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2003 Honda Civic steering problem after collision

Based on the pictures that you provided, there are three things that are clearly damaged right off the bat. Your lower control arm is broken. This is the mechanism that houses your lower ball joint ...
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Does stopping the engine while it is still moving/turning damage my car?

What will happen is dependent on the configuration of your vehicle. Automatic transmission - Due to the torque converter, the engine will just stop. This is bad for the transmission, because the ...
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2003 Honda Civic steering problem after collision

I agree with resident_heretic - DO NOT drive the car again until it has been properly repaired. It sounds like you have multiple bent or broken suspension parts, and if the crash was bad enough to ...
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Why would it be "unwise" to drive a car after water has got inside the passenger compartment?

If water had indeed entered the electrical wiring, then turning the ignition on would then apply power to the wiring. This would then cause electrolytic corrosion to start eating away at the ...
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How does raw fuel damage the catalytic converter?

A catalyst is a chemical that contributes in a chemical reaction but remains unchanged after the whole reaction is complete. In a catalytic converter platinum is the catalyst that converts unburned ...
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Does rolling forwards while in reverse gear damage my car?

Absolutely not. There's no issue here. The engine/transmission were not coupled. There was no stress on the transmission. It just was running backwards from what it usually would. Really, it's no big ...
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Damaged battery cable repair

You need to replace the cable as there is corrosion inside of the cable. There is no way to get rid of the corrosion, so replacement is your only option. The corrosion increases resistance going ...
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2003 Honda Civic steering problem after collision

Everyone else has said it already, but to reiterate: DO NOT DRIVE THIS CAR ON PUBLIC ROADS! This car is a danger to yourself, and everyone who shares the road with you. Continuing to drive this ...
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2003 Honda Civic steering problem after collision

Based on what I could understand of your description. I am surprised that that the vehicle would move let alone be driveable. Despite what your stepfather said I would strongly advise against driving ...
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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?

I highly recommend having the tires replaced. Even if physical deformation/damage is not evident from a visual inspection, there could be damage to the internal structure of the tire, like the steel ...
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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?

The chunks taken out are not affecting the integrity of the tire. Since there isn't any structural damage to the tire you should be fine. If you feel some vibrations in the steering wheel after the ...
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Why would it be "unwise" to drive a car after water has got inside the passenger compartment?

Depending on how deep the water was, it might also have gotten into the engine. Starting the engine causes the 4-stroke cycle, "suck, squeeze, bang, blow" to start. The "squeeze" ...
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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 would advise you have the brakes checked over.. Depending on how hard the handbrake was on and how hot everything has been.. You may just have worn down the pads/shoes a little, however a bigger ...
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Is this damage from incorrect rim installation serious?

The main reason for the cone shapes on the wheel nuts is to stop even the smallest amount of rotation of the wheel relative to the hub. Without the cone, each time you accelerated or braked, the wheel ...
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Why would it be "unwise" to drive a car after water has got inside the passenger compartment?

In addition to corrosion one of the main concerns is safety - wet electronics tends to go poof. Fuses are there for overload protection but that doesn't mean it will prevent damage to circuit boards, ...
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Is this cylinder head junk?

This, in and of itself, is nothing to be worried about. The reason I say this is, it is not part of the sealing surface for a cylinder. There is more than enough meat there to seal the cooling port, ...
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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?

TL DR: No. Throw everything you wrote about the voltages and such (in your second paragraph), because really it's kind of moot. The reason is, when you put the jumper pack on, you are putting power ...
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Flat tire with sidewall damage, slashing or driving damage?

The tire died of old age. He gave his life for the safety of the vehicles driver. Snark aside: Judging from the cracks that tire must be long overdue. Your friend can consider himself lucky. Should ...
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Can revving the engine in neutral cause damage?

It is indeed mostly a rumor, but with some background. Temperature The main problem is with the cooling. If you rev the car while standing still, the radiator will receive less air, thus it will ...
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Driving a car with four out of five studs tight on one wheel

No one is going to tell that driving with a missing lug nut for huge distances at highway speeds is a good idea. If the question was "can I drive to the shop like this", you might get some people to ...
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Disintegrated differential bearing: can it be blamed for pinion clanking over the ring gear?

In a word: Absolutely. The bearing you are pointing out is the carrier bearing for the differential, which keeps lateral movement (forward/aft) of the ring gear to a minimum (if not non-existent). If ...
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Applying handbrake when car is barely rolling

Can this cause any potential damage to the car? Almost certainly not. This is exactly what the hand brake (AKA the parking brake) is useful for. The brake stopped the car just as it was intended to. ...
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Is it safe to drive a car that has a broken suspension spring?

I had the same thing - a broken spring at a rear wheel. I did drive it a few months till I got to fix it (I was a student and I didn't have enough money at the time) but I did go slower and been more ...
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Driving a car with four out of five studs tight on one wheel

It'll be good enough to drive to the nearest tire shop, and ask them to sort it. Shouldn't be expensive/time consuming
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2003 Honda Civic steering problem after collision

I may be crazy, but in the second picture it looks like either: You only have two lug nuts holding that wheel on Two of the lug nuts are so loose they are about to come off. It's hard to tell which. ...
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Resolving rubber window seal damage

Without replacing it, there are few options. You would need heat to smooth the material back down. Using a heat gun sparingly & carefully may work, but doing so improperly would likely make the ...
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Plastic damage from throttle body/carb cleaner

Remove the grill, thoroughly clean it then spray it with plastic paint or even replace it. The damage caused by the solvent is most likely permanent.
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Plastic damage from throttle body/carb cleaner

As you found out, the warnings on carburetor cleaner to avoid contact with plastic and paint are for a reason. The black plastic looks faded, not necessarily an intended matte finish. Before ...
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The effect of hitting deep water hard

So, if it did not die in the water then the engine has not ingested water so that should be fine ( no bent con-rods etc). The impact may have damaged some of the front bodywork - but you don’t ...
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Tire damage needing replacement?

I would agree with the opinions you received from the tyre shops. What you have is a scuff on a part of the tyre that does not contact the road. The important thing is that no cords or belting are ...
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