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You stated you had dirt in your wheels from the incident. Two things could be happening to you: You still have dirt in one or more of your wheels causing an imbalance. A simple scrub will take care of the issue. You threw one or more of your wheel weights. These are the things which keep the wheel/tire from vibrating. You'd need to take it to a tire shop to ...


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Even though you state that no curb was hit, it could be that you still hit something small while sliding and that could have affected the alignment of the wheels. Or if there really was no obstacle hit, simply switching from the road to dirt at an angle could have been a shock to the wheels. Happened to me once to hydroplane at ~30km/h and hit a side curve ...


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It's hard to be sure, but that looks like single-stage paint (without a hard-wearing clearcoat). If so, it is relatively soft paint that could easily be scratched. Judging by the angle of attack (and prior knowledge of feline behaviour), I would say that those are scratches made by cats that went into hill-descent-control mode.


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My experience with cats is that they do enjoy sticking their claws into something soft to sharpen them. Cats will completely destroy furniture this way. The scratches you are showing are on hard metal surfaces, so not likely to be cats sharpening their claws. Also, the pattern of the scratches makes it unlikely that they were left behind by a cat climbing ...


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You have severe case of corrosion. The part is called the lower control arm. Its function is to maintain the tire in the correct position. Do not attempt to drive the vehicle. In the best case scenario you will cause more damage, the tire could hit the fender, the axle could separate or you can bend something else. In the worst case you kill someone when ...


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From the owners manual. Alarm Stage The alarm will be activated if any of the following occurs while the car is parked and the system is armed. A front or rear door is opened without using the transmitter or the ignition key. The trunk lid or tail gate is opened without using the transmitter or the ignition key. The hood is opened. ...


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I believe your Elantra has a switch under the hood which detects if it is latched or not. All of the doors, trunk lid/rear hatch, and hood must be closed or the "beep" will not occur. Since you stated the hood was somewhat smashed, it may not be "closing" the switch telling it the hood is down. In other words, your car's security system may be operating ...


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Sliding sideways into the dirt on the shoulder could cause a bent rim. I would have suspected you would be more likely to feel that at about 45mph but if the bend is relatively light, this could be the cause. Taking the car in for re-balancing would likely find the problem quickly.


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Seems a horn was damaged. Some cars use the vehicle's horn to "beep" as a response. Others use a separate horn. Pop the hood and look in the front grille area. Use the diagram below to guide you. Do the following: Check the horn connector. Is it fully connected? Is the horn connector broken? Is the horn itself broken? A smashed horn might still work at ...


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The lifespan of a replaced waterpump will vary with quality. You have no way of knowing what type of pump you paid for. Was it a factory new pump, an aftermarket new pump, rebuilt pump or remanufactured pump. Factory pump is an exact replacement of what the car came with High quality new aftermarket pump may include improvements to the original design Low ...


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As a general rule, high pressure hoses will have crimped connections on them. The small clamp connectors are on the pump feed and return hoses, which are low pressure lines. They typically don't leak as often as the high pressure ones do. The high pressure line, according to the diagram you posted, comes from the PS pump and enters the rack. There is a ...


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Quite the list you have there. I'm not sure about some of the issues but, maybe this will give you someplace to start. In general, the car doesn't have as much power as it did before. Turning on the AC makes takes an even bigger chunk out of the power, but it seems like to a large extent than other cars I have driven. The car will regularly idle ...


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I saw my sisters cat attempt to jump up on my car and then slide down the side leaving scratch marks where there were non previously, so to answer your questions, yes, without a doubt cats can scratch car paint with their claws...unfortunately :(


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Generally speaking, there is no harm in changing an automotive fluid. In fact, new fluid usually performs better than old fluid, whatever the purpose of the fluid. New fluid is clean, has the proper composition, has suffered less oxidation and less heat stress. Don't believe all the stories about "I changed my fluid and it broke my car." If a component of ...


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Changing the fluid will not "take it over the edge". Indeed it's often the first thing to do if the auto has a problem. Having said that, I wouldn't change it just because of the colour


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Ok for the benefit of the question I will answer this. After much mucking around for quite a bit it seemed both the rear and front shocks had to be replaced, when they did the first test they just replaced the front then put the old ones back in, then swapped out the rear. They decided to swap the front again while the new rear ones were in and the ride went ...


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Cheap waterpumps - like any mechanical component - can fail quickly, sometimes this happens. Do you have a warranty on the replacement pump? Also, are you certain that the water pump has been replaced? It's not too uncommon for some mechanics to skip the water pump replacement because the pump "still looks good" only for it to fail shortly after the timing ...


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belt tension I would imagine that the belt is not tightened enough with the tensioner pulley. When you turn on your heat on some cars the air conditioner pump button on the dash will default to on. My son's Hyundai does this. At that time when the pump engages, even though you have it set to heat, added tension is applied to the pulley that turns the air ...


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If you haven't solve your problem with your VIN, I've been researching about this topic because I have similar problem and I've found that the 9th digit is the result of an error-checking algorithm, this means, or at least I understand, that Hyundai or whatever automotive you provide your VIN code, they first checks that digit, calculates checksum and if ...


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It should be fine. You probably need a right front wheel speed sensor. At worst the speedometer will stop working until the sensor is replaced.


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There use to be a say that you never changed you transmission fluid from whatever to whatever, due to detergents eating up any little bit of soil that might have been holding a leak back. Assuming you used the same fluid type, and the other fluid was filthy enough to have a positive viscosity gain, the new fluid might have found the weakest link. Look for ...


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Water pumps are expected to last at least as long as the timing belt change interval. It's a relatively cheap part in a high labor location, so it's common to replace it with the timing belt just to potentially save on labor later on. It shouldn't fail so rapidly, however, it is possible. Bad parts and early failures do happen sometimes.


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If it is occurring at only a certain speed range it is most likely a wheel out of balance but could also be belt separation. If you take your vehicle to the location you got the tires many will do balancing for free. If the belts have separated they will know in the spin balance and tell you you need a new tire.


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Yes, they technically can, but no, it's not the case in your pictures. A cat does have sufficient power to scratch a car (given certain criteria are met), but it will not do that unless the cat lands from high up and tries to 'claw' the car to get a support point. In the presented case, the marks are inconsistent with any type of cat scratch, so that ...


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Replace just the front two. I don't recommend used tires because it would be near impossible to find a tire that is in the same condition(age, tread, tread patter, same brand, etc)as your other front tire. You only need to replace all four tires in vehicles with all wheel drive systems. These can be negatively affected by having different tires in front ...


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Is that all the manual says? I believe you can use Dexron ATF, which is reddish in color. I would verify though, as PSF-3 is no longer made.


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My first thought would be the motor mounts. They isolate the vibration of engine from the frame.


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i know this problem your evap canister needs to be changed its full saturated with fuel it cant take any more vapors in it which will cause a very rich mixture in you manifold and probably will stall the engine you can test this by unplaging the vacuum tube to the canister and plugging it with a screw or some thing if the engine dosent stall then just change ...


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I found these instructions on this site. According to the instructions, the battery is a simple CR2032 battery, found anywhere you can find batteries (like Wal-Mart, or whatever). If there is a second transmitter, use it. If not, you can try opening the door with the key, then using the key in the ignition. This works in some vehicles, but once the alarm is ...


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I have 300 miles on my second water pump. They had to put another one in. 6 months on the 4th water pump. Had it replaced today under warranty and its noisy. I pointed it out to mechanic an hour after taking the car home. I suspect I'll be on number 6 by the end of the month. The vehicle is 2002 Hyundai Elantra GLS.


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