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Questions tagged [repair]

For questions related to repairs (fixing a failed or damaged component) or repair techniques, as opposed to maintenance (preventing failure).

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What to use to replace rivet on floor jack rear wheel assembly?

I have a CRAFTSMAN 3 Ton Floor Jack that I'm refurbishing. I've removed the rivets from the rear wheel assemblies to make it easier to paint. What should I use to replace the rivets? Part -...
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Got into an accident, at fault, don't have comprehensive, should I repair this or just take the loss and buy a cheaper vehicle? [closed]

As the title mentions, I got into an accident, my first. I wasn't driving recklessly, it was slick out and when I turned onto downward highway merge lane the car at the bottom was stopped completely ...
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Should I repair my car immediately or wait for it to totally die?

I have a 2013 mazda 3 with ~90k miles on it. It's having some transmission issues (slow shift from certain gears, intermittent whining, hard shifts). It's been doing the slow shifts for like 50k miles,...
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My bronco is having transmission issues

I have a 1996 full-size bronco with a 351W and an E4OD trans. I’m having to tach up to or past 3k rpm it to shift. It does way better in higher gears and reverse. Also, when i drop it into 1st and 2nd ...
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AC clutch doesn't get engaged

My 2007 Buick lacrosse was giving warm air when I turn on AC and I looked compressor and clutch wasn't turning so I thought I am low on refrigerant and went the shop did recharge and it was working ...
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Bit of a disaster with a paint job

Basically had a bit of an dent in my car when i brought it and I wanted to fix it up. I filled the body in with filler which worked well and had brilliant results, but when it came to painting it, it ...
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petcock and vacuum issues on motorcycle

I have a 2009 Honda shadow spirit. It is supposed to have a vacuum actuated petcock valve but the only way I can start and run it without hammering throttle or pulling choke is only if I disconnect ...
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Goof off or WD 40 to remove paint transfer on car bumper?

Some idiot rubbed against my bumper in parking and it appears that there is a paint transfer on my bumper. I have read certain threads on how to remove such transfers. Some people recommend Goof Off, ...
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Defective car or bad windshield repair?

I have a 2003 suzuki xl7. When my windshield got cracked by a stone on the highway, I had it replaced. It cracked at the corners and I got it replaced again. Same thing happened where cracks came in ...
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2007 VW Jetta - Key won't turn - Steering wheel loose - Stuck in park

The vehicle has done this a number of times until finally now, the key won't turn at all. What parts do I need, and do I need to make sure the new part is ''paired'' to our existing key/fob? Thank ...
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Will a hole in flex pipe or exhaust cause burned valves?

I bought a 300 5.7 hemi. It has a hole somewhere in the exhaust. I suspect flex pipe. Old owner said he's been driving it like that for a while. It's really Loud! Will it cause a burned valve? I will ...
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Patching a hole in a dirt bike exhaust

I have a 1974 Honda Xl125 exhaust pipe which has a crack in it. I attempted to weld the crack, creating a hole accidentally. How should I properly patch the hole? Here is a link to a photo for ...
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Does a motorcycle have less power when using a DC CDI?

I Have a motorcycle yamahat dt 125...123cc...The problem is that it has a very low power max it can go is 30 km/h,if you listen to it when accelerating it seems ok....I`ve tried every thing to fix it ...
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Sunroof cassette seized open, alternatives to expensive repair

I purchased a 2002 VW Golf this summer for $3k. When fall came around, the rain came, and we found that there were several leaks. The leaks lead to electrical failures. The worst of the leaks was the ...
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Will chip/crack still be visible after professional repair?

