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"We've thrown a rod", "Is that serious?", "Yep."

I have a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback. I have what I suspect is a significant engine problem. I have data. I have a parts car. I could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by iconomicon on Aug 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Infected with Mac ransomware, but I caught it - next steps?

I was one of the 6,000 unlucky souls to download the KeRanger ransomware virus for Mac. It seems that I caught it after it started to encrypt my files, but before it encrypted all of them. Am I still at risk? Next steps? [more inside]
posted by rock'em sock'em puppets on Mar 9, 2016 - 3 answers

2002 Ford Escort keeps revving while driving at a steady speed - help!

Hi, recently my 2002 Ford Escort (automatic) has been revving up to 3-4 RPM while I'm driving, and is not very responsive to me stepping on the gas. This is most evident when I'm stuck behind drivers who are constantly slowing down/speeding up, or when I've stopped moving after coming to a complete stop (i.e.: stop lights). Since I've had the car, it's also shook when stopped, but it's never done this until the last several weeks (and has gotten worse today). [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma on Feb 13, 2016 - 9 answers

When is rebuilding a transmission worth it?

I had my transmission diagnosed as needing a rebuild and they quoted about $2800 in the northern Virginia area. The shop is well reviewed and recommended by another shop that I trust so I'm not concerned that I'm being scammed, but I'm having trouble weighing out whether I should just start looking at a new to me car or if we should have the transmission rebuilt. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Feb 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Which Car Should I Keep?

I have a 2000 Toyota Camry V6 5 speed. It was not treated well and I have spent at least $2K over its sale price of $7K since buying it in 2011. I bought it with 117K miles and now it has 140K. I've had to fix an oxygen sensor, the ball joints and battery wiring along with replacing tires. But I think I am running out of problems to fix. Plus, it's loaded and comes with the power, comfort and style I like. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 25, 2016 - 17 answers

1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3 V6 Transmission Problem

Transmission is not running right for the freeway. It will be OK then after stopping a few times, the ignition needs to be turned off and back on then it will be OK for a short time. Is this a mechanical problem with the transmission or can something else be causing this?
posted by millerizer on Jun 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Kia van trouble - transmission.

2011 Kia Sedona will sometimes have this funky problem wherein there is a significant loss of power. That is, I can floor the gas pedal and it's pretty unresponsive. Oddly, the digital instrument panel indicator that usually shows what gear it is in (or D for drive) doesn't show anything at all for the gear (the panel is otherwise lit up normally) when this problem is present. [more inside]
posted by whatisish on Nov 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Stopping in a manual transmission

6-speed manual transmission, standard clutch--not "paddle" or "semi-automatic" or "clutchless." Two ways to stop: [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Oct 23, 2014 - 77 answers

Does Honda dealer repair warranty reciprocity exist?

Before I go down to my local Honda dealer service shop, I am curious to know if a warranty on repairs made at Dealer X are ever honored at Dealer Y? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on Oct 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Explain why email is an insecure form of data transmission.

Let's say I need to send some personal data (e.g., full name, DOB, SSN, address history, etc.). I already know I should never transmit that information via email, but why? What are the risks, and where and when do they occur? At what point(s) during transmission is the info in that email in danger? Hit me with every worse-case scenario you can think of. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Jul 30, 2014 - 19 answers

How do I only allow BitTorrent downloads when my Mac is at home?

I would like Transmission, my OS X BitTorrent client, to only download and upload torrents when I'm on my home Wi-Fi network, and to stop all activity automatically when I'm not on this network. How can I achieve this? I'm open to using different software if need be.
posted by Richard Holden on Mar 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Transmission of Disease Through Clothing

Details aren't necessary except for sometimes when I have to sort clothes to be cleaned, I run into other people's garments that are soiled in some way. What's the likelihood that I am going to pick up anything unwanted as far as blood/fluid borne disease or any other nasties? My hands do not have any obvious sores or anything like that. This doesn't happen often and I thought I would ask here before I get too obsessive with my hand washing or badgering my doctor. Yes, I realize you may not be a doctor. Thanks in advance.
posted by Fukiyama on Jul 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Tow dolly or car carrier?

I'm having trouble figuring out if I can use a tow dolly to tow my car halfway across the country, or if doing so would destroy the transmission. [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on Jul 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Advice on a car purchase

Thinking of buying a 2013 Ford Focus Automatic. Big Manufacturer incentives right now. My one concern: lots of reports on car forums about transmission "shudder" that Ford appears to have blamed on programming alone for the last 2 years, but many owners say the reprogramming didn't solve things. I cant tell for sure that the most recent cars coming off the line are affected. Seems hard to get reliable information. Thoughts?
posted by dougiedd on Mar 17, 2013 - 9 answers

So much regret.

