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What are the best sites or forums to get advice on automotive maintenance issues?

Asked by NoCatharsis (207 points ) January 19th, 2010

It’s hard to tell which advice to follow when given suggestions on car maintenance. For me, 9 times out of 10 the suggestions are coming from a mechanic who happens to have a financial motive backing his advice.

My second option would be to ask others around me – everyone knows a little something about car maintenance – but it may not be accurate, or it may have nothing to do with my specific model of car.

Speaking of which, I drive a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid. Where would I be able to get answers and information for the most inexpensive, but effective, car repair?

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andrew's avatar

Believe it or not, Fluther actually has had some great luck with car questions.

jerv's avatar

I find that most of the car sites have conflicting advice, missing information, and/or ar a bitch to find what you need unless you go to a forum that is 100% dedicated to your particular make/model.

On the other hand, there are a lot of knowledgeable people here that could help you out. Personally, I’ve replaced my own head gasket before, and I know enough that when diagnosing a 4th-gen Civic, the first thing you want to do is peel up the carpet in the front passengers footwell (the ECU is there and it has a blinking LED. Most times I’ve had trouble, it blinked 14 times: bad igniter module, which means replacing a little Lego-like thing in the distributor) so I might be able to help you myself, and if not then I am pretty sure that someone else here could.

So, what seems to be the problem here?

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

You can get user-to-user advice here.. You will find experienced DIY mechanics, although these forums tend to be dominated by performance enthusiasts.

jerv's avatar

I concur; it’s mostly people with Integras and the old Civics, “old” here meaning when teh Civic was known for it’s light weight and double-wishbone suspension (which is superior) at all four corners instead of comfort of fuel economy.

Still, they do know their Hondas….

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