Questions tagged [body]

The part of the vehicle which surrounds and encapsulates the drive train and occupants. Is usually made out of metal, such as steel or aluminum, but can be made of fiberglass or even plastic. Can be referred to as the "skin" of the vehicle.

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What's the difference between a Compounding, Finishing, Buffing, and Polishing pad?

3M and other companies make numerous different types of foam pads (links are to 3M products), Compounding Finishing Buffing Polishing What's the difference between these types of pads? How do I use ...
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Honda civic 2010 steering/body vibration after 99kmp

My Civic vibrates after 99 kmp every time. If I forcely give acceleration in that speed range, I observe the vibration is less. Whenever I take my foot from accelerator pedal, it feels like more ...
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What's the best body filler to paint a car

I want to fix some small scratches on my car can you give me some guidance on how I should proceed? These are my scratches. Rear bumper Door handle Front bumper. Here the plastic has a deep ...
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How to seal / repair large crack in bumper

A car was in a collision and the front bumper is dented inward and cracked, I'm guessing up to an inch wide. Is there a way to either fill the crack with some type of foam? (Sophisticated tools and ...
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Can polishing compound ruin my car's paint job?

I have my Mitsubishi lancer 2004 (silver) that was painted last year. Today I bought a polishing compound named http://www.abro.com/pc-310.html . I put a small amount of the polish on a cotton cloth,...
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How to remove the clips of the Honda Emblem. Safely

Can someone suggest me how to remove the clips/pins behind the emblem of the front grille of a Honda Civic 2014 EX Sedan. I wanna replace the grille because it's cracked. I saw many tutorials in ...
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What are the protrusions on a front-end bra for?

Every now and then I come across a car that has parts of its front covered in a leather-like tissue. Finally, I have learned that these things are called front-end bra or front-end cover. The linked ...
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What can be used to protect the under-carriage of a hot rod?

With a sand blasted cab and bed I am looking for a solution to protect the metal body of a C10 hot rod on air ride. I have looked into possibly rhino lining the under side of the bed and cab but I ...
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Paint peeling around body filled area 6 months on

I sanded and filled a dent in my cars plastic/foam bumper, applied primer and factory matched auto paint. This worked and look fine for about 6 months. Today I noticed the paint around where the ...
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Metal rubbing metal padding

I had a grommet inside my Tacoma tailgate that was guiding the opening rod from the handle to one of the side locking mechanism but messed up its housing in an accident so I can't really fit a ...
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Subaru Forester Power Tailgate won't open

When I press the power tailgate button to open the tailgate, it beeps 3 times quickly (and does not open). Same behavior when trying to close the gate using the button on the bottom (3 beeps, doesn't ...
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How do I stop my shock spring from rubbing?

I replaced the passenger side front shock on my 2009 Mazda 5 almost a year ago. It has been making noises, and upon inspection I see the coil is rubbing on the nearby metal. I don't know how to check ...
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Hatchback vs sedan snow performance

I haven't owned a hatchback and was wondering, holding everything else equal, if they perform better in snow than sedans.
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Which areas of a car is most susceptible to rock chips?

I'm looking at adding a paint protection film (aka clear bra) and come to realize the areas that requires coverage may depend from car to car (e.g.: Mazda CX-5 vs. Tesla). Different aerodynamics, ...
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Is there a way to check if you're being ripped off for accident repair costs?

I collided with the back of another car. I had a quote from a garage authorized by my insurer that seems large. The estimator made it sound a lot more serious than I expected. He says it's going to ...
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2006 G35 - Body shop installed wrong front bumper

After getting run off the road a few weeks ago, my car suffered a cracked front bumper, and received a complementary boot-shaped, softball-sized dent above the driver's wheel. So, I called the ...
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Why don't car manufacturers treat rust-prone parts of a car with rust converter?

I see a lot of trucks with body rust around the rear wheels, and a lot of cars with body rust behind the front wheels and below the doors. I've been looking into trying to repair some rust on my car ...
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How to remove a tailgate strut that do not have a c-clip

I have a 2006 Honda Odyssey (Japanese Imported). I am located in New Zealand. Normally you would remove the strut by loosening the c-clip and easily snap the strut off. But my struts do not have c-...
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What is the plastic part under the front bumper of a 2007 Sentra?

