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Dead car--how to get rid of the car and keep its nice new tires?

About two weeks ago my 2002 PT Cruiser Limited suffered a head gasket failure. This is the second time it's happened on this car in recent years and I'm not having it repaired it again. About a week ago my wife and I bought a nice 2011 Toyota Corolla LE to replace that car. Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with the Cruiser and how to keep its nice new tires for the Corolla. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jun 23, 2014 - 15 answers

What is the correct A/C refrigerant pressure for '04 Scion xB?

What is the proper air conditioning refrigerant pressure for a 2004 Scion xB? Should the pressure reading be made at a specific RPM? My A/C has been slowly loosing cooling over the last couple of years, now it really only cools well when traveling above 35~ mph, not so well at all in stop-and-go situations. Does it sound like I am on the right track to recharge the system? Works pretty well at steady-state speeds...
posted by Exchequer on May 31, 2014 - 6 answers

Paid for a car repair that failed, but mechanic is gone after surgery

We started having trouble with our car almost a year ago. We paid $1500 for a repair that failed, and the mechanic tried twice more without additional charges. Now, it’s failed again, but the mechanic had heart surgery and closed down the shop, and I haven’t been able to reach him. Is there anything left to do, or do we just have to accept that we’re out the money without a fix, and start over with someone new? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on May 28, 2014 - 10 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

Reliable auto mechanic in Columbia, SC?

I have a relative who attends USC and lives around the St. Andrews area in Columbia, SC. He has a Toyota that's having some issues. Are there any auto repair places either near the university or around St. Andrews that you could recommend?
posted by inkyroom on Feb 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Auto Body Paint Recommendations in Toronto

I'm gearing up to sell my car in Toronto and I'd like to get a fresh paint job. Or, at least, touch up the spots that are showing wear due to rust near the rear wheels and some white paint (on a red car) from bumping into the pillar in my parking space a couple of times. Note: I don't actually want to do body repair, just paint (I'm not trying to conceal the dings in the body, just to freshen up the look). Have any GTA Mefites had work like this done at a place they would recommend? I live downtown, but don't mind traveling to the 905 for good, affordable work. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
posted by dry white toast on Jan 29, 2014 - 4 answers

Wise to replace slightly frayed seatbelt with used one from junkyard?

2002 saab with 100,000 miles in generally good condition has a frayed driver's seat belt. To prevent further degradation, I covered the edge of the belt with duct tape. Frayed section conforms roughly in size to the concavity visible on the duct tape. Trusty mechanic quotes $175 + around $75 to install a junk yard replacement. This includes the entire assembly; trusty mechanic says they generally don't work well if you just replace the belt. A new belt and assembly is $475+ installation. I will have the opportunity to inspect the junk yard part before giving the go-ahead. Here's the question: assuming that it looks ok, am I better off from a safety stand-point with the used one of unknown history that in theory could be almost twenty years old or should I stick with my slightly frayed belt of known history (I bought the car new)? I know you are not my safety engineer! Thanks
posted by Kevin S on Dec 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Auto repair question

Am I getting a fair price on 100K maintenance for my 1999 Avalon? [more inside]
posted by boognish on Dec 12, 2012 - 8 answers

How to get my car started?

I know very little about cars. So why won't mine start? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Nov 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Car problems--should I take it to a dealer or a regular repair shop?

I have a 1994 Nissan Altima. It is in great shape but has two problems. The cruise control does not work at all, and as of this morning my key does not work in the driver's side lock. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 answers

After a bunch of trips to mechanics, my car engine is hesitating/missing intermittently, and I would love a second opinion.

My 1998 Nissan Sentra GXE (1.6L) has been acting up for the past few weeks, in decreasing degrees of severity. After a varied set of problems and repairs, the engine now hesitates at random, more often when idling than when driving. It sounds like it's about to die completely and then returns to normal in a second. What the heck is going on? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Sep 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Legit? Or crappy mechanic?

Should I be responsible for auto mechanic snapping my wheel studs? [more inside]
posted by el_yucateco on Aug 29, 2012 - 13 answers

I want the windows to go down...

