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How A Ford F-150 Aluminum Repair Cost $17,000 And Took A Month

Ford says their certified repair centers can fix the 2015 Ford F-150 and its all-new aluminum body “no problem.” But this crazy story of a month-long job and an unbelievable service bay bill — $17,000! — proves there are still some serious challenges to getting this truck back on the road after an accident. » 7/23/15 3:39pm 7/23/15 3:39pm

Should I Repair or Just Replace My Old Car?

Dear Lifehacker,
I love my car, but it's getting on in years. It's paid off, which is great, but even routine maintenance now runs me a few hundred bucks, and the mechanic is always upselling me on additional repairs that are hundreds more dollars. Is it time to just retire my ride and buy a new car, or should I stick… » 4/29/13 1:22pm 4/29/13 1:22pm

At About Half A Million Miles Make Sure To Inspect Various Components

I've had my daily driver 1973 Volkswagen Beetle a very long time. I got it right before I left North Carolina, where I grew up, to go to college. Before I left the Pine State, I had the car serviced on a few occasions by a local repair shop, Webster Import Service. My mom still takes her Passat there. » 9/20/12 1:30pm 9/20/12 1:30pm

A Very Jalopnik PSA: Torque Your Lugs

Many times the only sign that you've neglected the proper maintenance of your vehicle » 11/20/08 4:00pm 11/20/08 4:00pm is something important falling off, . Jalopnik commenter started off to work one morning only to have his wheel exit stage left shortly after takeoff and quickly make friends with a nearby bush. Thankfully, the only damage is a bent…

Google Street View Captures Automotive Improvisation

If we've learned anything from Google Street View, it's that something is always going on in this crazy country of ours. Whether it's flashers, crashes or shootings, the roving cameras tell us that not everything interesting happens indoors. This is especially true for the automotive enthusiast that lacks a garage,… » 6/03/08 12:30pm 6/03/08 12:30pm

Project 1964 Lincoln Continental: A Tale of Two Bondos

Using bondo is something nobody likes to have to do. The stuff is an admittance in your failure of metalsmithing mastery. Still, Bondo is no wussy taskmaster on it's own. It requires a steady hand and a sense of surface space, gradient approximation, and speed - or more appropriately, the sense of balance between… » 12/03/07 10:00am 12/03/07 10:00am

Project 1964 Lincoln Continental: Fuel Line Funhouse

Nothing says I love you like a puddle of gasoline on the floor in the morning. A couple of days after fiddling with the inner fender business mentioned earlier, I walked into the garage to the overwhelming smell of dino juice emanating from a spot directly under the inner fender. That'll show me. Taking the panel back… » 11/07/07 12:30pm 11/07/07 12:30pm