Do you have a go to place for getting trusted reviews for service related occupations like doctors, dentists and mechanics? Angie's list is paid, free is preferable
I'm starting to think I'd like to learn a trade, but I don't know which. I have no experience and have been a graphics guy (half corporate, half freelance) since graduating college with a BA in psychology (I'm 37 now). I really like the idea of making something, of being able to fix things, of having a skill that is useful in its own right, and of not sitting in front of a computer all day. I'm willing to go to school and/or apprentice, but I'd like to have the possibility of making decent money (>$60k) after doing it for a 2-3 years. [more inside]
Is it a good idea to use Groupon, Scoopon or other 'deal of the day' websites to organize car maintenance and servicing?
Is it a good idea to use Groupon, Scoopon or other 'deal of the day' websites to organize car maintenance and servicing? [more inside]
Career change filter: Is it possible for an experienced professional in a (mostly) unrelated field to fast-track the apprenticeship portion of trades training? [more inside]
Finding a good motorcycle or scooter mechanic in Arizona? Web directory with customer reviews? [more inside]
I just had to replace my car's entire powertrain. What could've happened? How do I prevent it from happening AGAIN? [more inside]
Answer me these questions three: Do you live in Seattle, do you have a Toyota and do you have a mechanic that you absolutely love? Hook a brother up then! [more inside]
Anyone have any recommendations on a good Volvo mechanic in Seattle? Bonus points for West Seattle... [more inside]
'03 Toyota Matrix makes terrible noise when even slightly lugging engine. What's wrong? [more inside]
If oil was vodka, my '05 Pontiac Vibe would be F. Scott Fitzgerald. Should we have the engine rebuilt or replaced? Automotive snowflakiness inside! [more inside]
My sister's new-to-her 2003 Aztek shudders sometimes. [more inside]
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]
Can (should) I ask my mechanic not to do a job we agreed they would do, after they've ordered the part? [more inside]
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]
Anyone have any recommendations for a reputable (and affordable?) motorcycle mechanic in Portland Oregon?
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]
How to know if the oil in a car has really been changed? [more inside]
What's the cheapest (safe) way to take care of a leaking car tire? [more inside]
My wife's car's rear brakes need replacing. I'm not a car guy. [more inside]
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]
What to look for when buying an older truck? [more inside]
Time for a new car? [more inside]
Should I repair my damaged car for significantly more than its original cost, or buy a new cheap used vehicle? [more inside]
Chicago mechanic filter-I need some help finding a mechanic, a few stipulations inside. Guesses on estimates welcome, too. [more inside]
Why did my car start roaring whenever I press the accelerator? Should I be concerned? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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!
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]
What factors do you consider when thinking about getting rid of your old car and buying a new one? [more inside]
Help me transition from being a system administrator to being some flavour of mechanic or tell me if I shouldn't bother. [more inside]
I need to find a good Audi mechanic in the DC area. [more inside]
I have a motorcycle that's been stored outside for a year and I'd like to get it running. [more inside]
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]
Asking for a friend: She's looking for a movie from the 90's. [more inside]
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]
Does this manifold on a 2.5L Jeep really expel hot air into the main engine compartment or is a part missing? [more inside]
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]
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]
What could be some reasons why my gas mileage is very suddenly and dramatically craptastic? [more inside]
What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
Help me diagnose a motorcycle carburetor problem. [more inside]
Never owned an old car, thinking of buying a 1988 Toyota 4x4 truck. Stupid? [more inside]
Please recommend a good auto mechanic in Tempe, AZ for a 2001 Ford Escape.
Anyone know a good mechanic in or around Gurnee Illinois for a used car pre-sale checkup? [more inside]
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]
Decision procedure, method for getting rid of old car? [more inside]
What are reasonable expectations between car repair shops / mechanics and their customers? Specific scenario inside.. [more inside]
Bay Area: Peninsula: Please recommend an independant Audi mechanic. [more inside]