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Questions tagged [damage]

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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Getting shafted by car hire company. Need help from A3 3.0TDi owner [on hold]

Wife & I went on a short break to Alicante in April. All went well caught up with an old mate and his wife. Dropped the car off at Sixt car hire by the railway station in Alicante - was in a bit ...
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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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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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Am I risking engine or other damage by “babying” a failing transmission?

The transmission in my 2002 Honda Odyssey is on the way out. When cold, it tends to slip from 2nd back to first and sometimes also does weird stuff in 3rd and ultimately goes into limp mode. I did ...
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How to repair plastic texture?

How can I repair the texture of the plastic? Got a little hit here on my rear bumper.
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Can reversing into another vehicle damage your engine or other vital components?

If you are reversing your car at a rate of about 5km/hr and you hit something in one of the following scenarios A) a stationary vehicle Or B) a vehicle moving into your rear at a speed of at least ...
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Tire damage needing replacement?

Today I hit a curb and scarred the sidewall of my tire. Hoping it can be repaired but ready if I need to shell out the money for replacement. Got a few opinions from other forums and a tire shop in ...
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Curb damage to my rim. Is this unsafe?

I just noticed this damage to my wheel rim. The damage appears to be more light gouges than just scratches. Is this something I should get looked at, or is it just cosmetic? Thanks]1
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Should I replace this tire?

I recently bought a set of new tires. A week later I had a nail stuck in my tire so went to a mechanic to get it patched. After the patch he told me I could still drive it if the Bubble does not get ...
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How come only one piston was damaged?

This is a 2007 Dodge Caliber 2.0 CRD (which uses a VW Golf 5 TDI engine). The valves on only 1 piston have come into contact with the piston, causing chaos in that cylinder. The other three are fine. ...
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How do I check my car for damage after hitting a huge pothole?

I live in Michigan where potholes are plentiful. I hit a big one the other day that really jarred my car. I don't see any obvious damage on or around the tires, but I'm not really sure what to look ...
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The effect of hitting deep water hard

Like other questions I've read before posting this one, I was driving through unfamiliar territory during a storm. I was coming down a bridge and it was dark and I couldn't see that the street was ...
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Dispute with insurance over broken tooth in power steering drive - do I have a case?

My wife was in an accident around August 22, 2017 in our 2010 RAV4. Another driver hit her from the side in the front right corner. The wheel was bent in. We got the car back around Sept 13th. They ...
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Honda Car Door Leather Tear and Restoration

I have a Honda with leather interior. Recently, there was an incident while carrying stuff in my car and the leather on the door got torn because of that. Here is a link to the pictures of the damage ...
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In what ways might car renters damage a car? [closed]

With regards to renting cars out, I'm wondering, besides direct damage like crashing it or hitting a kerb, what type of driving habits renters might have that might damage the car. I know people ...
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Can running a vehicle with a dead alternator solely off a jump battery pack cause damage to the vehicle's battery?

I'm a service employee for a highway assistance program. I came across a vehicle where the alternator had failed, and the vehicle drew all available power from the onboard battery, causing the ...
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Can I safely use E10 95 octane unleaded in motorbikes?

I live in a country where unleaded 95 octane fuel is disappearing in favour of its 10% ethanol-blended counterpart: 95 octane E10. The only non-ethanol unleaded alternative is unleaded 98 octanes. Now,...
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Damaged Tank, How did it happen

As the title suggests there was this dent on my motorcycle and I'm not sure what happened. Any help is appreciated
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Can an alternator be damaged from the shock of a low-speed collision?

I have a 2010 Honda Odyssey that was recently involved in a low-speed front-end collision. My vehicle was stopped at the time and it was struck by another that was accelerating from a stop (so I'm ...
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Identifying make/model from impact damage?

Is it possible to use impact damage on a car to identify the probably make(s)/model(s) of the other vehicle involved in the collision? For instance, say you have a car that has a pretty good imprint ...
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Does the cabin air filter protect anything other than my lungs?

I have a 2016 Toyota Venza. This is the last year of the Canadian model and I know there was not a US model that year. I park it outside and do not have anywhere to park it inside. When air ...
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Plastic damage from throttle body/carb cleaner

I didn't realize carb cleaner was so damaging to plastic and unfortunately left marks on my car's plastic grill. Notice how the matte-ish black plastic looks shiny like water was spilled on it, but it ...
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Could heat from a dryer vent damage the paint of a car? [closed]

Excessive heat can damage paint and loosen decals on a car. Automotive paint is extremely durable, designed to withstand a lot of punishment. However, like any substance, it has limits. Let us say a ...
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Resolving rubber window seal damage

The trim around my rear quarter window recently came into a disagreement with a pressure washer. At the very least replacing the damaged part requires removing the entire rear quarter window, ...
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Using a Paint Thinkness Gauge to Detect Collision Damage

I recently bought a CM8801-FN Paint Thickness Gauge, and would like to use it to determine if a car has had body damage. Basically, according to what I've read average factory paint thickness on ...
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Is this cylinder head junk?

