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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Water Pump Belt
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How to Stop Rabbits and Rodents from Damaging Your Vehicle
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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.
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Potential 84 380sl will be at dealership for checkup tomorrow. Car has 95,000 miles, if sound I will purchase, what should I be m
Look for corrosion, improperly repaired crash damage, of course particularly on the frame, and other physical damage that is costly and burdensome to repair as well as any missing original parts. When you drive the car, ideally it should track...
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Possible left wheel axle replacement after a wreck.
Hi there. Check the vehicle underneath and look at the CV shaft axle. If the CV shaft is broken in two or bent, then the CV shaft is damaged. When replacing the CV shaft, be sure to check out the...
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Front end problems and I am a basic car mechanic. I do the easy work. I worked at a Toyota Dealership for a few years and never encountered this problem.
Hi there. Sounds like that the CV shaft is failing on that side of the vehicle. The outer bearing in the CV shaft is what you are hearing for the clicking sound. The bearing is probably dry and needs replaced....
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How do I know if the rear defrost module is bad?
Hi there. If you checked the fuse, defroster switch, main power tabs and the wiring but the defroster still does not work, then It is time to take a look at the relay. The defroster relay is normally located under...
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Striped out bolt hole on the distruption valve for brakes
Hi there. If you are unable to locate a specific valve for your vehicle and the dealership does not have the valve or the valve is no longer available, then you can visit LMC Truck to get the valve. LMC...
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I drove threw a flooded street and after that the car was sputtering and the AT OIl Temp light is flashing.now it's hard shifting
Having driven through deep water may have gotten the transmission temperature sensor wet and caused it to short out. The light flashing indicated a fault code may be stored in the engine or powertrain control module. The sputtering can be...
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Got hit in left rear and it looks like axle is bent.
Hi there. A vehicle collision can cause more than simple cosmetic damage, especially if the impact was at the right angle. If the tire is crooked, the damage may be a broken strut mount assembly or lower control arm. This...
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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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What is the average life expectancy of window motors? Should I file a replacement with manufacturer?
Assuming an "average" number of uses, the normal service life of ANY power window motor and assembly will well exceed the value of 2 years and by orders of magnitude. Therefore, your motor has failed early, there is no question...
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2004 Nissan Xterra rotor is not turning
Hi there. It does sound you have a broken timing belt. But before you immediately go out to replace the timing belt, the cover should be removed and the belt inspected to confirm that it is actually broken. Even after...
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About 2 gallons of water spilled in the cargo space (trunk) and now the speakers do not work and the DOS system is malfunctioning
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. You may have either got the speakers in the back wet with the water or some wires were exposed under the carpet in the trunk space and caused a short to the speakers. Check...
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Part fell in engine are
Typically, a magnet is used for retrieval. There are commercial retrieval tools, for example sold at Sears or Autozone. However, if you have a compact, powerful magnet at home, you can take a piece of long wire (12 or 14...
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I pulled too close to a concrete parking stall and scraped the bottom of the front bumper. What type of damage should I look for?
Hello. The extent of damage you should be looking for is relative to how hard that concrete blocker with hit/scraped. Its dificult to say which parts may have been effected without knowing where exactly the vehicle was hit. The radiator...
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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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A car for sale has had "storm water damage". What is the worst that I can expect?
Hi there. The worst thing you could run into is having to replace everything electrical that came into contact with the water. You could also have a vehicle that was removed quickly enough to avoid many of the water intrusion...
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Car won't start I can hear it trying to crank. I've just replaced the alternator and battery it just won't turn over...
This suggests that the motor have run out of oil. When the oil pressure gauge reads zero, this means that there is not enough oil pressure inside the motor to properly lubricate engine components properly. When this happens, you may...
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My system says there is water in the fuel
Hi. Yes, water in the fuel will cause knocking. I would advise doing a fuel system maintenance - drain the fuel system all the way to the tank, including the tank. This will get rid of any water and contaminated...
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Is it possible to crack an engine block by flushing the radiator?
Hi there: Is it possible - certainly. If the engine block is hot and the coolant being flushed is cold, it's actually rather simple for small cracks to develop inside the water passageways. It really depends on the condition of...
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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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The gas cap on my car broke off. (The black knob you use to screw in the gas cap.) The gas cap is stuck securely in the fuel neck. How can I remove it?
Hi there. To remove the gas cap that broke off, get a pair of needle nose pliers and use it to remove the gas cap. Try to locate a part of the gas cap that you can grab with the...

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