Please help me reattach the power window switches to the inside of my car door. I need information about replacing a trim part on a Chrysler, and/or creative suggestions to mounting the switch unit. [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker on Aug 8, 2012 - 10 answers

How scared should I be of a loose tie rod?

Safety/severity questions with a bad tie rod. [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Aug 4, 2012 - 11 answers

My car is doing a thing (and I would like it to stop)

My car is doing something kind of alarming, intermittently. I'd love to get some guesses as to whether I need to see a transmission specialist or not before I take it somewhere. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Jul 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Volvo FrontEndFilter: How much is this going to cost me?

My 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo sedan failed inspection for a tie rod, a ball joint, and front tires. I took it in and am sitting around waiting on my estimate. Just curious. How much should I expect to pay for this? Labor is $70/hr. [more inside]
posted by even butter on Jun 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Looks like you need a costly car repair...not!

How do car dealer customer reps in the repair shop get paid? Salary? Commission? Both? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on May 2, 2012 - 8 answers

do not buy your beer in the hood

The door on my crappy car got bent. It no longer makes a tight seal, and it is supposed to rain heavily for the next few days. Can I bend it back? [more inside]
posted by k8oglyph on Mar 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Dodge Stratus PCV Valve

Wheres is the PCV valve on a 2004 Dodge Stratus sedan? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Feb 11, 2012 - 2 answers

How to become a mechanic? With SA?

How does a person become a mechanic, ideally, and is this line of work compatible with social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by MrFish on Jan 16, 2012 - 27 answers

Struts for Jeep

Jeep Cherokee filter. I think my 1999 Jeep Cherokee needs front struts. Monro says $600!! Anyone have any experience with this? What would you expect to pay/ did you pay for this? Thank you!
posted by mikedelic on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

how do I make this popular retro car look more retro?

2012 Beetle-filter - I just got one and I'm looking for ways to make it MORE retro looking. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Could a steering repair to a Civic damage an XM antenna?

I gave my '07 Honda Civic to a mechanic who said it needed a replacement of the steering rack and/or pump, which he did. Problem: aftermarket XM radio was working perfectly before it went in, antenna had intermittent short which prevented radio from getting signal at least 50% of the time when I got it back. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Rover rover mechanic, please come over...

Need reliable, dependable, honest Range Rover mechanic near or around Waldoboro, Maine [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Aug 18, 2011 - 6 answers

What should I do about battery/alternator repairs on my Hyundai Elantra?

I have a question about car problems and the best course of action. On Tuesday my car made a thump/shuttering noise while driving and now Firestone says I need around $600 worth of repairs. 2004 Hyundai Elantra with around 56,000 miles. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Aug 3, 2011 - 10 answers

$2200 to fix my car?

Is it crazy to spend $2200 to fix my car? Then replace the car in a year or two… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 21 answers

Repair or replace 1992 Camry?

Repair or replace 1992 Camry? (with some interesting caveats) [more inside]
posted by armyman83 on Mar 14, 2011 - 12 answers

car insurance. how does it work?

How and where do I get my car repaired? (or, please explain to me how car insurance works) [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Feb 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Seeking Safety (Repair Shop)

Safety Insurance of Massachusetts, USA - does anyone have a list of their preferred repair shops? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Please do not feed the DVD player

How do I replace a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country's DVD player without spending obscene amounts of money? [more inside]
posted by ehamiter on Jan 7, 2011 - 7 answers

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Leaky rims. What do I need to do to stop my car from gradually settling into the ground? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 8, 2010 - 15 answers

What's up with the people who keep offering to do body work on my car?

Why do these skeezy guys solicit me in public to do body work on my car? [more inside]
posted by Kylio on Oct 29, 2010 - 31 answers

Brake maintenance and finding reputable automotive shops!

