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Is It Possible to Repair a Flooded Car?
When a vehicle is partially or fully submerged in floodwaters, it can suffer extensive damage that is sometimes unrepairable, or lead to very expensive car repairs.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Sep 09, 2021
How One Man Turned a Lemon Into Lemonade
Lemon cars are unreliable money pits, especially the Aston Martin Lagonda. Harjeet Kalsi shows how you can fix even the worst models with a lot of dedication.
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Carlos Kirby
Sep 17, 2021
Why Is the 'Right to Repair' Important for Farmers?
The right to repair gives farmers and other consumers the ability to repair their own property. Many manufacturers restrict consumers from using third-party parts.
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Jane Lu
Sep 04, 2021
GM Mechanic Busted for Street Racing in Customer's Corvette
The 2021 Corvette Stingray is designed with speed in mind, but one GM tech got a bit too carried away.
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Alex Healey
Aug 28, 2021
Flying Turtle Shatters Windshield in Florida
Driving your car always carries some level of risk. But nobody ever expects to see a turtle come crashing into their windshield.
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Ru Chen
Aug 19, 2021
Getting a Dent Out of a Car: Do Common DIY Methods Work?
How do you get a dent out of a car? Here are some common methods and whether or not we think they work.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Aug 16, 2021
An Eagle Dented a Car in Wisconsin: Is It Covered by Car Insurance?
A Wisconsin driver’s car was dented by an eagle dropping a fish.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Aug 12, 2021
Biden Proposed 'Right to Repair' Initiative
Biden’s recently proposed right to repair initiative aims to reduce the monopolization of repairs by manufacturers and encourage cheaper solutions for customers.
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Brandon Moore
Aug 13, 2021
Costly Tesla Fix Shows Why 'Right to Repair' Matters
A Tesla lessee was hit with an estimated $16,000 in repair costs for their Tesla Model 3. A different EV repair facility fixed the car for around $700.
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Jane Lu
Aug 10, 2021
With Today's Technology, Windshield Repair is More Complicated than Ever
Today’s driver-assist technologies mean that windshields are more than just a piece of glass, making car repair a little more complicated.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Jul 29, 2021
South Carolina Mechanic Repairs Cars to Donate to Rural People in Need
Eliot Middleton, a South Carolina restaurant owner, frequently repairs junk cars and donates them to people who live in rural areas. He carries on the legacy of his father who was another talented mechanic.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Jul 23, 2021
17-Year-Old Student Gu Huijing Breaks Gender Stereotypes at a Car Repair Competition
17-year-old Gu Huijing shows that you don’t have to be a man to work in car repair. She was the first female in the province of Guangdong to win her vocational school’s car repair competition.
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Jane Lu
Jul 14, 2021
Automakers Don't Think Car Owners Should Be Able to Access Over-the-Air Data
Cars are collecting more information than ever. So why do automakers not want that information to become public?
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Brandon Moore
Jul 04, 2021
The Worst Car Repair Situations and How to Avoid Them
All car repairs are not created equal. There are some situations where a repair could cost well over $1,000. So how can you avoid them?
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Jul 01, 2021
A Concerning Amount of Nissans Made Consumer Reports 'Cars Most Likely to Need a Transmission Replacement' List
Consumer Reports recently released a list of cars that are at higher risk of having transmission problems. Unfortunately for Nissan, five of its models made the list.
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Jason Crosby
Jun 25, 2021
What's the Difference Between Old and New Jack Stand Designs?
The older tubular jack stand is lightweight and locks with a metal pin, while the newer ratcheting jack stands use stronger metal plates. Drivers should be aware of a recall on Harbor Freight jack stands.
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Caden Goodwin
Sep 21, 2021
Regular Car Insurance Won't Cover Damage From a Common Fueling Mistake
Not all fuel types are equal. What damage could you do by choosing the wrong one? And can car insurance cover you if you make a mistake?
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Andrew Koole
Jun 21, 2021
Do I Have to Repair My Car After an Insurance Claim Accident?
You’ll usually have to repair your car after an insurance claim accident—but there are some exceptions.
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Jaclyn Victor
Jun 17, 2021
Essential Car Maintenance Tools and Supplies
Before performing maintenance on your car, first make sure you have these basic tools and supplies in your garage.
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Cheryl Knight
Nov 27, 2020
How to Put a Car on Jack Stands
Using a car jack and jack stands is a way to get under your vehicle so you can conduct your own repairs and maintenance. Here are some tips to help you use them properly.
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Brady Klopfer
Sep 02, 2020
Why Your Car is Vibrating or Shaking
Car shakes could indicate a larger problem with your engine, wheels, or more. If your car shakes or vibrates, especially when accelerating, get help from a mechanic.
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Nicholas Wilson
Sep 03, 2021
How to Decide if You Should Take Your Car to a Repair Shop or a Mobile Mechanic
Unlike a traditional shop, mobile mechanics will come to you. But it may not be the right choice if the repairs are severe.
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Conor Fynes
Aug 24, 2021
Does My Car Insurance Cover Windshield Crack Repair?
Depending on your level of coverage and where you live, your car insurance may cover windshield crack repair.
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Brady Klopfer
Jan 28, 2021
How to Get a Car Windshield Replacement
Get your car windshield replaced by contacting your insurance provider, making an appointment, and using a trusted service like Safelite.
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Amber Dowler
May 04, 2021
How to Figure Out Car Repair Costs
Awareness of the factors that contribute to the cost of car repairs can prepare car owners to be financially prepared for maintenance and repairs.
