My 2-wheel drive 2005 Jeep Liberty needs brakes and I need some advice, please. [more inside]
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]
YANM medical billing professional, but I need help in getting my very expensive, recently-out-of-warranty electric wheelchair fixed. I live in NY, have (crappy) private insurance ( Oxford Liberty) through my mother's job and Medicaid due to a cerebral palsy diagnosis. My chair ( an Invacare model) was provided through my previous insurance and OL isn't accepted by the contractor that provided it. They take Medicaid, but refuse to put in a claim and keep passing the buck. I can't leave my house. What do I do? [more inside]
I've been going to a repair shop here in LA for a while that I found through the Car Talk fora, but have been increasingly unhappy with them. I took my girlfriend's 2002 Ford Focus in to get an estimate on replacing the mirror, and got back a quote of $175ish, $100 for the part and $75 for the labor (meaning, an hour and a quarter for them at $60 per hour).
The thing is, there are third-party mirrors for about $30, and from doing the same thing on a car years ago, I remember it taking about 20 minutes with the right tools.
Are they trying to rip me off? Is this a reasonable ballpark for what seems like pretty minor work (the whole assembly pops on and off)? I don't have the tools to do this now (I'd need a deeper socket), so should I buy the part and take it to them? Are dealer mirrors really that superior? (It's out of warranty by now, obviously.) Should I take it to someone else? [more inside]
New (6 month old) car battery has died twice in the past month. From the pattern it's been showing, can you help me figure out what the issue might be, and help me avoid getting swindled in my attempt to get it fixed? [more inside]
My friend is reliant on a mobility scooter for getting around. She has a fairly active lifestyle and as a result her scooter(s) often break down causing her serious inconvenience while waiting for them to get repaired. Could you recommend some good resources for learning how to diagnose and repair scooter faults? What are the basic skills (e.g. mechanics) that one could learn to help with the process? Bonus question: can you recommend a speedy scooter repair service in Dublin, Ireland?
Recently moved to the South Bay area of Los Angeles County and I am looking for a good place to take my Toyota Corolla for any maintenance and repairs it may need. [more inside]
This is a long shot, but does anybody know a good mechanic in the New Orleans area who'll work on my old 4Runner? I'm having a hard time finding one for some reason. [more inside]
I know next to nothing about cars beyond checking the oil and topping up windshield wash, but I'd really like to learn. I don't necessarily need to go full greasemonkey, but I'd like to be able to handle the basics and be an informed customer when I bring my car to the garage at the very least. I'd love to take a hands on course, if there are any in the Southern Alberta area, but book or website recommendations would also be quite welcome.
We have a peugeot 5008. As a driver I find it a lot of fun to drive because for a hybrid 7 seater its pretty nimble and responsive. However, as a passenger, the car is a vomit inducing roller coaster ride. [more inside]
I want to relearn algebra, chemistry, basic mechanics, and basic physics this summer. For free? [more inside]
Diagnose-weird-noise-in-car-filter: What's making this noise? [more inside]
So, um, how do you put a bicycle hub gear back together? [more inside]
What is the purpose of the on/off switch on my car's cruise control? [more inside]
If I wanted to make a paying hobby out of restoring and updating old bikes, what are some resources that would help me improve my skills, research the right bikes/components, and find the right places to buy them? [more inside]
I need to know what sort of equipment one uses to "entangle" particles. Where would I find this sort of information? [more inside]
What's my recourse, if any, for a car repair job that went south? [more inside]
Buying-a-used-car-filter: please recommend a non-dealership mechanic in the Seattle/Redmond area who can check out a car for me before I buy it. The hard part: they need to be open tomorrow. [more inside]
Peugeot tools - how do I price these? [more inside]
My mechanic said my car would be done four days ago. It's still not done. How can I, or should I, address this? [more inside]
I've noticed that most newish London busses don't sound like a normal diesel engine: they sound more like some kind of turbine. What engines do they use and why? [more inside]
Mystery creaking noise coming from my car. Mechanic is stumped. How concerned should I be? [more inside]
Does water flow through a straight pipe change its rotational inertia about an axis perpendicular to the pipe? i.e. Compared with the same pipe filled with (non-flowing) water.
