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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Front coil spring broken and the part has been discontinued

My son has a 1999 Infiniti Q45 that broke one of it's front coil springs. It's near the bottom, so it still mostly works, but we want to fix it right. However, we have looked at multiple online ...
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Air chuck replacement

I have an air chuck similar to the one pictured. The gasket in the chuck at the end of the short hose is missing so it won't seal around a tire valve and as a result, cant inflate the tire. When I ...
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Added coolant repair to my car

I added coolant repair to my car. how long do i have to wait to add coolant into the tank? I’ve waited 20 mins after i poured the coolant repair in and the engine has cooled.
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Straighten Metal & Fiberglass Bumper

I clipped a concrete block at dead slow speed. It bent my rear bumper. This is the view of the full bumper now. You can see the "knee" I put in it. The bumper itself has a piece of angle ...
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What would be an ideal adhesive (or?) for this broken spoiler part on an ecosport v4?

This small "secondary under spoiler" ... Has cracked off and is dangling down. Obviously it's $18,000 to replace any spoiler part on a car these days so that's no good. Is there a ...
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Engine vibrating when idling after driving

I've recently had an issue happening off and on where the engine will begin vibrating when I slow to idle after driving. The issue does not occur during idle after turning on the car, only after I ...
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Can a mechanic reliably determine if a high mileage used car is likely to require major/expensive repairs in the near future? [closed]

I need to buy a car and I can't afford a new one, and since my anticipated use is very light, I don't even want or need one. I live in the county (so no public transport) and I just need a second ...
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How can I understand if my 2008 highlander sport has regular or sport tuned suspension? [duplicate]

I just bought a used 2008 highlander sport AWD. How can I make sure if it does have a regular or sport tuned suspension? I want to change it's front struts and don't know what exact part should I buy?
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How should I find a mechanic?

I am a new student in the US. I bought a used car and it seems it needs a strut change. But I don't know how things work here or how to find a good (and affordable) mechanic near me. Should I buy the ...
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2006 ford explorer 4.6 v8 radiator replacement

I am installing a new radiator and so far everything has gone smoothly but i cannot get the feet to line up with the slots that they go into on the radiator bracket. It feels like there is a lip that ...
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In a moldy car with electrical problems, to protect the future technician, should the mold be cleaned before the electrical repairs are done?

I have a sedan that's been sitting in a parking spot since before Covid. It initially laid idle because of a battery drain. It killed 4 batteries in a year. Multiple service calls were unable to ...
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Should I discard my tire that was repaired using a rope plug? [closed]

Last week, I found my RAV4's tire had gone flat flat. The culprit: a bolt in the middle of my tire's tread, right in a tread void. I had a rope plug kit (something like Slime Tire Plug Kit) and ...
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Is there a standard for how much oil should be added after replacing the high-pressure hose and accumulator/drier?

The high-pressure AC hose on my 2003 Subaru WRX has developed a leak, and I need to replace it. I also plan to replace the accumulator/drier at the same time. It appears almost no oil was lost from ...
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Can gasket sealant be used to seal friction fuel connections?

I have a two stroke trimmer with a plastic fuel tank and plastic fuel lines. At some point, these lines have been replaced with new lines that don't quite fit in the holes the old lines did (~0.5mm ...
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2006 KIA wouldn't stay idle after each fueling (only)

After fueling, my car engine wouldn't stay idle after turn the key to start the ignition, it always die-out immediately that require a restart. On the restart, I need to peddle the gas pedal with one ...
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Should I accept this help in fixing a 1" hole in my radiator?

My car broke down, in a cloud of steam, and I found a hole on the top edge of my radiator, about the dimensions of a vending machine slot for quarters. A co-worker offered to help, bringing a 2" ...
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Replaced ignition coil pack - should I replace spark plug too?

My engine was recently misfiring and I replaced all of the spark plugs as a first attempt to get things working. It did not fix the problem, and the misfire continued. However, I did notice that for ...
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Where do I stand on a misdiagnosis when I've already paid for the repair and driven the car home? [closed]

last week I couldn't get my car to start I had it towed to a national known Auto repair chain they had it for five days couldn't figure it out. so I had a towed to another shop when I called and the ...
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Instrument panel display broken, cheapest way to access information?

The LCD panel of my Mercedes Benz A140 recently broke down and is impossible to read now: Since this is such an old car, I don't want to spend money on expensive repairs, e.g. sending the instrument ...
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Auto acceleration Kawasaki rouser 135LS

After starting my motor it’s auto acceleration for a while and then it came to back to normal after That only I can ride Is that any problem?
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Remove metal sock from Honda Civic 2006 handbrake lever

I've got a Honda Civic 2006 and the handbrake lever cracked near the top. I've got a new button assembly off ebay but it seems as though the old part has snapped off inside the metal lever. To access ...
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Metal fuel lines jiggle (wobble)

The other day I found out that the fuel line and breather line (both metal hoses) are jiggling (quite much) at the back (for example if I jiggle them above the rear stabilizer bar). There is also a ...
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I got a wipe stuck/ clogged in the Air-filter holes need helpful advice

I was changing/cleaning out my Air filter inside my 2004 Chevy Classic and as i was cleaning it out i notice the box where the air filter gone was very dirty so i wiped it with a wipe and it fell ...
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P0491 Secondary Air Injection System Insufficient Flow. Stumped

My VW CC 2010 is having a CEL with the code P0491 which means the pressure sensor is not detecting enough air being pumped from the intake into the exhaust. No other codes. No problems since this is ...
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Is it possible to repair a newer lithium ebike battery with freezing damage?