There's a chunk of aluminum missing from the surface of my LS1 cylinder head. In the picture below it is located on the edge of the rusty looking cooling jacket port. Is this something to be ...
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Have I damaged my car by driving with handbrake, do I need to take to a garage or should I ignore for now?

I hadn't driven for a few years and just started driving again. At first all was well, however then I started noticing that the car kept pulling and was acting funny at times. At times I noticed ...
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Lexus IS F Curb Damage On Tire. Do I Need To Replace? HELP

I just recently curbed my rims on my Lexus IS F 250 every drivers pet peeve! The rim damage is fixable I know but my main concern is do I need to replace the tire? I see no threads , and there is no ...
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How I can tell if my engine was damaged, due to oil spurting out from a damaged oil filter?

Several months ago, my oil and oil filter were changed at Sears. Then all of a sudden my 2015 crv started making a noise. By the time I got home, oil light started flashing on and off occasionaly, ...
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Troubleshooting engine damage after radiator hose failure

My mechanic replaced my radiator hoses. 2 weeks later, one came loose and the engine overheated and died. It was put back on and 2 weeks after that, the hose began to leak. I brought it back and ...
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How can I repair my scratched dash?

The car is a 3-year old Volvo V70. I just discovered I have two scratches right across the center of my dash, in a prime position to disturb/reflect the speedo needle. It's literally something I look ...
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Keep car in best condition which is not regularly used [duplicate]

I often commute to my work using bicycle and public transport, and groceries and family visits are also done via bicycle and public transport. As a result, my car - Hyundai Matrix petrol car - is not ...
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Damage during jumpstart

I used my vehicle jump start another vehicle,the other vehicle started then died out, not cables remained on both vehicles for about 20 minutes before realizing the other vehicle died. Now my vehicle ...
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Could this be a defective new tire, only 5 days old?

Inside of front, passenger tire sustained damage to the side wall causing it to go flat. Wife swears she didn't hit anything other than running over the remnants of a tire from a truck on the highway. ...
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Hit a curb today, taking a chunk out of the tire and some damage to the rim. Is it still safe to drive?

Pictures: As you can see, it took a good chunk out of the tire, next to the rim. Unfortunately there's also quite a lot of scratch damage on the edges there. Is this still safe to drive, or should I ...
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Is there any good treatment for a speckled / pitted windshield?

My car is a 1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. It has the original windshield, and about 160,000 miles on it. The windscreen is covered with tiny little chips / chinks from debris hitting it for the ...
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One of four tires has developed a defect, what are my options?

I was about to install my winter tires when I noticed that one of them has developed two small bubbles in the sidewall since I stored them in spring. I would just replace it with an identical unit ...
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2005 Ford Focus, damaged front end

I am wondering if anyone knows what years, if any, are intake manifold runner control solenoids compatible with my 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 SE 2.0L? Also, is it a good idea to put on a salvaged one even if ...
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What's missing from my engine case?

Recently, I noticed a missing bolt in the engine case of my (carbureted) 2005 Honda CBF600SA and am a bit baffled as to a) how it went missing and b) what it holds together — can anyone help me ...
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2003 Honda Civic steering problem after collision

When attempting to pull forward car stops & wheel does this I have a 2003 Honda civic that was recently wrecked by my husband. After the wreck, my car was pulling to the right and my steering ...
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Engine oil light stays on for 4-5 seconds during cold start

I own Suzuki swift diesel. When I start the car in morning for the first time in day, the engine oil light stays on for 4-5 seconds after engine has started and then goes off and never comes back ...
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Overfilled the engine oil by 400 ml

I own a Suzuki Swift diesel. The engine is Fiat MultiJet 1.3 with engine oil capacity of 3.1 litres and I poured in 3.5 litres and drove for about 50 miles. Will this hurt my car's engine ?
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Can revving the engine in neutral cause damage?

I pulled up at a light the other day next to a kid driving (what I assume to be) his dads 5.0 Mustang. As he proceeded to bounce off the redline and roast away half the clutch when the light turned, I ...
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Driving a car with four out of five studs tight on one wheel

While prepping for a drive tomorrow I noticed the far side front wheel of my car has one stud out of five that is somehow loose. All other four studs are secured and tightened. By "somehow" I mean ...