on what types of places can fix what's broken and/or suggestions on ways to do so. [more inside]
posted by micawber on Jan 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Know any good mechanics?

DC-area MeFites: would you recommend your auto mechanic? I need to get my Neon worked on and would like to not be ripped off. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Dec 11, 2008 - 10 answers

Heater core? What?

The mechanic said my heater core needs to be replaced and it will cost $700. What does this mean? Lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Dec 2, 2008 - 18 answers

Junk it or Fix it?

DeadVanFilter: I know you are not my mechanic but... 97 Ford Aerostar, parked in my driveway for three Chicago years. The google-fu tells me the basics (new gas/oil etc), but I am just wondering if anyone in the hive has experience with such things. [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Nov 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Tranny problems (no, the other kind)

Should I replace the transmission or replace the car? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Nov 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Puddle-Related Power Failure?

What happened to my car? What did I do when I drove through that puddle? [1999 Ford Taurus] [more inside]
posted by rossination on Nov 5, 2008 - 8 answers

long distance car buying -- slightly paranoid and overeager buyer

After months and months of looking, I've finally found my dream car. The problem is, it's a few hundred miles away from me... and my trusted mechanic. Help me make this happen! [more inside]
posted by TayBridge on Oct 4, 2008 - 6 answers

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