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How to Take Rust Off Chrome
Chrome parts are installed on vehicles to give them a rich, elegant appearance. Decades ago, if your vehicle had bright, shiny chrome parts and accessories on it, you...
Is Rustproofing Your Car a Good Idea?
Rustproofing and undercoating your vehicle can protect it from corrosion and rust. This is especially important for the undercarriage of your vehicle, which commonly comes into contact with substances such as water, chemicals...
How to Protect Your Car From Rust
Rust on a vehicle not only looks unsightly, but also reduces the value when selling the vehicle or using it as a trade-in to purchase a new car....
The Best Tool to Heat Up Rusted or Seized Parts
A micro torch is a great addition to a mechanic's tool box. It can clean rust that has built up in various parts of a car.
How to Repair a Rust Hole in Your Car
A rust spot can cause structural problems. Repair a rust hole yourself to keep rust damage from spreading.

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Undercoat to prevent rust
Anything to cut off or slow the corrosion will help but may also cover damage from existing damage. The cost of undercoating is up to you, but it may not be worth it depending on how much you are being...
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Exhaust manifold pipe rusted off.
Hey there, thanks for writing in. You would need to have it metal clamped or welded on at an exhaust shop. Welding it will give you a better seal if the rest of the pipe is not damaged or rusted....
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Replaced the air conditioning line twice due to rust
Hello. I would suggest that you get the A/C lines replaced again. Next time the A/C is recharged make sure they completely flush the system by adding fluid back into it, as crazy as it sounds. It's possible to flush it...
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What are roller rockers for and what would cause them to have rust
Roller rockers are used to push down the valve spring with less resistance than a traditional rocker. The entire valve train should be constantly bathed in oil when the engine is running and the rollers could only get rust on...
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Air conditioner
When you wiggle the green wire, it allows power to get to the blower motor. You should disconnect the connector for the resistor and blower motor and check the connector for signs of overheating, rust, or corrosion. Repair or...
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Car overheating, rust-like residue leaking out
The engine may have a head gasket leak. The residue you see is from the combustion from the engine getting into the radiator cooling system. A combustion test done on the radiator should be done to see if you have...
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Extremely Rusty bottom
Although the bottom of the truck being rusty may not immediately be a cause for concern, over time, as you may know rust operates a lot like a cancer and will tend to spread rapidly eventually causing parts to break...
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Moving a rusted car
Hello. If it will not move because of the rust built up on the rotors and pads, then the wheels and calipers should be removed and the rust cleaned from the rotors and pads. This will help to free it...
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Rusted spring perches in front suspension are falling apart
Hello. When rust like this occurs, the only way to repair it is to take the vehicle to a frame fabricator, or by having the frame replaced. In certain climates this will occur if the frame is not protected with...
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Can an exited ring and speed sensor cause shifting problem
Hello. If a component rusted off and damaged the speed sensor, then yes, the vehicle may possibly experience issues shifting. The speed sensor plays an important role in the vehicle's shifting behavior, and can cause issues if it breaks or...
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brake line ruptures while driving in city
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2006 GMC Sierra 1500HD. There are a bunch of different rust protection sprays on the market. I've never lived in an area where rust is a huge problem, so I'm not sure...
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Minivan seized while driving 50 mph
Hello. There is a high incidence of this with Saturns, and no apparent "permanent" fix. Modern front wheel drive bearings are also (by design) sensitive to potholes, curbing, metal plates in the street - anything that is a shock load...
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water pump has rust around it. What does this mean?
Most water pumps are made out of commercial grade steel, which is not always rust resistant. In most cases, if the rust is spotty on the housing of the water pump, this is not something to worry about. However, if...
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I'm smelling gas - 1997 Volvo 850
Hi there and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The best way is to look in your owner's manual and look up the fuel tank size. Then remove the fuel tank from the vehicle to gain access to the fuel filler neck....
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Both rear tires will not rotate.
It's not unusual for brakes to basically rust "shut" if a car sits for a long time. The corrosion can be so complete, the car's wheels will literally be locked in place. If the wheels won't free up by trying...
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How to get rust off of my project car?
Hey there. This is one of the toughest decisions in starting a classic car restoration project. Rust is relentless. The absolute "best way" to deal with rust is to disassemble the car, have it media blasted, or acid-dipped, then immediately...
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My car has an electrical failure due to rain leaking inside, what do I need to repair?
This could end up being a costly repair unless the pigtail replacements for the wiring harness are available. First, the water intrusion has to be repaired. The water has to have been leaking inside the vehicle for some time or...
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Rust spots on Pearl Red hood - repaint whole hood or spot-fix
Hello. If the chip damage is already showing rust, you will want the hood properly re-painted, with rust-treatment of the damaged spots of course. The old adage "rust never sleeps" is true - if you have rust showing now, it...
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Broken front right axle
It is not very common for an axle shaft to rust through and break like this. If you live in an area that has a lot of moisture or road salt then it is important that you have this cleaned...
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Rusted brake line - 1999 Mercury Sable
Hey there. 3/16 inch diameter brake line tubing is used on virtually all cars and trucks made in the world. The more important issue is what type of end fittings you have and type of flare (bubble, inverted, etc.). That...

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