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I hit an animal recently, it cracked my bumper. Is it any way related to suspension damage?
An impact from hitting the animal can do damage that's not obvious at first. Damage can occur to the frame, mess up your alignment, and a variety of other issues. You will want to examine the area that was hit....
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Stiff power steering after being hit in the front tire.
Hello there, many faults will cause the power steering on your 1999 BMW 323i to become stiff after getting hit on the front tire. The most likely would be damage to the power steering rack from the impact to the...
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Codes say evap leak, can a car accident cause it?
Hey there. Depending on the impact of the hit to your van, this may have caused some damage to the EVAP system. If you have an air leak on the EVAP system, then the MAP sensor will not be able...
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I got hit in the back. How much has my car depreciated in value?
Hi there. Unfortunately, the determine depreciated value of a vehicle is something that's nearly impossible to do without inspecting the vehicle onsite. Something like this is best left to a professional claims adjuster or one who is certified in that...
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Could my accident have caused motor mount damage?
Unfortunately, there is no definitive way to tell for certain if the broken motor mount was caused by the rear-end impact. It may have been possible in an extreme situation, but again, it would be hard to prove. If there...
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Front end damage from hitting a curb. Left front wheel/suspension damage.
Hi there. I'm sorry to hear about the damage incurred on your car. This task is best handled by a collision repair estimator at a reputable paint and body shop. They are trained to evaluate visible and not-so-visible damage, and...
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What do I need to replace? My car was in an accident.
The first step is to remove the radiator and inspect it. It is very likely that it has been damaged. Once you have the radiator and the fan out of the way, you can inspect the other components involved. The...
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Hit a car and want to know the best way to go about this persons repair.
This would all depend on the extent of the damage caused by the accident. If the paint damages on a very large surface it would probably be best to go through the insurance company to make sure it gets repaired...
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Bent front axle/tire
Hey there. You might be able to drive the car indefinitely at low speeds, say 35 MPH or below. However, if you are truly seeing that the tire/wheel assembly is out of position, the tire will be quickly destroyed, regardless...
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Car crash damage
Unfortunately, this is not a service that YourMechanic offers at this time. This task is best handled by a collision repair estimator at a reputable paint and body shop. They are trained to evaluate visible and not-so-visible damage, and the...
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Can a front end vehicle accident cause the crankshaft to stick?
Fault code P0015 has to do with with the exhaust cam timing. This fault is set when the engine control unit determines the exhaust cam is not in the position requested by the ECU. Possible causes can be oil flow...
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I just want to know if my car is repairable.
Hello, thanks for writing in. This depends on a wide variety of factors that would need to be evaluated individually along with the Jeep being physically inspected and diagnosed by a professional. If you'd like to have this done, I...
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My Jeep got rear ended and will crank over but will not run
Hello. You are on the right track, and it may very well be a fuel issue. Without some further testing, it's impossible to definitively say what the issue is. You will want to start by checking the fuel module....
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How much will body damage repairs cost to a 2013 Mazda 3 - right front door, right fender
For assessment and estimates on repairing bodywork, this task is best handled by a collision repair estimator at a reputable paint and body shop. They are trained to evaluate visible and not-so-visible damage, and the costs to repair. Contact a...
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Can my seat belt pretensioner be repaired, or does it need to be replaced?
Most vehicle manufacturers are very particular about most of their components, but when it comes to supplemental restraint systems (SRSs), such as air bags, pretensioners, and so on, they are most particular. While it has been some time since I've...
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Wouldn't start, just cranks. It's been happening since front end was damaged. Everything was fixed from the accident, what could it be?
Hi there. Check the airbag sensor in the front end of the vehicle. Since the airbag deployed when you hit a deer, the airbag sensor had to be compressed to make this occur. Make sure that the battery is disconnected...
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Possible effects of a crash from the rear bumper
Hello. Wrecks are always unfortunate. Your fuel tank is located at the rear of the vehicle, and part of that system may have been damaged. There are wires, fuel lines, and the tank itself that could be damaged. The best...
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A bunch of warning lights just came on following a minor accident
With the vehicle being involved in an accident, there can be damage to wiring and/ or sensors, particularly if the radiator was impacted in even the slightest. Make sure the coolant level is correct. Even with the level correct, there...
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Airbags were deployed after front end impact
Hi. When the airbags are deployed, all of the components to the air bag system should be replaced, including all the sensors, and all the airbags for the car. Also, some sensors may have to be reprogrammed to the car....
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My 2003 Subaru WRX crashed and my insurance is giving me two options.
I would recommend taking the $6000 and getting another car with the money. The body damage is only an estimate of the damages the body shop can see and estimate. There is always hidden damage the body shop cannot see...

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