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Advice and information about maintaining the brakes on my Jeep, please.

My 2-wheel drive 2005 Jeep Liberty needs brakes and I need some advice, please. [more inside]
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos on Aug 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Mechanicfilter - Ford Focus edition

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]
posted by peteyjlawson on Jul 26, 2014 - 6 answers

No one will pay for wheelchair repair, even with Medicaid... now what?

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]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 16, 2014 - 17 answers

$175 to replace a driver's side rear-view mirror?

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]
posted by klangklangston on Apr 1, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me not get swindled by car mechanics

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]
posted by raztaj on Mar 1, 2014 - 20 answers

Mobility scooter repair

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?
posted by roolya_boolya on Feb 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Good Toyota shop in Los Angeles for maintenance and repairs

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]
posted by jayder on Dec 13, 2013 - 6 answers

A good mechanic near New Orleans for a '94 4Runner?

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]
posted by Scientist on Nov 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I learn the basics of car maintenance and repair?

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.
posted by peppermind on Aug 3, 2013 - 9 answers

What factors are making my car uncomfortable for passengers?

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]
posted by postergeist on Jul 30, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I relearn high school subjects?

I want to relearn algebra, chemistry, basic mechanics, and basic physics this summer. For free? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Apr 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Car-filter: What's this noise?

Diagnose-weird-noise-in-car-filter: What's making this noise? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Aug 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Oops!

So, um, how do you put a bicycle hub gear back together? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Bad interface design or something more?

What is the purpose of the on/off switch on my car's cruise control? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jun 23, 2012 - 25 answers

What do I need to know to improve

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]
posted by Scientist on Jun 11, 2012 - 22 answers

What sort of wild technology do you need to entangle particles?

I need to know what sort of equipment one uses to "entangle" particles. Where would I find this sort of information? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on May 28, 2012 - 4 answers

What's my recourse for a car repair job that went south?

What's my recourse, if any, for a car repair job that went south? [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Apr 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Mechanics open on Saturdays in the greater Seattle area

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]
posted by homodachi on Mar 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Tools for European Cars

Peugeot tools - how do I price these? [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on Mar 4, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I address communication problems with my mechanic?

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]
posted by stellaluna on Nov 7, 2011 - 12 answers

London bus engines - are they turbines?

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]
posted by richb on Sep 2, 2011 - 15 answers

car filter: mystery creaking noises

Mystery creaking noise coming from my car. Mechanic is stumped. How concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Aug 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Does water flow through a pipe affect its moment of intertia?

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.
posted by gluino on May 7, 2011 - 10 answers

to re-build a bicycle

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]
posted by gnutron on May 4, 2011 - 20 answers

+1 Diesel Repair: Level grinding my handyman skills

PracticalSkillFilter: Looking for ways to quickly/systematically learn practical diesel engine repair, basic electronics, fiberglass or woodworking techniques in/near Raleigh NC. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Apr 3, 2010 - 4 answers

help me cover a serbian song

What are the Serbian and Romanian equivalents to Harry Fox? Help me put a cover song on my album legally. [more inside]
posted by Benjamin Nushmutt on Mar 12, 2010 - 2 answers

It's making a noise like 'vroom grrrr reekkkkkk'.

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]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle on Mar 10, 2010 - 44 answers

A Two-Part Question About Italian Dialects and The Mechanics of Breaking Glass Windows

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]
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 10, 2009 - 4 answers

A practical mechanics primer?

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]
posted by invitapriore on Dec 5, 2009 - 16 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

How to have a mechanic check out a used car?

What is the most common protocol for having an independent mechanic check out a used car before buying? [more inside]
posted by whataboutben on Nov 9, 2009 - 10 answers

Bicycles & physics

bicyclefilter: Are there any sites or books that break down the science of a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Oct 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Engineering Question

Any engineers or physicists who can help with a vector mechanics problem? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Oct 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Listen to me kid, this is important...

"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]
posted by bonobothegreat on Sep 18, 2009 - 17 answers

Bill Nye should be a Mefite.

What are some simple experiments that help explain complicated phenomena? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Jul 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Should I have my car repaired at a tire shop?

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.
posted by teg4rvn on May 11, 2009 - 16 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

Smooch mechanics

How do you kiss? [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Oct 8, 2008 - 40 answers

Why brake fluid?

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?
posted by BadMiker on Sep 17, 2008 - 6 answers

How can a beginner restore a vintage bike?

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]
posted by mippy on Sep 8, 2008 - 15 answers

'75 Dodge Tradesman in dire need of assistance!

Remember the Manimal? Well his buddy Big Bird is in a bit of a pinch... Any classic Dodge mechanical types out there? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 6, 2008 - 7 answers

How to free a stuck brake piston?

Car-repair-filter: Any mechanics got a trick for freeing a stuck brake piston? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 answers

Mechanical transmissions

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]
posted by Krrrlson on Jun 21, 2008 - 2 answers

cheap, USB controlled, simple mechanical device (example: rotating gear)?

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]
posted by nolnar on Mar 19, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I get a prototype of an invention made and conduct market research?

How do I get a prototype of an invention made and conduct market research? [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Feb 22, 2008 - 10 answers

Home Mechanics

Where can I find a site dedicated to modern or classic home mechanisms... [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Jan 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Good DC-area mechanic?

Anyone have recommendations for a good mechanic in the DC/MD suburbs area? [more inside]
posted by averyoldworld on Jan 23, 2008 - 14 answers

Need help for Formalisms in Quantum Physics

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]
posted by kureshii on Oct 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Can I conquer the green menace?

The inscrutable Crocodile Dentist Toy: does the crocodile really snap at random? Or is there a way to outsmart the reptile? [more inside]
posted by The Toad on Aug 3, 2007 - 10 answers

My kingdom for a horse: Trustworthy SoCal car dealers/mechanics

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 - 7 answers

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