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Do my brakes really need to be replaced due to rust?

It was suggested to replace my brakes as soon as possible due to them being honest heavily rusted. You can see a picture below. I'm not sure whether what I was told is right because, as I see, rust is ...
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How to deal with rust

I accidentally drove my car over a curb a while back. As you probably already know, the car suffered from minor scratches and dents on the bottom side, near the rear tyre. Now, I've noticed that it's ...
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What are the benefits to waxing a modern car?

I was taught that waxing a car helped protect the finish by preventing damage from the elements - water, salt, etc.. The first vehicles I owned (a 1981 Impala and a 1978 Thunderbird) developed larges ...
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Roof paint peeling badly, with rust -- what to do?

I've got a 97 Dodge Grand Caravan that's generally in pretty good shape, but the roof has started peeling badly, and a few spots have accumulated some rust. This is an old car with limited value, so ...
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Car Wash in Winter - Good Idea? / Bad Idea?

I live in an area that gets a fair amount of snow and ice, and so the winter months usually have salt on the roads. Presumably, that salt stays around as a dry crust or in puddles until the next ...
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How to remove broken bolt stubs from brake caliper bracket?

Here's the bracket from the passenger (right) side front brakes on my Subaru Impreza. Both (17mm) bolt heads snapped off when I tried to remove them using a socket using manual pressure only, no ...
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Oil spray against rust

How can I prepare car for winter in terms of anti-rust protection? Someone told me that I can spray car with mix of ATF and WD-40. This way oil can creep into all the small places in car's body and ...
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100 Scratches, easy fix?

My girlfriend parked her car (metalic blue Golf V) and took a piece of the solid pillar. So we have a bunch scratches on the left rear. It's about 100 tiny scratches, some are big, others smaler. Some ...
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Removing rust / prepping for repainting

I have several developing rust spots on my car. What's the best way to remove the rust / prep the surface? I picked up a wire cup brush with a 1/4", but it's limited to 4,500 RPM. My tool options ...
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How best to repair numerous small chips and scratches that are starting to rust?

I've bought a 20yo car that is in generally good condition but for a few chips and scratches along the front (I'm guessing where rocks and gravel have been flicked up over the years). Most of them are ...
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Is this rust around lug nut holes unsafe?

Stock steel rims on a 2014 Ford, bad looking (to me) rust around lug nut holes: What worries me is the flaking & raw rust right around the lug nut holes. I think some of it is from when I ...
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Rust Repair Advice

I have acquired a 2005 Mazda 3 sedan.Its a nice little car, aside from the atrocious amount of rust on it. The rust originated in the wheel wells, and that's where most of the rust actually is. ...
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What to do about this rust on trailer wheel, suspension and part of axle?

I'm working on my 9 year old box trailer (a Lynton Loadtrekker), replacing the rotten plywood floor. There is some rust - see the pictures below. I think this is a torsion bar suspension system (...
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Is this rust or not, will it spread, how should I repair it?

Hit a concrete pole and damaged my Hyundai coupe 2006. This is side view of car just under door where damaged has occurred. As you can see paint worked has been pierced and is showing some metal\...
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Cylinder sleeves mildly rusted after heads were off

I had my cylinder heads off for valve tuning for a prolonged time period so moisture got in and some very mild surface rust collected inside the cylinders whose pistons were not in TDC (4 out of 6). ...
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Rust on Vehicle Sitting for a couple of months

My vehicle is sitting outside for a couple of months, more precisely, since around April 4th 2021 when I drove back from a safety inspection. Back then, the shop that inspected it required me the ...
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Best way to remove rust from brake calipers without removing wheel

I have rang a few garages but none offer to remove rust from brake calipers, a lot of people say it is going to rust around there a bit anyway but I wanted to make them look shiny new for when I give ...
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What do do with a rusted (not seized) nut

A nut on my bike is rusted and doesn't accept a bolt beyond first few threads. What can I do about it short of grinding it off and welding a new one on?
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What is the right battery-powered pump to rinse salt off of a car before parking?

I am looking for the following pump to rinse salt off a car before parking. The effect of the pump would be no more than pouring water on the roof, except that it would spray it to cover a larger area ...
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How to avoid breaking rusty bolts?

Recently I've been dealing with some bolts that broke when I tried to disassemble part of the brakes on my car. Soon I'll also have to do the same service on the other side, and I also need to change ...
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