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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
Car accidents happen hundreds of times every day, and sometimes cars are repaired under-the-table without having been reported. Some cars get squashed while others are sold for scrap, but there are...
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
Buying a car is an exciting and challenging time. It’s possible to go through the whole process of buying a car, transferring the title, and obtaining car insurance without...
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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How much should it cost to replace the entire rear end? 2008 Toyota Yaris
Hi there - this task is best handled by a collision repair estimator at a reputable paint and body shop. S/he is trained to evaluate visible and not-so-visible damage, and the costs to repair. Contact a reputable paint and body...
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Solving electrical problem resulting from reversed battery terminals
Reverse polarity, at the battery, in a 12 volt electrical system on a car can cause a variety of effects including damaging the alternator, diodes and the numerous microprocessors on a vehicle like those in the powertrain control module (PCM)....
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Can a Catalytic converter break up little pieces and ruin your engine
It is not possible for broken off pieces from a catalytic converter to get into your car's engine and damage it. However, if your vehicle's catalytic converter is damaged, including breakage or melting of the internal honeycomb substrate that contains...
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Engine cut while driving, now dont crank.Cant turn it with hand.
Of course, first confirm that the plugs are correct for the engine. The wrong plugs, and/or missing crush washers, can cause interference with the piston. If the plugs are correct, the cause of the mechanical interference can sometimes only be...
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cant remove the battery
A bolt out removal socket, or a like tool, will remove the bolt or, at minimum, break the head off of the bolt so that you can remove the retainer. You can also drill the head off (using an appropriate...
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Tire Issue
If the bubble is caused by air leaking from the inside of the tire into the carcass or body of the tire, the tire could blow out without warning which is obviously risky. Bubbles are typically caused by manufacturing defects...
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Can up use gear oil in place of brake fluid
The brake system has rubber seals in it which are not compatible with mineral based oils of any kind. Introduction of these oils in to the master cylinder will cause the brake system seals to swell thus preventing normal operation...
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I put extra one quart of oil in my car. Is it OK to drive as usual?
The engine oil level should not be maintained above the "full" mark on the engine oil dipstick because such can result in a circumstance where the rapidly turning crankshaft entrains the excess oil and whips it up into a froth....
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Steering wheel does not return
Due to the collision the wheel alignment has been disturbed but to re-align the car it will have to be inspected for damage. In the course of an alignment the damage would become apparent because any damage at all to...
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I don't answer unknown phone calls so can you please send me an email for quote and a phone number where you are calling from?
In most scenarios, hitting a curb would not damage the CV boot although hitting a curb could result in damage to suspension components and misalignment if it is a severe impact. The circumstance you are describing with the grease on...
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Brakes not working
I would first look at the fluid level in the master cylinder. If the fluid level is low, there is a possibility that a brake line was damaged and now leaks, perhaps related to the car being towed. If the...
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Can an accident cause the alignment to be off and the front left strut to leak even when only the body was damaged visually?
If the speed at time of impact was over 10 MPH and you jumped the curb, the alignment can easily be disturbed not to mention the possibility, indeed likelihood if the speed was high enough, of damage to the unibody...
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My car was parked in my yard and it came of the curb hard ONCE. Could that be the reason why my brake lines failed?
If the brake part that failed is a steel tube and the tube sustained an impact and opened up, creating a leak, it's possible that going over a curb could do that. Brake lines to the rear of the car...
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What other damage can a locked up front drivers side wheel bearing cause on a Dodge Dakota 4x4
The likelihood of concealed damage depends on the circumstances surrounding the failure. For example, if the wheel locked at 60 MPH, it is possible that the powertrain and axle experienced unusual high loading. Although the vehicle has a differential there...
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How much will it cost to get the undercarriage repaired on a chevy corisca
The repair and refurbishment cost depends on the location and extent of the damage. In some circumstances, there is no economic repair available if the corrosion has proceeded too far. Usually, all of the brake, fuel, and vapor lines will...
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I hit a curb leaving my subdivision. I have 3 warning messages that keep popping up.
One of the data inputs to the AdvanceTrac stability control system on your car comes from the electronic wheel speed sensors that are installed at all four wheel positions. The AdvanceTrac sensor, and/or the wiring to the sensor, at the...
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What could be bent after being towed backwards?
If a vehicle hits something, or is damaged in recovery (towing), almost any part of the suspension can be bent or broken. In your circumstance, inasmuch as the tire wear is so extreme a mere visual inspection of the suspension...
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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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2012 fusion ddamage front pass side trunk shifted to the drivers side. Is this possible
Request that a professional alignment shop use a tram to carefully and completely measure the unibody and compare all such measurements against the data set out in detail in your vehicle's Factory Service Manual. Using that strategy it will be...
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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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