I had several chips on my windshield, one “bullseye” divot and multiple little starburst-shaped cracks. All were caused by roadway stones hitting the windshield while driving. All were between dime ...
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Need help prioritizing

So I just recently bought a used 2002 Ford Escape and took it into a Firestone to get a list of repairs and maintenance and I need help prioritizing because I'm on a very tight budget. They said ...
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Can you know the condition of a timing belt on inspection? [duplicate]

I've heard people say if you don't know when the belt was last changed sometimes you can look at the belt and tell what condition it is in and whether it should be able to last longer. However I've ...
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Flashing airbag warning lamp 1995 Mercury Villager

RE: 1995 Mercury Villager GS The airbag warning lamp continuously flashes at a frequency of "on-off-on-off" once per second. It began flashing after reassembly of steering wheel after a clock-spring ...
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Preventing Rust

Someone ran into my car awhile ago. After the claim went through, I had minimal repair done to my car because I’m getting a new truck in less than a year. As pictured below, there is a slight bit of ...
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How to add a 7th gear to a car to enhance fuel economy?

Let's say there's a 6-Gear manual transmission car, whose 6th gear equals 2000 rpm at 100 km/h (~60 mph). How can one theoretically add a 7th gear that can maintain the same speed at 1400 rpm in ...
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2000 Oldsmobile Alero stalls at decreased speed

I have a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero that has been stalling and sometimes dying at decreased speeds or when coming to a stop. I can be coming off a ramp on the interstate, coming up to a stop sign, or ...
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What happens if you do not replace a damaged steering rack boot\gaiter?

The boot\gaiter on my steering rack is loose and can be moved left and right so dirt and water can get in. It has been like this for at least 5 months. What damages might have happened or will ...
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Starter motor or Alternator?

Can anyone offer any advice? Got in my car on Monday and it was dead. I turned the key and there was no noise at all, but all the lights etc came on. No clicking or anything. I got a jump start and ...
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Hi I have a 1982 Honda magna motorcycle my rear wheel locked up while i was ridding

I have a 82 Honda Magna. I was riding down a hill and it just locked up on me. I skidded for about 5 feet and it wouldn’t budge. After yanking it back and forth for a while it broke free and I was ...
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Water damage underneath a car?

I recently ran through a puddle a couple of days a ago. The puddle wasn’t too deep, but I was going at least 40 in 30, but every time I make a turn, it sounds like a cranking or grinding sound now. ...
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How do I (permanently) repair this door?

The family vehicle out here is a 2010 Buick Lucerne. About two years ago, the left front inner door handle failed and was replaced. Ever since then, every few months, the left front inner door ...
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How and where do hoses connect and run on a 110cc Kazuma Redcat 4wheeler?

Bought a 110cc Kazuma Redcat, notice dryrot hoses so I took them all off. Needless to say I never got back to it right away, so I forgot where hoses go, run, and connect to proper parts and places. I ...
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How should I repair this cracked front lip?

The lip underneath my front bumper is hanging, it seems to be because it's cracked on one of the ends as you can see in the picture. will driving further cause it to get worse and so should I move it ...
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How to fix Car doors only lock and unlock when the key is in the on position in the ignition

I have a 2008 kia sorento lx 4wd and up until yesterday my door locks were working just fine but now they wont lock or unlock unless the key is in the ignition in the on position. I can lock and ...
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Do wheel alignments needs to be done after any repairs?

Are there any repairs which will cause wheels alignment to go wrong and so you should have the alignment done after the repair? If you remove the driveshaft as a result of changing inner and outer ...
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Ethanol or non-Ethanol?

Where I live gas is at $2.50 at 10% Ethanol at 87 octane and $2.90 for non-ethanol at 89 octane per gallon. I understand that smaller engines do not do well on ethanol. Is the loss of efficiency from ...
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How to fix loose car door panel upholstery?

Just bought a 8 years old car. Left door panel upholstery is loose though: https://imgur.com/a/vWGTI3H (top picture, compared to right door at the bottom). Is there an easy way to fix that oneself ...
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What vehicles are cross compatable? [closed]

When buying 2 salvaged vehicles, one totaled in the front and the other in the rear, to make 1 whole car where do I go to check the capability of 2 different years cars? What vehicles have the most ...
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Can I repair the rear wiper myself on my Toyota Yaris?

