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Harm caused to a part of a vehicle either by engine malfunction or physical abuse, as in the case of an accident or a careless mechanic.

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Toyota Vitz (Yaris) 1999–2005 broken side marker mystery

Today I found my Toyota Vitz 2001 car like this: The side marker was broken to pieces and I found it on top of the hood. I initially thought that the connector was missing too (see reference image ...
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Why would it be "unwise" to drive a car after water has got inside the passenger compartment?

The Guardian has a consumer piece on a hire company generally being awkward when one of their cars was caught in a flood. The final statement about driving it after the flood struck me as kind of the ...
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Very little oil, engine starts and there’s ticking, topped up with oil but the car loses power still. Is it fixable?

My 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE has been experiencing issues with losing power. The engine started ticking this evening, and the vehicle was struggling to start. I managed to get home but we discovered it ...
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damage done by wrong coolant

Engine takes silicate-free coolant, repair shop has put in 3l of some coolant containing silicates. I have run it for some 300 km in two weeks: first 100 km the way picked it up from the repair shop ...
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Overheating engine after hard run?

I came across this paragraph in my car manual which states the following: "If the engine has been driven hard for a long period, the engine could overheat when it is switched off. Risk of engine ...
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What can cause two deep "stepped" grooves in a rotor?

I have a Civic with a little over 20K miles with the original brake pads and rotors. One of the rear rotors has "step-like" grooves on the top and bottom. I visually inspected but can't ...
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Applying handbrake when car is barely rolling

I am a new driver and at a parking booth, I was trying to get a ticket. The car started to roll a little bit and my fellow passenger applied the automatic handbrake abruptly. Can this cause any ...
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Is this damage from incorrect rim installation serious?

Update: I've had it checked out by a local workshop, they said it's all good. Follow up to this question. When installing my steel rims, I've stupidly put the wheel nuts on backwards. It was possible ...
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What are ways to prove this?

Bad gas? What would I look for? Specifically, what are ways to tell if it was bad gas that killed an engine, cylinder, cat? Whether it be poor quality fuel (diluted, water or other), or even, Improper ...
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2022 Ford Maverick XL Rear end damage

The bar protruding towards the tire - What sort of repair would I need?
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What is the damage causing and caused by, a diesel run-on?

I recently learned the hard way about a phenomenon known as "diesel run-on", or "diesel run-away"! I have a 20 year old Mercedes Sprinter, but with only 80,000 miles on the clock. ...
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Should I be concerned about a bent metal bar on the underside of Ram Promaster City?

Today while driving around sunny Tucson, a javelina met an untimely demise at the hands of my 2018 Ram Promaster City. It was a bit of a strange collision with me essentially just driving over it at ...
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2011 Jeep grand Cherokee , 30,000 Klms calliper damaged new pads/rotors?

I had both front and back brakes replaced 9 months ago. Ive done 30,000 km since and I am being told the calliper failed, and burnt the new brakes out. Thee was no warning light or leaks. It'll cost ...
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Dangerous for wheel to sit in deflated tire over night?

I popped the front driver-side tire of my 4 door sedan by putting a tear in the sidewall. I am unable to replace the tire until tomorrow. Will letting the car sit with a deflated tire overnight damage ...
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Damaged battery cable repair

I noticed an insulating tape on a cable coming from the battery on my used car I bought recently and opened it up to find this: Is there a hazard to the cable or components if I keep the cable like ...
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How can I clean an egg from the windshield and from the body of a car?

Somebody very successfully egged (as I now learned the term for this obscene phenomenon) my car last night, while parked in an unknown neighborhood. Reports are coming that multiple cars were targeted ...
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Does parking my car with 2 wheels on the sidewalk and 2 wheels on the road cause issues in the long term?

Since there is no parking space at the place I’m renting, I have to park my car with 2 wheels on the sidewalk and 2 wheels on the road. This also includes going up and down the sidewalk with the 2 ...
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Parking damage-scraped wall or car?

I just realized (while taking my car out for the first time in a few days) that my car is pretty badly scratched. I didn’t see it until I was out but I am wondering if this could have happened in the ...
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Drove with parking break on [duplicate]

I just started driving and I was driving in the rain today so I was already anxious. I went about 30 minutes going 50-60. The total distance was 20 miles. After I fixed the parking break the breaks ...
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Do short throw shifters cause damage even if used correctly?

Assuming a driver shifts following all best practices applicable to shifting with the factory shifter, will using an aftermarket short throw shifter cause any damage to the transmission?
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yellow oil pressure warning light gone off without doing nothing but then I ran 1000km and found low oil level

some weeks ago I saw a yellow oil pressure warning symbol and I move the dipstick up and down then it gone off. As I am not a Car guy I didn't check the oil level because I don't know how much it ...
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Can the OBD II used for emissions testing cause damage to engine or electrical system?

We recently took our 2016 Ford 10 cyl. (Motorhome) to our mechanic for oil change and check up, prior to big trip. Everything looked great and vehicle ran great before and after this visit. We then ...
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Will regular slamming of car doors cause damage during the lifetime of the vehicle?