I leant my bike to a family member, and he put it out of use for the winter. Unbeknownst to me, he left the battery outside in -40°F weather all winter. I came to pick the bike up this following fall ...
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Using parts pullers for the installation [closed]

Background: I have a car that is way overdue for replacement, 1997 Lexus ES300 that also recently had its compressor seize up. While looking for used cars, considering the limited travel nowadays I ...
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Potential issues with this car that passed by a flooded street for a couple seconds?

There was a day where it rained extremely hard like buckets of water at a time. It flooded like crazy in a matter of 10-15 minutes literally. The floods were insane and I panicked driving through ...
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Are these dents repairable using hot water and a plunger?

I'm looking at buying a car that has a couple dents in it because of its low price. The dents don't look too bad so I'm wondering if anyone with experience of fixing dents at home thinks that they're ...
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Tomos A3 K Starts but engine has no 'power'

So I recently inherited an old Tomos moped [Model A3K with an Encarwi carb] that has been sitting in a garage for a few years and decided to fix it up as a summer project. I've gotten it to start ...
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2011 Prius AC job

2011 Toyota Prius AC Job Never done one, any tips on how complicated it is. Evidently the compressor is an electric unit? I know the basics but do not have a charge machine, so its old school for me ...
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How can I repair this gouge in my Hyundia Ioniq bumper?

Below are a couple of photos of my rear bumper trunk on my 2018 Hyundai Ioniq after I was rear ended by a truck. You can see that there's a clear protictive strip that is gouged as well as the paint ...
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Can anyone advise me on repair options for my 2012 Subaru Impreza?

I’m a young woman wondering if my mechanics are taking advantage of me. Here’s the backstory: New Subaru owner here, living in western washington. I bought my Subaru Impreza for $4k with 143k miles on ...
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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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1987 dodge W100 making a loud tap/knock after rebuild

I have just finished rebuilding my 318 and have not even been able to move it yet, I started it and was hearing a very bad exhaust leak and tap. I put a left over gasket on the one side (along with ...
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Permanent repair on fuel tank

I have a 2003 Chrysler Town & Country 3.8L with a punctured (plastic) fuel tank. I cannot find a replacement fuel tank. ~4 months ago I used a repair kit. I cleaned the tank, used coarse ...
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I have a 2005 Ford Explorer that has a P0446 code that turnes the check engine light on,how do I repair this? [duplicate]

Check engine light is on, P0446 code comes up when diagnostic is done, vehicle is 2005 Ford Explorer, need to fix for emissions, need location on vehicle for me to repair
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2005 Ford Explorer check engine cod P0446

I have a 2005 Ford Explorer that has a check engine code P0446 which reads as Evap container system vent check malfunction. How do I repair this and where do I start?
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Car spray paint issue Please help | orange peel?

I had some scratches in the side of my car and I tried to fix them by sanding, spraying primer, basecoat colour then a clear coat to add shine. It came out looking like this and it is slightly rough ...
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Second hand camshaft from another bike - is it safe?

I slightly demaged one of the two threads used on the inlet camshaft for mounting the sprocket. To fix this problem I have purchased a second hand camshaft together with its caps (same bike model, ...
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Pitted Rear Bake Discs

Brakes are grinding on rear of new car - In poor condition and pitted (Car is 12 months old and done 6000 miles). Could the work on the rear pads be done under the warranty.
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My Toyota kills USB sticks connected to USB/AUX music port

I have a Corolla 2013 S. It's the second time happening. The USB stick was connected to the Audio USB/AUX port like always (#19 below). I was just trying to play some music, and realized it doesn't ...
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1986 El Camino: deprecation

I have a question about my 1986 el Camino, as relates to how much it has or hasn’t been damaged after a 6 month hiatus from action. Last July I bought a 1986 el Camino from a private seller. The ...
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Should I replace my Nissan now that it has a CVT leak?

I have a 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe. This was the first year Nissan released that model and it does have the fancy CVT for its transmission. I have heard all the horror stories of people that have had ...
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Should a completely flat tire be replaced? [duplicate]

My tire has been completely flat for possibly 4 hours in my driveway before I took notice. I've removed it from the car and will be taking it in for repair in the morning. Should I insist that a new ...
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How to repair this (PCV?) tube?

First, is this a PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve tube on the 2002 Chevrolet Impala? It is hard, non-flexible plastic with hard rubbery grommet-like inserts on the ends, with one side ...
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Stopping car break in

My ex boyfriend keeps picking my car lock while I'm at work. I work at a strip club and he comes in during the night, unlocks the door so anyone can climb in the car. Since it can happen anytime the ...
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Windshield replacement damaged molding?

I just recently had a windshield replaced by safelite. I noticed when I got the car back, both the driver side and passenger side plastic molding at the bottom of the windshield is separated about a ...
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Chrome Bumper pulled up in 2 spots where tow hook was used to pull it backwards by tow driver

Last year I was stuck in a driveway in snow and Ice and the guy with the truck just hooked their hook and chain to my chrome bumper where its raised enough the back door hardly clears it..I have to ...
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How to un jam air conditioner vents

Some how the air conditioner vents on the passanger side of the car became jammed and cannot move left to right and hence are locked in a near closed position. How can these be un jammed without ...
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Why there is ticking noise and turn indicator lights blinking in car while driving even if I'm not touching the lever?

I own a Tata motors Indica DLS V2. I've noticed that there is ticking noise (similar to the one produced during turn signal) and turn indicator lights blink while driving, even if I'm not even ...
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