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Depends on how you consider the value... An insurance adjustor would just look at value of vehicle vs. damages to repair. So, common thing that causes vehicles to get totalled via an insurance adjustor is expensive repairs like.. air bags deploying. Those things are expensive to replace. If you're looking at the value of the car from a practical / ...


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A tire is not necessarily damaged by sitting still for a short period of time like 4 hours. Have the shop inspect it and see if they recommend it being repaired, since I assume there is a good reason why it's flat. If it's a simple puncture and it can be patched and there is no evidence of sidewall damage, I'd keep it if it were mine. UPDATED: Now that ...


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Mine have died of rust and one body damage ( hail). Mechanical stuff is fixable , especially if you do it yourself to keep the cost down. Almost forgot one - towed by police and not worth paying the fees to save it.


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If you are in dire need for a replacement on the cheap, either way you suggested would work just fine. In fact, if you used fuel line (or any other rubber based line which fits over the hard plastic), you probably wouldn't even need to secure it. The right sized hose would secure it self. The hard line just has to slide into the hose, so the same inside ...


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6 months won't have done much damage. It might be worth changing those tyres if it's been sat on them flat for months. It started so battery and fuel system are probably OK. Sometimes brakes will stick on when a car has been stood for a while.


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OK there's not much point in sugar coating this, but this isn't really going to be something you can salvage. The only way to get this looking right is likely a full respray of both doors, and I don't mean with a rattle can. I mean with a proper compressor driven air sprayer. This is smack bang in the worst place to be doing this sort of thing, you're on ...


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Usually it will either be the belt is slipping on the AC pulley because the serpentine belt is worn out, the tensioner pulley is no longer providing the amount of tension on the serpentine belt, or the belt needs adjustment. You can try belt replacement first or check the tensioner to see if it is where it should be (a lot of them have a gauge to show where ...


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tl;dr: It depends on what you’re trying to do. You can make it less bad fairly easily but a perfect fix is not a DIY job. If you’d like a perfect fix, you should talk to a professional. If you’re in a position like me, you might be looking for a solution that looks less bad rather than setting your hopes on a perfect fix. An older car might not seem like ...


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I really wouldn't be doing any distance on that - it's impossible to tell how deep that goes but what I can see shows it going way deeper than I would consider safe. 5 miles down the road to the dealer is one thing - 2,000 miles is another thing entirely! You aren't losing air now - but that doesn't mean it's okay. A deep gash like that getting subjected to ...


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Don't know where you are, but there are generally used tire places around where you can get one decent tire for relatively cheap. Not sure I'd drive 2000 miles at highway speeds on the tire pictured. If nothing else, put the bad tire on the back axle.


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Either learn to ignore it, or get a professional to do it. If there is a bit of paint damage where the two panels join, you can touch that up to prevent a rust spot starting, but the paintwork on the panel itself looks undamaged, fortunately. The reason this type of thing is not simple to fix is because when you made the dent, you stretched the metal sheet, ...


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If the camshaft is good then use it. I would consider making sure the bearing surfaces are free from dirt, oil residue etc But the caps should be the ones from your engine as they are usually line bored to match - taking the ones from the other engine could cause serious problems.


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I would attempt to "plastic weld" the puncture / cracks with a soldering iron. Be careful to fill the tank with water and then have the tank oriented so the area to be repaired is uppermost - this reduces the amount of flammable gas. Once the area has been "plastic welded" then I would reinforce the repaired area with the repair kit for strength. If you ...


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I'm not an expert in bodywork, however, I can tell from the job you did it is completely wrong. When painting any panel on a vehicle you cannot just paint a small area. You have to paint a panel at least out to the body lines. This masks the edges of your paint areas. A body line is like the crease at the top of the door. The top of the door is probably not ...


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If there is some defect in material or workmanship then the issue MAY be covered under warranty. You need to have some reason why the discs are defective but IMHO that's going to be tough. At 12 months and 6000 miles you are into the territory where environment and normal wear are likely. While 6000 miles is a bit low for rotors to be failing, it's not so ...


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The first thing I'd try is to use a flat bladed screwdriver to gently pry the vent slats back to the open position. Chances are you'll have a bit of a pop and they'll move again. If you exercise them back and forth regularly they'll likely be fine without any further work. Cleaning them would be a good step, an old toothbrush may fit, otherwise some other ...


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Better to be safe than sorry - get it checked out. Take it to a specialist tire/suspension company. They'll put it on the lift and check out everything underneath for free. Could be a worn CV joint - whatever it is, it should be pretty obvious when it's up in the air. They'll give you a quote to fix it, and then it's up to you whether you let them do it, or ...


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Most electric window motors have thermal cut outs on them. When used, heat will build up in the motor. If they get too hot, the cut out comes into play and keeps the motor from moving so as to not damage the motor. When the motor sits for a period of time, the heat is dissipated and the motor is allowed to work once again. This may be what's happening to ...


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it's "possible" you damaged the body computer if your car has one but in general car lightbulbs don't give a crap which way the voltage flows through them. It may just be a coincidence and you popped a fuse, but you could have fried a capacitor if your lights have dimming cycles when you open and shut the door.


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Can’t tell how deep that goes, but replace it as you want to drive a significant distance and as you said the tread is low.


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I'd say being written off in an accident (where the cost of repair is greater than the total value of the car) 2nd to this, its usually engine issues that end up costing more than the value of the car to repair - issues related to the engine block, engine head/gaskets, consuming large amounts of oil etc


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The easiest way to clean it is with a blade, as in a razor blade. Use it cutting sideways into the glue, not as a scraper. This will cut away the excess glue. Then, using a heat gun, you can soften what's left of the glue and clean it off with a putty knife. Just be careful around trim just inside the window area, as well as any fascia on the outside which ...


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If the system has a leak, the refrigerant will certainly disperse, as you know. Additionally, outside air, along with humidity will then invade. Part of evacuating an air conditioner involves removing moisture. I spoke recently with a tech from a local national dealership who told me they typically run the evacuation process as long as overnight to ensure ...


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Consider this: What costs $2.50 per gallon of E10 costs $2.50 / 0.9 = $2.7778 per gallon of actual gasoline in it. So, if you're wondering if the smaller energy content of ethanol is an issue, don't! Even if the ethanol had actually no energy content in it, the E10 would be cheaper per unit energy. In reality, the energy content of ethanol is perhaps ...


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It's possible for the rings to wear and loose tension, with the piston and bore showing little sign of wear.In that case putting in new rings will probably revitalise the engine.Symptoms of that would be low compression,lack of power,but the saw still running and the piston / bore being on good condition. But more common,or at least total failures,usually ...


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This is called lifting. Applying a proper primer prior to applying the new paint will Block the old paint and prevent it from lifting. Also, start by applying the new paint in light coats and allow it to dry completely before applying more Coats. This worked for me back when i was in the auto body business. Keep in mind the new paint has strong solvents in ...


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I have been to Honda dealer they said the emblem on 2009 pilot steering wheel is attached to the air bag and cannot be switched out I would have to replace the air bag 600. + dollars I have googled decals, stickers etc nothing that will cover the H on my car Painting seems the solution ( maybe silver nail polish ) I even asked the body repair shop that Honda ...


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Check all the rollers, look at how the door sits compared to the body when closed, adjust the rollers as needed. if totally stuck either find a certified automotive tech or get a service manual. I used to buy individual manuals at Alldatadiy


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