I have a 2nd-generation Toyota Yaris. Recently my rear wiper stopped working; it doesn't move when I turn it on. If I turn the wiper "on", then get out the car and walk around to the back, I can ...
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Ford Fiesta Titanium 90 TDCI 2008 Vents Only working on face blowers

I have a Ford Fiesta Titanium 90 TDCI 2008 plate. The other day I went to demist my windscreen and after about 4 minutes I was wondering why it was not demisting. I put my hand over the dash blowers ...
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How much to make these subtle scratches disappear?

I'm considering purchasing a car but it has rather subtle scratches on two spots: I don't have extra money to fix the scratches now but in the future, can these be fixed, how and more importantly at ...
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Consequences of adding Blue Devil headgasket sealer to a car with no obvious problem?

I was doing some general internet browsing and stumbled across Blue Devil head gasket sealer which advertises permanent fix to any head gasket leak. The reviews on the internet also seem to be quite ...
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Golf Mk5 2007: Driver side mirror field of view weirdly different after repair

I sent my 2007 Golf Rabbit Mk5 for repairs after someone clipped and damaged the driver side/wing mirror beyond repair. When I got my car back after the mirror was replaced, I noticed something seemed ...
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Does my 2005 Toyota Avalon not have an internal fusebox panel?

Here is by background There is a broken rear retractable sunscreen in my Toyota Avalon that makes a SUPER ANNOYING NOISE when the vehicle is put into reverse. I just want to disable the thing, and ...
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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. ...
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Repair work done after front end damage-condenser replaced- now compressor is bad-shop says it’s my problem

After 4000 worth of front end damage, shop gives car back and week later compressor is bad. Insurance company says no physical damage so no coverage. 1600 to replace on my 2012 vw beetle and I’m on ...
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Is it possible for a car's AC system not to have a dryer in the circuit?

I recently fixed a leak in my car's AC system and, prior to evacuating it in order to recharge it with fresh refrigerant, I looked to replace the dryer as recommended. I could not locate a dryer in my ...
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conrod bearing segments

I'm building a 1.9 td PSA motor, type DHX and ordering new segments I found the mark on all the segments on the same side, I've checked again and again and all indications are that the item ...
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Honda Contact Points Breaker Stuck Closed

In troubleshooting starting issues I found that the points breaker on my 1974 125XL is fused shut. Beyond soaking it in pb blaster (which has been my approach thus far) any recommendations for freeing ...
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20 Year old car. What should be replaced next?

I'm buying a Nissan Maxima 98 Auto. It has about 50k miles on the odometer. I'll put an engine pic just for reference, it was very well mantained. However, it is still a 20 year old car. What should I ...
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Flap on low profile Tyre - Can this be fixed

I hit a pothole as I was going round a corner at about 30mph, didn’t think much of it at the time, but when I got home I saw this crack/flap in the tyre, I have only recently got this tyre and have ...
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Trouble replacing my handbrake

I have replaced the handbrake cable on my Vauxhall Corsa and adjusted it from the inside of the car but the back brakes are still not working properly. Any ideas on how I can fix this problem?
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Why has paint started scraping off, how can I prevent it?

Here is a before and after I did of some damage to car. All I did was spray it black, I didn't apply primer before, no clear coat, polish or wax. I was scrubbing it in self car wash today with a big ...
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Hit a curb, the curb cut off a piece of the tire. Will it needs replacement?

I miscalculated the distance and hit a curb while U turning a few days ago, the curb cut off a small piece of the right front tire and scratched the wheel a little bit. I went to a tire shop one day ...
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Engine failed on 2013 subaru impreza (2.0L, non-turbo) CVT, need second opinions

A very close friend of mine recently had their engine fail in a 2013 Subaru Impreza CVT (2.0L, non-turbo) with around 85k miles. They came to me as their "car guy" but I feel out of my league, so I ...