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

Asked by NoCatharsis (207points) 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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