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The only advice anyone could possibly give about this tire is that it should not be taken on the road. Out of respect for other peoples lives, the car should not be driven with even one tire like that on it.


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I would say this would be fine to drive slowly and carefully over short distances (I've had worse) - but things to be careful of: potholes speed bumps (seriously - watch out) cornering hard high speeds Also try and avoid braking or accelerating hard - gently come to a stop at lights etc as you want to avoid too much nose travel up and down. Get it to the ...


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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 and provides upright stability to the wheel. With it broken, the wheel "folds" under the car as there is nothing holding the bottom of the wheel in place. ...


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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 parts are moving, but the pump is not as the pump is run by the input shaft. This is similar to towing, where they typically recommend no more than 5 miles at no ...


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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 have done that much, there is a high chance the frame could be bent too (rendering the car irreparable) - get it properly checked by a competent mechanic to make ...


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As a general rule of checking, three things; the battery, anything that is rubber (serpentine belt, tyres) and the fluids (oils, coolant). Battery: Even if you disconnect the battery, it cannot retain all the juice inside forever and it will drain eventually. This will reduce its life. Engine: Your various belts and wires can get corroded if not used ...


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The short answer is probably not, but you are creating undue hardship on the internals that will likely lead them to fail earlier than they would otherwise. When you drive your car, you are putting wear and tear on basically everything. Driving your car harder (accelerating quickly, stopping abruptly) just adds to the wear you are putting on it. Even just ...


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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 hydrocarbons into H2O and CO2. If there is too much unburned hydrocarbons going into the catalytic converter, it greatly increases the temperature inside the ...


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I have lived under the impression that they will not bend as the entire surface of the door that touches the body would hit evenly at the same time along the entire surface. If you put a bar at a point on the surface near the hinge I imagine that the door would become damaged. damage I would worry about Door internals Window components and arms to raise ...


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Not sure how things work were you are. Here if you are rear ended, it is considered to be the fault of the person who hit you, so their insurance will pay for the damage. If this is the case, you might as well take it to a shop and have them take a look at it. I work on all my own cars, and don't like taking my cars to shops. I've been in several ...


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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 deal.


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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 anywhere until it is fixed. You would putting your life at risk in doing so. Sounds like multiple issues- linkages,tie rods, steering rack and pinon unit, ...


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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 car is irresponsible, and more than likely illegal depending on your jurisdiction. I imagine the damage is fairly obvious whether stopped or moving, and any ...


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Your car may have plastic guards underneath to stop water from spraying up on sensitive components, but everything under the hood is typically waterproof to some degree. That said, the only "damage" I have ever seen is the spray of water loosening or tearing off plastic guards that are not properly fastened or half-way ripped off already. The basic short ...


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In the UK, it would be illegal to drive on this tyre. Therefore, if you were stopped by the police, they would have the right to stop you driving further, order a tow-truck to collect your car and remove it. They could then fine you and charge you for the costs of towing and returning your car. I don't know about other countries.


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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 belts. A blow-out at high speed would endanger yourself and those around you.


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Tell your shop to try rotating the tires by putting both rears on the front and the new tire on the back. Maybe the difference in tread depth is more significant than they think? If rotating the tires doesn't fix the problem my guess would be that under hard acceleration that tire is getting out of alignment and causing toe out. For that make sure they ...


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Friends say that sitting unused for longer time is not good for the car and it should be used at least once per two weeks. Is it true? This is absolutely true. The biggest thing to worry about here is dried out seals. When a seal (like an engine rear main seal and differential seals) are left unused for long periods of time, the dry out. When this happens ...


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I had a buddy years ago who liked to do the same thing. Our big plans were cut short one evening when he hit a good sized puddle and managed to knock his muffler completely off. It was surely loose before, but it would have been nice to repair it some other time. It certainly won't help anything. If you splash pedestrians, you won't win any friends, ...


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It's not that bad. I wouldn't go driving fast or anything, but you should be okay. There are guys who cut the springs on their Honda Civics (it's always Honda Civics for some reason) to make them lower and they seem to be doing okay.


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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 wheel encountered the curb it might be worth considering having that wheel rebalanced but I can tell you from experience that this is probably a non-concern.


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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 issue is that the braking surfaces themselves have likely been very hot indeed. This can not only glaze the braking surfaces making them less effective, but it can ...


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It sounds as though you did suck up some water and were on the verge of hydrolock, but didn't quite get there. I also doubt you have caused any damage to the engine, in fact, you may have inadvertently helped your engine (though I wouldn't suggest you do this again!!!). The extra sputtering may have been a case of the filter on your CAI getting soaked with ...


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While I think the other two answers are good, I think there is a better explanation of what is happening with the windshield when a rock hits it. When a rock hits a windshield and puts a "bullseye" into the surface, it creates areas within it called stress risers. Stress risers cause places in any structure where the stress is localized to a small area. ...


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While it's not good for the engine, transmission, clutch, or other drive train parts, I doubt you've done any damage to the vehicle. Do realize that actions like this will cause damage over time. This is called stress damage as parts were only made to sustain so much stress before they fail. If this is the first time, there shouldn't be anything to worry ...


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The bottom line is yes, if you drag your exhaust over the speed bumps, it will cause damage to your car. It will be mainly localized to the exhaust on the vehicle. Besides flattening out the exhaust pipes, you also put stress on the joints and the hangers for the different mounting points. If you hit the exhaust hard enough, you can cause further damage to ...


6

Well you can get the rocker panel fixed, if you really worry about the looks of the car, the dent I see is not gonna hurt the performance though, so it is up to you. If I am in your shoes, I would not even worry about it, cause the pinch weld looks great so you can jack the car up without a problem.


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No not at all, the horn is not gonna get damaged. My old Nissan Maxima once had a faulty hood lock switch and the alarm went off during night. The alarm was on for almost all the night and the horn was honking too, I knew it the next day when there was a notice hanging on my apartment door.


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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, as long as there isn't a crack from there radiating out. You will most likely want to have the head resurfaced, even if it is only to clean up the mating ...


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With broken springs, wheels tend to "jump": on average, the wheel will spend less time in contact with the ground, especially when the road is slightly bumpy. This reduced braking efficiency. For the short term, reducing your driving speed will lower your need for braking, and thus compensate this effect. Be warned that willingly driving with such a known ...


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