Is it my transmission, my clutch, or something else? Shifting into 2nd gear from 1st, constant acceleration (gas pedal) but the car stutters (surges forward, almost stalls, surges forward, almost stalls with concomitant spiking of RPM). [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Mar 4, 2013 - 20 answers

Shingles exposure precautions?

Someone I was in contact with on Christmas has just been diagnosed with shingles. There was skin to skin contact, although I didn't notice any sores (but I wasn't looking for them). I'm concerned that I could transmit the virus to others - particularly some young children, elderly, and otherwise immunocompromised people I would be seeing at another family gathering tomorrow. Should I quarantine myself for a bit? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 on Dec 28, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I get the most mileage out of my manual-transmission car?

Can you help me understand, once and for all, what I need to do to get the best mileage out of my manual-transmission car? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 2, 2012 - 27 answers

How do I get rid of this car that I am upside down on?

Best way to sell/trade in a car with transmission problems that I am now upside down on? [more inside]
posted by twblalock on Sep 10, 2012 - 12 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

How much would replacing a transmission celluloid on a 2001 Saturn run?

My 2001 Saturn's transmission celluloid has gone out. It can be reached through the oil pan so it's fairly accessible as transmission repairs go. What's a reasonable price to expect for this repair? I'm just looking for a ballpark so I might know if I'm getting hosed in the estimate when I get it next week.
posted by Issithe on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 answers

What does my Mazda transmission need next?

My 2002 Mazda Tribute is having transmission problems and I'm stumped about what to do next. Can you help? (My apologies for the length, I was trying to include all pertinent and potentially pertinent information). [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit on Jul 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you catch a cold by sharing a spoon?

How likely am I to catch an upper-respiratory illness through strictly oral/gastrointestinal means (like sharing utensils, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jun 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Am I going to kill my car by keeping it stopped?

Is it a bad idea to slightly accelerate on a steep uphill slope to keep a car with an automatic transmission stopped? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Jun 16, 2012 - 24 answers

The Mystery of the Always-Backward-Funky-Forward Subaru

Our wagon has a quirky automatic transmission—the same problem with little change for six years: Sometimes it won’t shift into drive, but it will always always engage in reverse. The go-to fix? Drive backward to a slope that enables a rolling start forward, shift into drive and tap-tap the gas until, eventually, *clunk* it engages. Diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jun 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Learn to drive stick-filter

Help me get over anxiety from learning to drive stick on surface streets in a moderately hilly town, please? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Jun 12, 2012 - 44 answers

1988 Toyota 4Runner V6 Transmission Trouble

How much will my transmission cost to fix? Left to its own devices, how much longer will it last? Any advice for a mechanical laywoman? [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on May 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Recommendations for a transmission shop on the far northside of Chicago

I need a recommendation for a good transmission shop on the northside of Chicago. Bonus points for Evanston, Rogers Park, and the surrounding areas. [more inside]
posted by who squared on Apr 25, 2012 - 5 answers

How did wirephoto work?

How did Wirephoto (news wire photo transmission) work ca. 1948 or earlier? Transmission over phone lines of...pixels? Was there error correction? Etc. [more inside]
posted by circular on Mar 24, 2012 - 9 answers

A new transmission? Really? It's a Toyota?

My pickup is a 2000 Toyota Tacoma V6 4X4 with an annoying problem of popping out of first gear both under load and when not under load. This is apparently a known issue with Tacomas as documented here. I've replaced the bushings per the linked article except for the white one on the end of the shift lever visible in the second photo of step four. This part is on order but I'm not optimistic. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by stet on Mar 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Would an alien radio pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle?

If an alien located on a planet 100 light years from here was to switch on a big, multi-frequency radio receiver, and record all the noises coming from outer space for the next hundred years, on all frequencies, how many soap operas, advertisements and new broadcasts would they pick up from Earth? Would a mass-market radio, similar to our Earthly equivalents, pick up anything? Over time, as the number of Earth transmissions increases exponentially, would the alien pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 23, 2012 - 10 answers

The automatic transmission on my 2001 VR2 Volkswagen Jetta has failed twice.

The automatic transmission on my 2001 VR2 Volkswagen Jetta has failed twice. The first time was at 40,000 miles, it was covered under the 10 year/100k powertrain warranty (but barely) and now I am 6 months out of the time period but the car only has 64,000 miles on it and has been impeccably maintained and gently used. How can I get the dealer to cover this under warranty? [more inside]
posted by telomere on Feb 8, 2012 - 18 answers

Please don't break, old beat-up car

My car gave a big "kick" while accelerating. Is my transmission about to die? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Feb 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Playing with fire or being prudent?