I have a 2007 Nissan Sentra. The other day I was driving on the interstate and noticed a loud-ish vibration/noise coming from the front of the car. When I got home I found that the plastic piece ...
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How to ensure body repair parts will fit?

How can you ensure, when you are purchasing body parts online or from a vendor, that the parts you get are going to be an exact fit for your vehicle? I’ve heard horror stories of body parts not lining ...
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How should I remove stickers or pinstripe decals from paint?

I want to remove a dealer's sticker from my car. The sticker is on a painted surface. What is the best way to do it? Could I remove pinstripe decals in the same way?
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Repair or replace rusted rear wheel arches on 92 Civic?

The wheel arches on the rear fenders on my 92 Civic are badly rusted out, which seems to be a common problem. I've seen replacements you can weld in at very reasonable prices, but I have no welding ...
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Most acceptable way to get parts off another car?

I was in an accident about a month ago and I'm trying to figure out a good way to repair the damage (I'm a college student and the car has no collision on it, so having it fixed is gonna be tight on ...
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Is the wing (AKA fender) on a BMW 335d MSport attached by glue?

I have cracked my wing and discovered that there is glue under the wing as if it has been repaired before. The garage I bought the car from is claiming that it is factory fitted and that BMW use glue ...
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Replacing boot (tailgate/trunk) struts/pistons

The struts/pistons are no longer strong enough to hold the boot (trunk for americans) open. I went to buy one from the shop only to find the price was for an idividual unit. Is there ever a case where ...
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Will the firewall in my car deteriorate such that it will need to be repaired periodically?

I have purchased a Mazda 323 which has approximately 90k km on the clock. While driving in the rain some water will come in above the brake pedal, approximately 5 or 6 drops during an average local ...
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What are your main concerns when getting your car wrapped with custom-patterns?

Let's say you're getting your car custom wrapped. What would be your top concern when hiring someone to do the job? This would be a key area to filter when picking a service provider. Thanks in ...
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How to remove edges around body filler/bondo?

I have a curved area on fibreglass with a dent in it. I have filled it with body filler but when I sand it back there is still an obvious ridge where the filler meets the body. I have sanded it down ...
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Is it safe to take the paint back to the undercoat? (will it rust?)

I have a 94 Honda Prelude. The paint is absolutely shot from being in the sun too long. I was thinking about getting it repainted and sanding it back to the undercoat myself panel by panel to save ...
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BMW E30 coupe rear side window frame

How can I put the rear side window's lower frame back on?
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Replacing Vauxhall Corsa C (2002) rear fog light

I need to replace the right rear fog light in a 2002 Vauxhall Corsa C; not just the bulb but the whole unit. I'm looking for instructions on how to replace the lamp preferably without removing the ...
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DIY Panel Beating - Got any Tips?

Well recently I bumped into the side of a fence while reversing out of my drive way. It wasn't very fast but there is a huge dent on the rear left of the car. Luckily I missed the brake lights and the ...
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What skills does one need to have to get started in auto body repair?

I've been looking into a career in auto body repair and was wondering what sort of skills / knowlege one might need to get into this field.
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What's the name of the little plastic bolt (?) that is used by a passanger/driver to lock the door from the inside?

I'm talking about a (for example) seat/skoda/vw car, in which (un)locking the car from the inside requires the driver to press a locking bolt. Two of them broke in my car and I'm trying to find a ...
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Fuel door hinge got bent. Is there an easy fix?

I've got a 2006 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL and someone hit me (gently) on the rear bumper. It somehow managed to bend my fuel door's hinge and now the door doesn't open and close smoothly. I have to pry it ...
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What is the adhesive used to attach the gasket to the hood?

The Gasket that seals around my hood has come loose. There is the residue of an adhesive on the painted metal and the rubber gasket. What is this likely to be?
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How much do I need to sand before proceeding?

I noticed a few days back that the upper portion of my driver side back wheel has got rust. I took a sand paper and started cleaning it hoping to remove the rust and apply primer-paint on it but as I ...
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DIY: Can these dents be fixed?

I got a major sent of dents on my car recently from a side-collision with another car and have shown them in the pictures below. I managed to apply some primer and paint it myself temporarily but I ...
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Slight deformation of rear bumper

After a low-speed parking lot encounter with a brick wall, the rear bumper on my e36 m3 has about a 1" gap from the body panel right above it, on the right wheel-well. It looks as if someone facing ...

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