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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Is it safe to drive a car that has a broken suspension spring?

Yesterday I was driving home from work and heard a loud noise which I can only really describe as a "clang". After looking at it today, it looks like the spring for the front left (passenger side) ...
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What damage does a car suffer if not regularly used?

Sometimes I use the car on daily basis, but there are months when I don't use it at all, and it sits parked outside for 5+ weeks, with the battery disconnected. (Main reasons: working from home that ...
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Is a tire with exposed wire safe to drive on?

This is my front passenger tire. As you can see, there is a large crack where you can see wire underneath. I ordered new tires that are supposed to arrive on Friday, however, I still need to get to &...
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How does raw fuel damage the catalytic converter?

I was wondering, if fuel gets in the catalytic converter, how does it damage it?
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What could be a likely cause of unusual "torque steer" after repairs?

I have a 2012 Dodge Avenger SXT. Recently, I had a collision with an inanimate object which damaged my front-right tire and rim and also caused some very minor body & paint damage. Immediately ...
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Does stopping the engine while it is still moving/turning damage my car?

I was having a discussion today that turning off the engine while still moving along at about 20mph, while the engine is still revving will do no damage to the car, apart from the obvious safety ...
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Will slamming doors shut damage my car?

I hate it when people slam my car doors shut, as I am convinced that they will bend and will create wind noise. Is it bad to slam car doors? Will it cause the doors to bend?
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Do I need to replace both front struts if one is OK

I have a car that is 7 years old and unfortunately hit a curb which bent the front strut on the drivers side. Do I need to replace both struts? Or just the damaged strut? It is similar to this ...
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Does wheelspinning damage my car?

Apart from the tires, if I pull off quickly and I wheel spin, do I cause any damage to the internals of the car? Obviously I don't mean reving it to 4k+ and then dumping the clutch, I mean speeding ...
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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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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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Hit a curb today, taking a chunk out of the tire and some damage to the rim. Is it still safe to drive? [closed]

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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Will driving through puddles do any damage to my car?

I've often been told that driving through puddles (anything from a small one to 3-4cm deep) can be bad for my car, and I shouldn't drive through them. I know about aquaplaning, but is there any other ...
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Tyre with a cut or crack

I noticed a small cut(or crack) on my FRW.Its not deeper than 1mm and I do not see any wires nor I have any pressure leakage. Is it ok to keep using them?They are for winter and I am using it only 4-5 ...
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Out of round wheel?

I have a '99 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS that has a terrible vibration problem that occurs at all speeds, with it being very bad on the highway. During turns, it gets worse then better, as if both front ...
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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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Does rolling forwards while in reverse gear damage my car?

In my 2003 Opel Agila, I rolled forward about 2m with the clutch in while still in reverse gear, and my transmission made a whining sort of noise. The clutch was fully in at this point so I have not ...
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Effects of driving through deep water WITHOUT hydrolocking (car still bogged down and died)

So, yesterday we had very heavy rains, and unfortunately I was driving in an unfamiliar area of town. I drove through high water, which caused my car to sputter and so I turned around. The car behaved ...
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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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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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Do long blasts of the horn damage it?

I have recently had to blast my horn for about 2 minutes while I was driving. Got me wondering: Does using the horn for long periods of time damage it/wear it out? 2003 Opel Agila
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What does paint failure look like?

My car's paint looks bad and I'd like to repair it, but I'm not sure what it is called. I know there are different types of paint failure, what do they look like and what are they called?
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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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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 ...
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Foot slipped off clutch while downshifting. Damage?

I have an '08 Honda Fit with a 5-speed manual transmission. I hit a steep hill earlier today and decided to downshift from 3rd to 2nd, so I didn't ride the brake for several miles. Before my RPMs ...
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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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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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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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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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I've just been rear ended. How can I check for damage?

Somebody drove into the back of my 2003 Opel Agila at about 5-10mph. There is no damage to the bumper apart from a large dent but I'm worried there may be hidden internal damage. What can I do to ...
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How does a 'very small stone' hit on the windscreen creates long cracks coming out of it?

Recently I got my windshield hit by an extremely small sized stone. Gradually that small hit created a long crack on my windshield, it's been a month and I guess the crack has stopped with the ...
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Fiat Punto Door Dent

I recently dented my Fiat Punto Active 8v 3 Door Hatchback. I'm looking into buying this dual suction cup to remove the dent. With the severity of the damage, do you think I'd be successful with such ...
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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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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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Toyota aygo damage repair

I damaged my Toyota Aygo Spice Edition, on the left rocker panel because I had a flat tire. Also the 14" alloy wheels (6-spoke) is damaged and needs to be replaced with a new one. Would it be ...
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Car declared a total loss, what do I do?

I recently sent my 2007 Honda Accord LX 94k miles into the shop after getting rear ended by someone who was texting and driving. I got a call from the shop saying that it was declared a total loss. ...
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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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How do I check the exhaust system for damage after being rear ended at about 5mph?

After my last question, where I was rear-ended at about 5mph, I was told to check my exhaust system for damage. However I know nothing about to look out for. What should I look out for? What common ...
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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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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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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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can starting a battery dead car cause damage to anything?

I just imported car from japan, I had to drive 1000km from shipping port to get it home. Problem is Battery turned out to be plain dead. I stopped once at the fuel station and couldn't get it back ...
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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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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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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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Does hitting the exhaust on bumps (Bottoming Out) damage my car?

I see hundreds of exhaust scrapes on speed humps and things, or general gashes in the direction in which cars travel over them. Does hitting the exhaust on bumps damage the car? It's probably ...
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Does fire damage the electrics of a vehicle?

I have a bike but the question is also for a car of my neighbor. Both are parked in the garage where, sadly, some moron proved his moronity by doing something moronic, which caused a fire to flame. ...
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2015 jetta on highway in wrong gear

I'm embarrassed to say that I accidentally drove my 2015 Volkswagen Jetta in S gear under the D on my automatic, on the highway. The car was running smoothly, so I didn't notice until I heard a ...
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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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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 ...