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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
643 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
81 views

1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia - What is this part / portal on the body?

Curious as to what this circular port is on our 72 VW Ghia. There is a matching one on the opposite side. There appears to be a bolt immediately opposite on the inside panel but I've not attempted to ...
2
votes
1answer
5k views

Roof is rusted and pitted - Use Flex Seal?

Will Flex Seal spray work to "fix" a vehicle with a rusty and pitted roof? By "fix", I mean: Keep all water out Keep the rust from spreading
2
votes
1answer
58 views

Can I have bodyshop made the frame symmetrical without putting parts on?

I have a small crash and front bumper, hood was damage. The frame inside is also bent. My budget is tight so I can't fix everything at once. Is it possible to ask body shop pull out the frame to its ...
2
votes
3answers
851 views

Lifting primer and paint around sanded areas

I am in the process of painting some plastic parts(fog light cover) on my Toyota Camry. I started with sanding the plastic to prepare it for the primer layer and while doing that, in some areas I ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

BMW E30 coupe rear side window frame

How can I put the rear side window's lower frame back on?
2
votes
2answers
46 views

Car bodywork welding: Is that enough penetration for a panel repair?

I'm practicing welding with the purpose of doing some bodywork on my own car soon, and lately I've been working with flux cored MIG (gasless MIG). I've some scrap 1.25mm (18 gauge) steel sheet, which ...
2
votes
1answer
74 views

Will pushing this dent out make the job harder for a Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) specialist?

I have a 9.5" x 7" dent on a front fender: Because it's right by the wheel well, it'd be easy enough to just reach behind and pop it out. I'm curious to try it and see how far that gets me. I also ...
2
votes
1answer
683 views

Side door impact beam damage

If your car (let's just assume some unibody sedan) gets hit in the side door enough to deform the side door impact beam, does that pose a serious threat to the future safety of the car (like in ...
2
votes
2answers
115 views

Is it possible to build a new car at home DIY based off an old car chasis?

So, I live in Mauritius and I am an amateur car enthusiast. I wanted to build a 450+ HP car in my garage (I, fortunately, have all the necessary tools). My plan is to buy an accidented car, strip off ...
2
votes
1answer
225 views

Jetta (Mk4) Body Repair

On a 2002 Jetta TDI, there is dirt collected at the bottom of the fender near the door hinge area. After removing the rotting fender, I find that there is some rust penetrating the structure below it....
2
votes
1answer
1k views

2019 Jetta - How to Remove Grille?

I just purchased a 2019 VW Jetta, and would like to remove the grille. (The car has a wimpy horn, and removing the grill would allow access to the space between it and the radiator/AC condenser, ...
1
vote
2answers
72 views

Best way to remove small dent from front side panel?

Not wanting to do any (more) damage here as I’m a complete body repair newbie so what would the experts do to fix this dent? Any tools I should look at?
1
vote
1answer
77 views

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.
1
vote
3answers
130 views

What is the side lining near the bottom of a car frame called

On my car, a golf rabbit 2007, there is a lining on both sides near the bottom of the frame. Its surface is rougher than the rest of the body panel surfaces Anyone have an idea what this part is ...
1
vote
1answer
67 views

Engine hood opening

Why most modern cars have engine hood cover that opens from the front while many older cars have it the other way around? I am interested to know what is the technical reason the car manufacturers ...
1
vote
2answers
62 views

Re-attach roof rack rails

I put a table on the roof of my 2000 Subaru Forester. I was a little too enthusiastic tightening the ratchets on the tie-down straps and the front of the rail which attaches to the roof pulled up. ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

Is this chemical residue on the car surface? If so, how do I repair this?

A couple weeks ago, I brought my car to a detailer. At the time, I asked the detailer to clean out some black marks that were on the white paint door surfaces on my car. I saw him use a pink bleach ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Seat belt / airbag light ON polo 2013

Hello I have a polo from 2013. I just inherited it from my grandfather, whom has not driven it that much. Most of the time it has been in garage. Only done 28.000 km After I got it a lamp started ...
1
vote
3answers
62 views

What do you call the part that covers the license plate light?

My friend has a 2012 Honda Civic and the license plate light cover falls off. I searched online for replacement and I can’t find the official term for it. Does anyone know?
1
vote
4answers
250 views

Can a car body get rusted?

I have a Toyota Etios Liva Viera Limited Edition car, which is going to be three years old next year January. It has run for about 3711km. Today, I noticed these spots on the car body: I tried ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

removing excess paint on a nick touchup

i dropped a spark plug on the fender of an $8000.00 paint job. i touched up the 2 nicks ,but have a little excess paint outside of nicks. any suggestions on how to remove the excess? i used a product ...
1
vote
2answers
24k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
13 views

Mitsubishi Lancer active 2012 body kit query

I have a 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer active which I have found to be quite uncommon however I don’t like the way the bottom of the from number tilts back inside so I was wondering if any of the Mitsubishi ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

Can I install a 2018 subaru forester bumper onto my 2016 subaru forester?

Can i install a 2018 subaru forester bumper onto my 2016 subaru forester? I like the style and it looks more sporty. Also, can i install the 2017-18 tail lights for the same car?
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Need help to fix code P2138 on a 2007 ES Lancer

This is a 2007 Mistubishi Lancer ES with a P2138 code. I have replaced the pedal sensor and a complete new throttle body and after clearing the code my engine light eventually comes back on and I ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

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.
0
votes
1answer
62 views

What is this material under car carpet, can I remove it?

Here is a pic of underneath my car carpet (civic vti 1999). I was thinking of getting rid of the carpet however I noticed a black rubber type material which gives off it’s own smell. I notice this ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Selecting a body for a sleeper

More specifically how do you determine whether a car's chassis can support the weight of aftermarket parts when building a sleeper. For example can you fit a v8 into a car that originally had an ...
0
votes
2answers
93 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Toyota crown body tune up

Is it possible to upgrade exterior looks of cars ? i.e. Upgrading the front look of a 2007 toyota crown to 2013 toyota crown From this look To this look Is there anywhere online where i can buy ...
0
votes
1answer
125 views

Welding on the battery tray

I need some help with welding the grub screws on my car. I want to welding the grub screws on the battery tray to hold the battery to stop the battery tray to being move about on the road surface. ...