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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC High Pressure Hose
Check for noticeable damages on the hose or any leaking issues. A failing AC high pressure hose may cause your entire AC system to fail.
How to Repair Scratches on a Car
Fixing car paint scratches can be easier than you might think. Inspect the scratch, clean your car, and use a touch-up kit to fix scratched car paint.
Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Car From Sun Damage
We all know that sun exposure can harm our skin, but did you know the sun’s rays can also damage your car? When you leave your car in the sun for extended...
How Much Does Physical Damage Affect the Value of a Used Car?
So, you've found the perfect used car. The color is right, it has navigation and even a sunroof! As you walk around it in awe, daydreaming about taking it down the highway with...
How to Inspect a Used Car For Damage
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How to Check for Water Damage in a Car
When you are looking for a used vehicle, it is wise to stay away from vehicles that have had water damage. Water is an enemy of cars in many ways,...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Water Pump Belt
Common signs include cracks or frayed nylon cords in the belt, squealing noises, and a burning rubber smell from the engine.
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Windshield Washer Nozzles
Common signs include washer nozzles only spraying a little washer fluid, mold in washer fluid lines, fluid leaks, and physical damage to nozzles.
How to Find Car Insurance Records
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What Are the Benefits of Having an Engine Rebuilt Instead of Replaced?
Rebuilding a damaged engine may be a more economical option than full replacement. In an engine rebuild bearings, gaskets, and seals are replaced.
How to Stop Rabbits and Rodents from Damaging Your Vehicle
While at first seemingly innocuous and innocent, rabbits can do significant damage to the wiring and lines in your vehicle. Along with rats and other rodents, rabbits like to get into...
How to File a Claim When Bad Roads Damage Your Car
Potholes and rough roads can damage car tires, wheels, and exhaust. Gather evidence and documentation to file a car insurance claim for road damage.
How to Reduce the Damage to a Flooded Car
Flood damage can greatly impact the function and value of your car. However, there are methods to preserve your car and minimize the amount of damage.
How to Choose the Right Body Shop
The right body shop repairs damage to your car after an accident for a fair price. A good shop uses high-quality paint and OEM replacement parts.
5 Essential Things to Know About Potholes
If you drive through a pothole it can damage your car. Never speed through potholes, and check for suspension damage if you hit a pothole on the road.

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Upon hitting a curb, a piece of aluminum with foam on it ( about the size of my hand ) ripped off of my 14 focus. what is it?
If you hit a curb hard enough to cause a splash or heat shield (or bumper fascia component, if it is that) to dislodge, I would be more worried about damage to the tire, rim, and possibly the suspension, particularly...
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2004 saab 9-3 linear . glass mirror plate fell off of the passenger side
To request an exact repair quote please click on "Get a Quote" at YourMechanic's door mirror replacement service page. If you desire to attempt the repair yourself, and your existing mirror is not re-usable (that is the glass cannot be...
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Loud bang from front wheel and the wheel locks up in reverse. It didn't show signs of a bad cv shaft. binding or hub bearing?
Hitting a pothole can damage wheel bearings. Basically, the force of the impact causes the ball bearings to get driven into the bearing race and cause indentations in the race. Then the bearing eventually becomes noisy. You could have damaged...
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Tick in drivers side gets lower after warm up
In your initial question, I did not know that valve damage occurred as a consequence of a failed timing belt replacement. The 4 valves that the shop "claims" were damaged might merely represent what they "think" was the extent of...
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This situation happened to me and I drove it to a mechanic. He said I had no coolant and my engine is blown, that I need a new eng
Overheating, if severe enough, will damage an engine. The term "blown", though, is not a technical term and thus means nothing in particular except that the engine, according to that mechanic at least, is "damaged". Typically, in the worst cases...
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my car has theissue that it often lose power steering suddenly while turning.nothing leaks but there's clunky noice when turning
The only way to determine if the collision caused damage is to carefully MEASURE the alignment and, as well, the frame dimensions using a tram. If those steps have not been specifically taken, what the mechanics have told you about...
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There's a bolt broken off the rear upper control arm the cross member
It depends. If only a bolt needs to be replaced, the price "sounds" high but even that response is speculative because there might be a lot of disassembly work to get to the bolt and then, of course the wheel...
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Food was stuffed in my gas tank.
Gasoline vapors are highly explosive so the very first thing to remember is if a "repair" involves the gas tank, exercise extreme caution. In this circumstance, for instance, do not use a vacuum to retrieve the foreign matter as that...
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if the mechanic broke the water pump bolt while trying to remove it- who is responsible to pay for the repair?
A 2011 model year car is "generally" too new to have a bolt so stuck that it is broken on removal. It is possible the mechanic encountered a stuck bolt but simply used the wrong technique to remove it (common...
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What would cause an oil gasket cover to crack? I mean a big crack and not one but 2 covers?
Typically the causes of plastic cover breakage are overtightening of the fasteners used to retain the cover and/or if the cover mounting surface is distorted. The tightening torque is in the low inch pounds and if you don't use an...
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Had harmonic balancer replaced twice in 3 months, one week after fixing it the 2nd time the engine threw a rod
The only way to determine what is broken, and who is potentially responsible or at fault, is to physically examine the engine. Speculation in the absence of a physical, on site examination is not going to help you. If you...
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Car tilting after going over curb and impacting tree at 10 mph. Bumper bar is damaged, bumper arm broken. Side of impact is higher
The frame and/or suspension components have been damaged. To determine which will require some measurements and inspection. If all the damage is suspension related, that is assuming none of the sub-frame is damaged or the suspension mounting bosses, it is...
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back windshield broke will leaving it in the rain cause any damage to the car? besides the seats getting wet lol
Hello, thank you for writing in. Typically there are a few things you want to be concerned about. The seat may be in the path to get wet, but the rain can blow in effecting front seats and other components....
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Replacing alternator on my 2000 Rav4. Is there a bolt under alternator on bottom left?
The adjusting bracket has one bolt, Toyota Part number 91621-60845. The adjusting bolt that you broke is part number 90119-08299. This bolt should not bottom out so you should check for the possibility that the belt is the wrong size...
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Cover guard under my vehicle is tore only near engine no scratch or damages to any other part of cover nor front of bumper how ?
If there was no impact causing the cover to dislodge, it is possible that the cover has simply "pulled through" one or more of the fasteners. The cover is plastic and so the bolts holding it on bear on a...
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Was driving then car would not move found 2 silver balls under car bearings i quess put it in gear and car will not move
If the balls are roughly 3/8th inch in diameter, they come from the CV joint at the end of the axle. The CV joint may be broken which would explain why the car won't move. Replacing the axle is a...
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Is it possible to open my radiator cap too often - to the point that doing so can damage it?
Hello, thank you for writing in. If you are not doing any damage to the cap when you remove and replace it, the cap will likely be fine. However, any time you mess with any component over and over again,...
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I purchased a Used Car from Carmax. I was told on Monday that they could not get the title and had to turn in the car to the aucti
Hello, thank you for writing in. This is a legal issue that is above the advice and services that we can give. You should check with your local courthouse and see if there are any legal advisers you can speak...
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My power steering just stopped working as o got stuck in the snow just now
It's possible that the front suspension and/or the steering rack sustained damage during this incident. The only other potential cause is a power steering pump failure and/or a failure of the drive belt. I recommend you request a power steering...
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Hello my car had its steering rack replaced 5 months ago the garage never put the heat shield back on and now the steering rack is
Hello, thank you for writing in. The shields that are mounted on the bottom of the car provide the most protection from water and road debris. While they do provide this protection, failure of the rack and pinion should not...

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