Car Trouble Filter: Check engine light goes on. Mechanic says it the catalytic converter, cost = $1,500. Then the check engine light goes off, on its own. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by jujube
on Mar 11, 2008 -
Any recommendations for a reliable/trustworthy mechanic in Toronto? Specifically for a late 90s Mazda. [more inside]
posted by impactorange
on Feb 20, 2008 -
Help me figure out what is wrong with my motorcycle! I think it's simple, but I'm confused...[long and technical, yay!] [more inside]
posted by TomMelee
on Feb 17, 2008 -
I think my power steering fluid is leaking. What's this going to cost me? I've got a 2K Nissan Xterra. I think I overfilled it a few weeks ago and notice oil dripping a few days ago.
posted by atchafalaya
on Feb 2, 2008 -
CarMaintenanceFilter: Do I really need new spark plugs and a fuel-injector cleaning when I just got them done? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman
on Dec 12, 2007 -
Please recommend your favorite transit-friendly Portland (OR) area auto mechanic for my aging chevy pickup. [more inside]
posted by janell
on Nov 3, 2007 -
Are there any schools that have something like a week-long auto repair course? Preferably BMW-focused, and preferably in the DC Metro area, but even without those two, would still be useful. [more inside]
posted by mboszko
on Sep 24, 2007 -
Help me diagnose my car's weird lurching problem. This is mostly for curiosity's sake, as I do plan on taking it to the mechanic tomorrow or Saturday. But I sort of want to know what I'm in for. [more inside]
posted by rossination
on Aug 23, 2007 -
For about a week, I've noticed a "hot" smell coming from my engine. I don't know how to describe it except that it smells like an iron that has been left on. What is it? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy
on Aug 21, 2007 -
What should I do? Recently, I was on a bike tour and had work done on my bike. The guy did not do a good job. [more inside]
posted by backwords
on Aug 15, 2007 -
Anyone know a good BMW mechanic in the Fort Lee, NJ (Near the George Washington Bridge) area? I have a 1988 325ix and need someone trustworthy and competent to take care of it. Service at the BMW dealer is outrageously expensive.
I've tried various BMW message boards and come up empty. Something in a 30 minute radius would be nice, but I'll take what you got!
posted by SampleSize
on Jul 26, 2007 -
Where in Northern VA should I take my '03 VW Passat to get the thermostat replaced? [more inside]
posted by callmejay
on Jul 16, 2007 -
Buying-a-used-Car in SoCal-filter : I'm looking for good used car dealerships in the Pomona / Inland Empire / greater LA area. Also, for good independent mechanics to examine a prospective used car. Also: Examples of dealers/mechanics to avoid and general advice. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia
on Jun 12, 2007 -
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 -
NJFilter: Coworker living in Jersey City wants to find a reputable auto mechanic. Any JC/Hoboken resident recommendations?
posted by bastionofsanity
on Mar 8, 2007 -
Did this mechanic try to "trick" me into a repair that costs more than the car is worth? [more inside]
posted by hootch
on Nov 2, 2006 -
My 1970 Dodge Dart swinger has begun making some odd noises and my current, very-good mechanic, can't figure it out. But he says it's nothing. For the first time, I don't think he's right. So I need to cheat on him with a new mechanic. A Dodge Dart specialist. Does anyone have any supremely talented classic mopar men in the Los Angeles area they can recommend?
posted by rileyray3000
on Aug 2, 2006 -
Auto Mechanic Filter: What is preventing my car from starting? Happens about every 10th time I attempt to start. No click, no churn, but the lights (including those on the dashboard) work fine as does the radio. I get it going by rocking the front end of the car up and down, and back and forth for a few seconds. Head back in, turn the key and it starts normally. [more inside]
posted by terrier319
on Jul 10, 2006 -
Mechanics: I've got a 1964 chevy bel air which is my daily driver that needs some work. I'd like to do it myself, but I'm sorta a car newbie. What online communities and resources will be useful to me? Do you have any specific anecdotes, tips and tricks for working on old cars? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Dec 7, 2005 -
Any good online references for finding an auto repair shop? Reports, reviews, horror stories? [more inside]
posted by intermod
on Oct 24, 2005 -
I have a 1991 Honda Civic DX hatchback with ~125k miles on it. It runs like a champ, except when it doesn't start.... [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on Sep 28, 2005 -
My 1989 Jeep Cherokee's serpentine belt is squealing horrifically. Nothing I have done will make it stop for longer than a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling
on May 22, 2005 -
After spending a cool $thou on 'general maintenance' from the dealer, I'm seeking an Atlanta-area mechanic/shop that would work on my 97 Infiniti I30 (which is mechanically near-exact to the Nissan Maxima).
I'm really looking for an indie mechanic with whom you might have personal experience.
posted by mdpc98
on May 3, 2005 -
How can I figure out what's leaking from my car? (And other maladies...) Does anyone know of a site -- like WebMD, but for cars -- where I can type in symptoms and narrow down what might be wrong with a car? I know that I can go to a mechanic, but sometimes the first question is whether it's even safe to drive the car to the mechanic. [more inside]
posted by xo
on Mar 31, 2005 -
I have a 1998 Honda Accord automatic sedan. When I am driving, it's pretty much fine...but when I stop at a traffic light or stop sign, the car starts to shake. When I start moving again, the shaking stops. If I am stopped (and the car is shaking) and I put the car in neutral or park, the shaking goes away considerably. Why does this happen? The one search result from Google that I thought would be useful points to a dead page. So I thought I would ask here. I just want an idea of what this could be so I can do some research before taking it to a mechanic and pretend that I know something about cars. And then maybe he won't try to trick me into getting things fixed that I don't really need to worry about. Thank you!
posted by omair
on Jan 5, 2005 -
I'm looking for schools that offer courses in Automotive Repair in the New York City area (or even better, Brooklyn), does anyone know of a comprehensive list?
posted by milovoo
on Jan 2, 2005 -
AutoFilter: In a moment of terrible mental absence this morning, I drove about half a block in second gear with the hand brake engaged. While the right rear wheel smoked and the brake glowed visibly red, there seem to be no other consequences an hour after the fact. Does this merit a call to the mechanic to check it out if other malfunctions haven't arisen?
posted by Verdant
on Dec 16, 2004 -