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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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How hard is it to replace the EGR valve on my 2000 Ford Focus
Hi there. If the bolts to the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve are frozen in place by rust, you could put a small blow torch to the bolts and get them cherry red and then try to remove them. If...
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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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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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Used car dealer offer rust proofing.
Hi there. Rust proofing your vehicle is very important to prevent your vehicle from rusting or corroding. I recommend getting the free roof rust proofing for your vehicle. The dealership is advertising this for you to come in and get...
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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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Trying to remove the 2 upper bolts on my rear shocks that are rusted and stripped 2000 Ford Explorer
Hi - time to get creative - cutoff wheel, sawzall, cutting torch. Sometime, it is even necessary to cut an access hole in the panel that blocks your access, make your repair, then re-weld the panel you had to cut...
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when i brake on my 2008 550i bmw it sounds like a grinding noise in the rear around the middle. Do you know what it could be?.
Grinding, squealing, or other "noise" on braking is usually related to a brake pad/rotor contact problem. These surfaces "mate" when you apply the brakes and if there is scoring on the rotor, rust, dirt, irregular wear on pad or rotor,...
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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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Rustproofing & rubberized undercoating for 2 cars
Any part of the vehicle that has already started to rust will continue to rust underneath the coating no matter what type of coating is applied. Modern vehicles already have rustproofing applied at various stages of the production process and...
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undercoating
If your vehicle is already in service, there is probably some rust and corrosion already on the underbody. Undercoating is useless on those segments because the rust will simply continue unabated once coated. There is little, if any added benefit,...
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Need frame replacement due to rust and corrosion - Toyota
Hello - 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 shop...
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It's been raining heavly, and now I've got water coming through the flooring in my car, I haven't passed my driving test yet so it
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely going to need an inspection before knowing what the real cause of the water leak is. Rust can certainly accumulate on the bottom of the vehicle and allow water to...
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Rust under the truck
Just a quick note that most steel is made from iron and the color of iron is rust colored when exposed to oxidation. If your roads use salt during the winter then you will get accelerated oxidation on exposed metal....
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Can i bolt a sheet of wood underneath my car to prevent rust?
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Wood absorbs water, and due to that physical trait, you should not use wood to help prevent rust damage. This will instead hold the moisture close to the metal components and influence them...
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My brakes / calipers are rusty and now are leaving rust stains on driveway. How can I stop this? 2007 Nissan Frontier
Hello - I'm speculating you live up in the snow belt where salt and other corrosive chemicals are dumped on the road, and cause rust and corrosion. Unfortunately, the only real way to stop the rust stains you mention are...
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It has 240,000 miles on the body but I have a reman tranny and engine. What's the best method for undercoating/rustproofing. 2002 Ford F150
Hello - at this point in the game, I would go for the oil spray. It will penetrate any corrosion (and pretty-much arrest it) that might be present. Any "coating systems" that you apply may encapsulate some of any existing...
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Rusted subframe and rack & pinion, leaking struts - worth fixing?
You must have been driving in some extreme conditions to have so much rust that it needs a new subframe. If the only thing you need is a couple of struts and a rack,then it would be worth it to...
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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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