How long would door slamming take to affect the regular functioning of the vehicle in any way, and are there any ways to find how many door slams a door for a particular individual make/model can take ...
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I need help with 2009 Buick Lucerne- Engine and Oil

I have a 2009 Buick Lucerne. I have recently realized it has been dripping oil. Thought it was another car and it is not a lot of oil. Anyway, this prompted me to check the oil level. I usually do ...
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Flat tire with sidewall damage, slashing or driving damage? [closed]

my friend woke up and found his tire was flat in his driveway
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Damage to front end suspension [duplicate]

This is a duplicate of a question I posted a month ago. The answer I got stated that I could get a better answer if I provided pictures of the incident. I have attached a picture in hopes of getting ...
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Spilled lemonade in central console

I put a large styrofoam cup into my cupholder which then developed a hole and spilled all into my cupholder. The liquid overflowed from my cupholder under the center console. I took the center console ...
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What are the possible causes of wheel damage

I have recently bought 4 new 18 inch wheels for my car. Just now, a week later, I noticed two small damages. This week I didn't park near curbs and drove very carefully as I knew how easily the wheels ...
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My tire sidewall was damaged. Chunk taken out. Can I repair and keep or need to replace? [closed]

I just noticed a chunk of tire hanging on my sidewall and a large abrasion to the rim. The height is 1.5 inch and width is 1in. The tires were just purchased 2 monthsstrong text ago. If I have to ...
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Trunk Lid Rust Removal worth it?

My car's trunk lid has a nasty rust spot. My Dad recently asked me why I don't just sand it down, bondo and paint it and that probably isn't a bad idea. The thing is that from the outside it looks ...
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Does small chip on a tire merit tire replacement [closed]

while cleaning the car I’ve noticed a small chip on a front tire. It looks like it was created after close encounter with a pavement curb. The tires are new and done maybe 300 miles. The chip is of ...
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Does the electrode of a spark plug break when the engine runs too hot?

I have an Audi A5 1.8 TFSI Sportback from 2011, bought it recently (4 months ago), which ran fine until two weeks ago. The engine went through diagnosis and the operator showed a broken spark plug to ...
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Parking damage - scraped wall or car?

I just realized in a public parking garage that my (new) car is pretty badly scratched. To the best of my knowledge, I didn't scratch, scrape or touch a wall/pollard or even a car. Is it possible to ...
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Damage to low profile tire upon dismounting [closed]

I took my car to get the summer tires changed out to the winter tires. Upon dismounting of my tires one tire ended up with a tear at the bead. The technician said the damage was not caused by him ...
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Can I repair this sidewall damage or should I get a new tire? [closed]

I hit a curb this morning at pretty low speeds and was thinking that I should be able to repair the damage with rubber cement or something like that but the more I was reading online about sidewall ...
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Door speakers rain damage

I recently installed new front door speakers in my 2009 Cobalt, and they've sounded great until a rainstorm we had yesterday. Now, they are much quieter (when I fade the audio all the way to the rear, ...
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Can stickers and metal badges be removed without damaging paint?

I see a lot of people who has stickers and metallic badges on their car paints and I really want to put some on my car too. But I fear I might damage the car paint when I have to remove them one day ...
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Why does low-speed preignition occur at low rpms?

Why does low-speed preignition occur at low rpms and high load a.k.a engine lugging?
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Tire damage. How bad is too bad? [closed]

THE MECHANIC AT MITSUBISHI SAID I'M NOT LEAKING AIR SO I SHOULD BE OK...what do you think? I asked to buy one tire because sadly that's all I could afford right now on short notice and he says no, due ...
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Possible water damage from puddles?

Recently drove through what I thought were two shallow puddles this morning. I saw another vehicle like mine actually get stuck after I went through. Now granted his suspension was modified as the car ...
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Electrical issue - Honda

A few things recently happened. About a week ago I drove through some flood water, probably high enough to out the exhaust system under water. There are also a few things I've noticed while at work ...
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Sidewall rubber cut off damage

Hi Should i consider repairs or something for sidewall rubber cut off? I was driving this weekend 130kmh~80mph no problem was manifested.
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Car written off, one year later appears later as taxed. Cause for concern? [UK] [closed]

So about a year ago my friend's car was hit by a hit-and-run driver. When the damage was assessed, police advised that the car was a write-off. She called the insurance and they got people to tow the ...
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Mechanics left the cap off my radiator. Can this cause proven damaged to my engine?

I had a service done on my car I drove my car home (40 min drive) and noticed the heating wasn't working. I checked under the bonnet the next day and there was no liquid in the radiator reservoir and ...
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I drove my bike without engine oil for 100kms at 80kmph after which it made a shrieking sound and stopped

I purchased a Hero Achiever 150. Bike had many issues in it like not accelerating over 7000RPM while riding, which was complained and sorted out in 2nd servicing. Then suddenly while riding bike to my ...
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Windshield vent

I just bloody spilled a full medium cup of hot chocolate down my 2002 bmw sport station wagons windshield vent. What do I do to clean and what should I look out for damage? Help me please. I am not ...
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What happens when one hugely exceeds towing capacity of an electric vehicle?

I've came across stunts with Tesla X towing huge weight: over 100 tons of muck and even a Boeing Dreamliner jet. I haven't found any clue as to one or the other video being rigged, so I assume the ...
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Disintegrated differential bearing: can it be blamed for pinion clanking over the ring gear?

I guess so, but would like to hear other opinions: this car transmission (Fiat 126p) comes with the gearbox and differential in the same unit. When driving it, and more precisely when turning a corner ...
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On a V6 engine is it OK to replace one head and not the other?

Situation is the cylinder head of a Mitsubishi 3.0 liter V6 engine was damaged after sucking a washer into the intake manifold. Question: is it OK to just replace the one damaged head or do both ...
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LED headlight set?

I have a question; my car is 2017 Hyundai Elantra. The output of halogen lights is not good on the highway. I really can't see the road and my car is new and under the dealer warranty. I decided ...
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