Does anyone know a good, reliable auto mechanic in the Somerville, MA area? [more inside]
Nearly a year ago I blew out my right from tire on my 2001 Toyota Tacoma. It is also a PreRunner and TRD. My tires are Dayton Timberline AT (all terrain) size 265/75R16. I could only afford on at the time but knew I would be needing three more soon. I checked my tire size in order to get multiple estimates from all the local companies and I realized they had put on a 265/70R16 on accident. I have driven nearly 20,000 miles on the oddly matched tires and had them rotated 6 months ago. Should I be worried about and damage to my truck? I've called the company and they apologized and offered to give me 4 new tires, one for free and all at the 75 size. They also said they would match the competitors price which was 50 dollars cheaper because I was a loyal customer.He then assured me that no damaged could have been done from their error. They were unable to acquire the 4 new tires I originally had and are now looking for something of equivalently quality. Should I go to a mechanic or trust the tire place who already charged me for one tire and delivered a smaller cheaper one .
What is wrong with my car? [more inside]
Oil Filter: I'm resurecting a bike that's sat for 5 years. Do I really need to replace the engine oil? Surely modern oils are pretty stable and won't have degraded significantly in 5 years? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a mechanic in Vancouver, BC, preferably in the westside? [more inside]
I'm an ignorant person when it comes to cars, so this is a pretty dumb question. I own a 2007 PT Cruiser which has no anti-lock brakes. It skids like crazy, and got me into a minor accident. Is there any way I can get add anti-lock breaks to it? [more inside]
Can you recommend a Volkswagen mechanic in Portland or Eugene, Oregon? [more inside]
Help with my friend's car trouble... [more inside]
CarFilter: Why does my transmission hate me so? [more inside]
My front headlight on my 99 Jeep Cherokee has just blown and I'm driving to WV tomorrow after dark. What are my chances of finding a walk-in auto repair place in Catonsville Maryland (suburban Baltimore)? [more inside]
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]
Need mechanic recommendations near Burlington, MA. [more inside]
Any recommendations for a reliable/trustworthy mechanic in Toronto? Specifically for a late 90s Mazda. [more inside]
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]
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.
CarMaintenanceFilter: Do I really need new spark plugs and a fuel-injector cleaning when I just got them done? [more inside]
Please recommend your favorite transit-friendly Portland (OR) area auto mechanic for my aging chevy pickup. [more inside]
How do I prove that an odometer has not been tampered with? [more inside]
[my old jalopy filter] What is my Corolla's clunking problem? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
Where in Northern VA should I take my '03 VW Passat to get the thermostat replaced? [more inside]
How do I remove stubborn rear subframe bushes on my 2003 MK3 Ford Mondeo? [more inside]
Are there any reasons why a Porsche engine could not be put into a '74 Volkwagen Beetle? [more inside]
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]
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]
NJFilter: Coworker living in Jersey City wants to find a reputable auto mechanic. Any JC/Hoboken resident recommendations?
Know a good Chicago auto mechanic? [more inside]
Did this mechanic try to "trick" me into a repair that costs more than the car is worth? [more inside]
How much should brake service for a '91 Ford Explorer cost? [more inside]
2001 Kia Sephia with intermittent starting problems. [more inside]
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?
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]
How do you find a mechanic that takes side jobs? [more inside]
Car Question. My speedometer just broke. How worried should I be? [more inside]
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]
Any good online references for finding an auto repair shop? Reports, reviews, horror stories? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Does anyone know of a good mechanic in Chicago? [more inside]
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]
How can I keep my car battery from dying in the rain? [more inside]
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!
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?
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?
Tough pedals- A bike-mechanical question in two parts. [more inside]