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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.
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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
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oil drain plug
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Oil on top of engine and car won't start
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Can I stop rusting without sanding down and painting my car?
Rust on vehicle sheet metal, and the frame, is extremely difficult to stop once it gets a toehold. To "stop" rust already present on steel, every last minute trace of rust must be removed and then the metal has to...
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What happens when a timing chain breaks?
Hi there. The engine in your vehicle is known as a interference engine. This means that if the timing chain was to break off, then the pistons will come in contact with the cylinder head valves and either bend them...
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My 2014 Honda Civic was in a front end collis if I try to start only give check warnings
The ECU is probably not physically damaged. Electrical damage to the ECU depends on the circumstances of the accident, that is what kind of physical damage was done to the battery, vehicle wiring and so forth. Short circuits, disconnection of...
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My car is leaking engine oil from under the car in a mass amount what could be causing this to happen?
The lower oil pan is an engine component that is close to the road and thus, if impacted, could be one possible leak point. Road debris impacting the oil pan can cause it to split, tear, or crack. Oil pans...
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How many mufflers and resonators do i need on my car? Can I take 1 off and it still be legal?
According to section eleven of the Utah Highway Patrol vehicle inspection standards any vehicle missing an exhaust system component or design feature, present at manufacture, will fail inspection. As important, the exhaust system of vehicles is designed to work with...
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windshield wiper
Hi...YourMechanic can definitely resolve this for you. Linkage replacement will depend on the results of an inspection of the wiper system. Your issue could range from just simply a need adjustment or re-attachment to replacement of broken parts. Assuming the...
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How much should it cost to replace the entire rear end? 2008 Toyota Yaris
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Solving electrical problem resulting from reversed battery terminals
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Can a Catalytic converter break up little pieces and ruin your engine
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Engine cut while driving, now dont crank.Cant turn it with hand.
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cant remove the battery
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Tire Issue
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Can up use gear oil in place of brake fluid
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I put extra one quart of oil in my car. Is it OK to drive as usual?
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Steering wheel does not return
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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?
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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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