Bike Mechanics 101: What tools and general knowledge should I acquire before I make an attempt at dismantling and re-constructing a bicycle? [more inside]
PracticalSkillFilter: Looking for ways to quickly/systematically learn practical diesel engine repair, basic electronics, fiberglass or woodworking techniques in/near Raleigh NC. [more inside]
What are the Serbian and Romanian equivalents to Harry Fox? Help me put a cover song on my album legally. [more inside]
Help me convince my parents I'm making a good choice and that girls can be mechanics! -or- Tell me what I haven't thought about and why this might not be a good idea. Details after the jump. [more inside]
This is a two-part question about a video on YouTube. The first part of the question is about the Sicilian dialect of the Italian language; the second part deals with the mechanics of breaking a glass window with a crowbar. [more inside]
Where can I find a basic and fairly comprehensive run-down of, quite literally, the nuts, bolts, screws, seals, bearings, washers and so on of practical mechanics? [more inside]
What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
What is the most common protocol for having an independent mechanic check out a used car before buying? [more inside]
bicyclefilter: Are there any sites or books that break down the science of a bicycle? [more inside]
Any engineers or physicists who can help with a vector mechanics problem? [more inside]
"There are only two types of motion in the universe: oscillation or rotation and you can't have exclusively one without a trace of the other. That's the reason machines wear out." Does this statement statement have any basis in fact and can you tell me where it might have originated? [more inside]
What are some simple experiments that help explain complicated phenomena? [more inside]
My car has 130K miles and I think I'm going to stop going to the dealership for repairs despite a great deal of trust in them; it is just too costly. I plan on going to an independent mechanic near my office, but it's one of those tire shop/muffler shop places who also seem to do other repairs/maintenance. Do these places actually fall into the category of an independent mechanic or are they simply rolling the dice when they are out of their area of expertise (like tires, brakes, or mufflers)? And second, where can I get the recommended maintenance *activities* for my vehicle based on mileage. I always followed my dealership's recommendations, so I need a better idea on what might be needed bringing it into an independent shop.
Where can I get my brakes fixed on a Sunday in Portland, OR? [more inside]
How do you kiss? [more inside]
Why brake fluid? It's horrible stuff; volatile, poisonous, corrosive, generally unpleasant. So why do we use it instead of using a (relatively) more beign hydraulic fluid?
I'm learning to ride a bike and have a vintage Raleigh Caprice
. How do I ensure it's roadworthy and get it all ship-shape? [more inside]
Remember the Manimal? Well his buddy Big Bird is in a bit of a pinch... Any classic Dodge mechanical types out there? [more inside]
Car-repair-filter: Any mechanics got a trick for freeing a stuck brake piston? [more inside]
Mech-E-filter: Can someone point me to a comprehensive online resource or tutorial with an overview of mechanical power transmission mechanisms? I'm interested the transmission of rotary motion as well as conversion between rotary and linear motion. [more inside]
I've made a small mechanical device but need help to find a USB-connected, -powered and -controlled part that gives mechanical input. It should be slow, turned on/off from computer, and really cheap. [more inside]
How do I get a prototype of an invention made and conduct market research? [more inside]
Where can I find a site dedicated to modern or classic home mechanisms... [more inside]
Anyone have recommendations for a good mechanic in the DC/MD suburbs area? [more inside]
I badly need help on formalisms in Quantum Mechanics! I just read this post
from 2 years ago, and it did help a little, but not really enough. [more inside]
The inscrutable Crocodile Dentist Toy
: does the crocodile really snap at random? Or is there a way to outsmart the reptile? [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]