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r/Cartalk is the original Reddit auto repair community, with over 31,000 subscribers and growing. We look forward to helping everyone with their car repairs and questions, but please take the time to read this sidebar.


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Content Guidelines

Please be polite. Treat those asking for help with respect, and answer without bias toward them, their situation, or their knowledge (or lack thereof) about the repair issues. Also respect those that take the time to answer questions and remember that many are professional mechanics, who normally get paid very well to diagnose automotive repairs.

This subreddit is MAINLY for specific DIY mechanical-type car repairs. "X is broken, how do I replace it?" "Y is making noise, what should be inspected/replaced to resolve it?" We're here to help you fix your car on your own, but not to assist in negotiating with mechanics (this is business/life advice, not repair advice) or to perform non-repair related modifications. (you're better off finding a manufacturer specific forum)

Get OBD codes! If you have a Check Engine (CEL) or Service Engine (SEL) Soon light on, get the codes read and have them available if possible befoer posting. You can have codes read at Auto Zone, Pep Boys, O'Reilly's, etc., for free in most states. Write them down. They will have a letter followed by four numbers, for example "P1234". You can get a code reader that works with 1996 and up vehicles for about $15 here: http://amzn.to/2oPuRo1 It will let you read and reset the codes.

Some examples of things that are NOT GENERALLY ALLOWED: links to articles or videos that are for profit, professional-level body work repairs, detailing or cleaning questions, aftermarket car stereo questions (/r/CarAV), car reviews (r/Cars), new & used vehicle recommendations, price comparisons for tires, stereos, exhaust, etc, or parts searches (where do I get a ...?), and especially questions regarding cost of repairs or the legitimacy of a mechanic's quote. *

Remember that posting here is not a substitute for using Google. Most repairs have already been covered multiple times somewhere in great depth that will satisfy your needs. YouTube has many helpful topics.

If you still aren't sure about something you are about to post, please look at the links down below for other subreddits that might be better suited for your question, or message the moderators.*

Have as much information as you can about the issue before posting. Attempt to investigate the repair issue on your own. Take pictures, crawl under the car, look under the hood. By making a good attempt to narrow down where and what may be causing the problem you save those trying to help many steps in diagnosing the problem. Be sure to also include the year, make, model and engine size of you car in your title, along with your main issue. For example "2003 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L exhaust manifold bolts rusted off" would be an acceptable post title. If you do not take the time to include this basic information your post may be removed until it is revised.

Report posts and comments that fall outside the guidelines. By actively helping the moderators with this you ensure that the r/Cartalk community continues to be a worthwhile and knowledgeable resource for car repairs.

.Also check out our friends at:

  • /r/autos
  • /r/classiccars
  • /r/drifting
  • /r/Topgear
  • /r/trucks
  • /r/dodge
  • /r/mercedes_benz
  • /r/Saab
  • /r/Subaru
  • /r/Nissan
  • /r/Datsun
  • /r/performancedriving
  • /r/AutoDetailing
  • /r/partscounter
  • /r/whatcarshouldIbuy

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