CarFilter: Mess with the automatic transmission fluid or not? Difficulty? 2003 Ford Explorer with about 105,000 miles and a "sealed" automatic transmission. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Aug 21, 2011 - 7 answers

A solution so obvious, it must be wrong.

Why don't electric cars use smaller motors with multiple-speed transmissions? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Aug 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me learn to drive stick in NYC

How do I learn how to drive a manual transmission in New York asap? I have called a few schools and they're booked for a few weeks ahead. [more inside]
posted by I-baLL on Jun 25, 2011 - 16 answers

my honda civic has trouble going into reverse. why?

our 2006 honda civic EX sedan (automatic) is having occasional problems shifting into reverse. we're taking it in to be fixed, but i want to try and read up on this beforehand. fascinating details inside. [more inside]
posted by patricking on Apr 16, 2011 - 5 answers

The little subaru that could...

Car is acting funky. I know there is a transmission issue, but... [more inside]
posted by rich on Apr 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Sell a dying car?

I have a 2001 Honda Accord with a potential transmission problem. I owe about $4000 on it, it's worth about $3500-4000K and the transmission will likely be $3000. Do I keep it or sell it? [more inside]
posted by gyroscope on Apr 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Pressing Clutch Pedal Creates "Air" Noise in '04 Tiburon

I have a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 Special Edition (http://autos.yahoo.com/2004_hyundai_tiburon_gt_v6_special_edition/) with 53k miles. Recently I noticed an odd sound when I press the clutch pedal. The best way to describe the sound is that it's very much like the rushing air sound you hear when a window is opened. The sound does vary just a bit in pitch depending on how far the clutch is pressed, and the sound stops when the clutch pedal is let back out. I'd swear it sounds like a hole being opened and closed. The sound is very subtle and can't be heard when the radio is up, so I don't know how long it's been there. I first noticed it several months ago and it hasn't changed since then, neither getting worse nor better. As best as I can determine, the sound is coming from the area underneath the pedal. The transmission seems to be working perfectly and I don't abuse the clutch in any way. Someone suggested that it could be the throwout bearing, but I've watched clips of that sound on-line and it doesn't quite match what I'm hearing. Any ideas or suggestions?
posted by Jamesonian on Mar 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Is my Accord's transmission broken?

Is my Accord's transmission broken? [more inside]
posted by gyusan on Mar 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me figure out if I need to replace my car transmission!

How do I know replacing my 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer transmission is the only option? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Mar 8, 2011 - 8 answers

How much to expect for a car with no transmission?

How much can I expect to get for a car with no transmission? [more inside]
posted by sanko on Feb 14, 2011 - 9 answers

2001 VW Golf caught in flooding - now difficult to change gears

My 2001 VW Golf (1.6l manual) was caught in flash flooding on Friday. The car stalled in water that came up to a couple of inches past the level of the bottom of the doors. The car was in the water for about 15 minutes before some local residents helped me push the car out of the water. Luckily, the car started and I drove home. The next day I found it was (intermittently) difficult to change gears. Is it possible that water could have got into the transmission or some other part of the car effecting the transmission? Or is this just a coincidence and the well know problem with the Mk4 transmission has happened? Any advice is appreciated.
posted by hithere on Feb 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Would you buy this used Toyota Corolla?

Would you buy this used Toyota Corolla? I've got a line on a 1997 Corolla with 150k on the engine, but the transmission was replaced five years ago (after dying at 125k) with a used transmission from JapanDirect. That transmission now has ~75k on it, in addition to whatever it had before it was installed. I'm having my mechanic look at the car this week, but have no idea if any of this is a warning sign. Is JapanDirect reliable, in your experience? Would you buy a used car with a replacement transmission?
posted by mediareport on Jan 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Seeking info on Ford Country Squire transmissions.

What was the last year that the Ford Country Squire wagon was available with a manual transmission?
posted by jpallan on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Looking for an ideal spot for driving lessons...!

Where can I find an ideal and expansive place in or around Baltimore to teach someone how to drive manual transmission safely? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Dec 14, 2010 - 18 answers

Conventional wisdom lets me down...as usual.

I thought a 5-speed manual always trumped an automatic for mpg, all else being equal? [more inside]
posted by bricoleur on Oct 5, 2010 - 25 answers


I am far from home and my truck is acting up. The speedometer has started flailing around wildly and every so often we'll feel the kick of the transmission (automatic) shifting or falling out of and into gear. I think the problem is electronic as every so often the speedometer starts behaving normally and the transmission settles down and behaves normally. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Aug 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me choose a car. I need shift paddles.

I need a car for traffic, but don't want it to bore me to death. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Jul 11, 2010 - 22 answers

rough ride

'97 Corolla rumble: I think the transmission or clutch is suspect. What should this cost to fix, and are there more durable components that could be installed for future driving? [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Jun 30, 2010 - 9 answers

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