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Is a tire with exposed wire safe to drive on?

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 ...
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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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Will slamming doors shut damage my car?

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 ...
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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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I've just been rear ended. How can I check for damage?

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 ...
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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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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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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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Is a tire with exposed wire safe to drive on?

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 ...
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Will driving through puddles do any damage to my car?

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" ...
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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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Will driving through puddles do any damage to my car?

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 ...
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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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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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Do long blasts of the horn damage it?

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 ...
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Toyota aygo damage repair

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 ...
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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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Do I need to replace both front struts if one is OK

Brakes and suspension should always be done in pairs. If you REALLY don't care about the car, you could just replace the one, but it could lead to alignment/tire wear/vehicle stability issues down ...
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Cold weather and gas smell

Hyundai/Kia are known for having issues with their EVAP control systems. I owned a 2007 Hyundai Tiburon and the EVAP solenoid was malfunctioning. It made a pretty strong fuel smell because of the leak ...
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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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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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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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What can cause two deep "stepped" grooves in a rotor?

It looks as though to me you've worn down through the friction material and into the rivets which hold the friction material to the pad. There are a lot of pads which don't use rivets for this and ...
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