The brakes in my fairly low-milage SUV have begun to squeak when stopping at slow speeds or when the car has just been turned on. What could be the problem and how can someone who knows nothing about cars get reputable service and not be ripped off? Bonus if anyone knows of a good place for this in Santa Barbara or Ventura county! [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Jun 26, 2010 - 8 answers

'95 Maxima is loud and shakes. Can I fix this on my own? Audio inside.

Can I fix my '95 Nissan Maxima? It went from sounding a little noisy/gravelly to shaking intermittently. Oil is full but dirty. Must I see a mechanic? Engine sounds like this (15-second AAC), exhaust sounds like this (5-second AAC). Used to be very quiet. Can I fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid on Jun 25, 2010 - 6 answers

I scratched another person's car bumper. What happens next?

I scratched another person's car bumper. What happens next? [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Jun 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Should I just get another car?

What factors do you consider when thinking about getting rid of your old car and buying a new one? [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 13, 2010 - 17 answers

The spring has sprung

My car appears to have a broken spring. Is this going to be as expensive as I think it will be? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Apr 6, 2010 - 11 answers

I need to connect!

I'm having trouble finding automotive wiring repair kits. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jan 14, 2010 - 10 answers

2006 Honda Pilot Headlight Replacement

I have a 2006 Honda Pilot, and noticed that my right headlight went out. Each headlight is comprised of two headlights, a top and bottom one. The top one seems to be working, but the bottom one is out. The top bulb is easy to replace, but the bottom one is a little bit more tricky, as there doesn't seem to be an easy way to remove it. Can anyone point me to a schematic or something? I think the replacement bulb size is H11, I just don' t understand how to replace the lower bulb.
posted by GatorFan2000 on Dec 27, 2009 - 6 answers

How can I tell if my auto glass was repaired?

How can I tell if the crack in my car windshield has been repaired? You would think it would be obvious.. but apparently it's not. [more inside]
posted by snorlaxx on Sep 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Advice needed for a fender bender.

[Auto Body Damage Filter] I need some advice on a minor fender bender I got into this weekend. Help me keep my 4th of Juplaya vacation from costing me an extra three thousand dollars! [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Jul 8, 2009 - 9 answers

It was everywhere I tell you.

Car trouble: How loudly should I yell at my dealer's service department? [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Jul 8, 2009 - 13 answers

How to start my car

Car repair filter....Car has been sitting for 18 months, anything special to do before I fire it up? [more inside]
posted by mikedelic on Jul 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Quit signing me out, Google!

Every time I close my browser (Firefox) Google signs me out. How can I stay signed in? It's very annoying. Googling has not returned an answer to the question.
posted by wsg on Feb 21, 2009 - 24 answers

What does the inside of my car door look like?

I'm replacing the 6.5" door speakers on my 1999 Chevy S-10 (regular cab) and I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Feb 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Any firm resources on Chevy Truck inter-model parts compatibility?

What years / models of Chevy Trucks / SUVs have interchangeable (for the most part) interior mechanicals, specifically seats? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Jan 12, 2009 - 6 answers

What repair fixes a misfiring 4-Runner?

Why does my uncle's 1998 V6 Toyota 4-Runner misfire at highway speeds? Last month we drove from Los Angeles to Tucson and back, and at what seemed to be random points while we were driving the engine would buck repeatedly. Once it started, it would continue at all speeds, with the engine running particularly rough at low/idle RPM. We took it in to 3 different Toyota dealerships along the way, and to it's home dealership once we got back. They were all happy to service the vehicle, but none were able to fix it and two insisted they couldn't find any problems with the vehicle. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 12, 2009 - 10 answers

How do I replace the evaporative emission sensor in my car?

How do I replace the evaporative emission system sensor in a Nissan Sentra? [more inside]
posted by quin on Nov 5, 2008 - 1 answer

Can I fix a scuffed bumper?

Somebody loaned me their car for a week. I managed to ding the bumper. Help me figure out if this is something I can fix myself or if I need to take it to a body shop. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by floam on Nov 1, 2008 - 19 answers

Why won't my pickup start?

Please help me figure out what's wrong with my truck. It's driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by lysistrata on Aug 25, 2008 - 6 answers

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