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Conor Fynes
Nov 12, 2020
How to Know if a Mechanic is Taking Too Long With Car Repairs
Auto repairs can take a while to complete if the problems are significant, but customers should also set expectations with their mechanic and have some idea of how long a reasonable repair takes.
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Conor Fynes
Aug 24, 2021

All Questions on Car Repair

Does my car insurance cover glass repair?
The other day, someone broke into my car and shattered my driver's side window. Thankfully they didn't take anything, but repairing a window is expensive, and I'm not sure I could cover the whole thing out of pocket. Will my car insurance policy cover the repair?
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Emily Maracle
Sep 20, 2021
How much does it cost to fix a car headliner?
I bought an older car and the headliner is starting to sag a bit. How much does it cost to repair the interior roof of a car?
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How much does it cost to fix a car mirror?
How much will I have to pay to repair the side mirror on my car? I knocked it off when I was backing my car into the garage.
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How much does it cost to buy back a totaled car from the car insurance company?
I was in an accident and my car was deemed a total loss. The insurance company paid me the fair market value of the vehicle. However, I have the skills and desire to repair the vehicle, and I want to give it a shot. Is there any way I can buy my totaled car back? And how much will it cost?
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
Who pays for a rental car after an accident?
A couple of weeks ago, I was in an accident. Thankfully everyone is all right and I was found not at fault, but my car needs repairs and I'll need a rental car. Will my insurance pay for it or will the at-fault driver's?
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Emily Maracle
Sep 10, 2021
Does my insurance cover repairs that are less than my deductible?
I hit a pole when backing out of a parking lot. The repairs are going to be $800, but my collision deductible is $1,000. Will my insurance still cover my repairs?
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Emily Maracle
Sep 09, 2021
How much does it cost to replace a car blower motor?
Is it expensive to fix a blower motor in a car? I live in Alaska and my car's heater is integral to my comfort in the winter. Unfortunately, it stopped blowing air out of nowhere.
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Eric Schad
Sep 09, 2021
How do you unfreeze a car battery?
What do you do if your car battery is frozen? I live in northern Idaho and it gets downright cold. Sometimes my car's battery freezes as a result. What should I do?
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Eric Schad
Sep 09, 2021
How do you take off a sticker on a car window?
What's the best way to remove a sticker from my car window? I just bought a car from a private seller in Oklahoma. The car is in great shape except for a few stickers on the back window.
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Eric Schad
Sep 09, 2021
How do you start a car with a dead battery?
If my battery is dead, what's the best way to start my car? I live in upstate New York. When I went out to my car this morning, I thought it was just too cold to turn on. It’s warmer outside now, so I think the battery is the problem. How can I start a dead car battery to get myself to the auto parts store?
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Eric Schad
Sep 02, 2021
How do you repair a car amplifier if it's on but there's no sound?
What's the best way to fix my car amp if no sound is coming out? The entire car stereo has no sound right now, and I think my aftermarket amplifier is to blame. I want to repair it so I can pump up my favorite jams.
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Eric Schad
Sep 02, 2021
How do you open a car trunk without a key?
Can I manually open my trunk? I locked my keys in there, and I don't know of any other way to open it.
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021
How do you open a car gear lock?
How do I take the shift lock off my car? My car won't start up and it's in my garage. I want to shift it into neutral so I can push it out for the tow truck.
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021
How do you open a car trunk with screwdriver?
How do you open a car trunk from the outside? I locked my keys in the trunk of my car. I've heard you can open a car trunk with a screwdriver. Is this true? How do I do it?
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021
How do you fix a dent on a car fender?
What's the best way to repair a dent on my car's fender? Someone hit it in a parking garage. I don't want to pay big bucks to get it fixed.
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Eric Schad
Aug 30, 2021
How do you fix cracks on a car dashboard?
Can you fix cracks on the dashboard of a car? I live in Texas and the constant sunshine has cracked mine.
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Eric Schad
Aug 30, 2021
How do I fix a car visor from falling?
How can I fix a car visor? Mine keeps falling off and it's driving me insane.
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Eric Schad
Aug 30, 2021
How do I cool off my car without air conditioning?
How can I cool down a car without air conditioning? I live in Arizona, and the air conditioner in my car broke in the middle of summer.
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Eric Schad
Aug 30, 2021
How much do car antennas cost?
How much does it cost to replace and install a new car antenna? I accidentally broke mine off my car.
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Eric Schad
Aug 27, 2021
How do I remove car air conditioning gas?
How do I drain my car's AC gas (refrigerant)? The air conditioner isn't working right. I have some basic mechanical knowledge, so I want to fix the issue myself.
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Eric Schad
Aug 26, 2021
How do I repair a broken car window?
Can I fix a broken car window on my own? My son and his friends were playing baseball outside when they hit the driver's side car rear window of my car. The glass splintered, but it didn't break completely. What should I do?
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Eric Schad
Aug 23, 2021
How do I remove a broken key from my car door?
How do I get a broken key out of a car door? I had my key in the car door when I accidentally bumped it and It broke off. How can I remove it?
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Eric Schad
Aug 23, 2021
What are some ways to quickly diagnose car problems?
I have a car that's on its last leg. Dashboard lights flicker with reckless abandon. So before I break down somewhere, I want to get on top of my game. Are there any ways or tips to quickly diagnose car problems?
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Eric Schad
Aug 23, 2021
How do I buy cars directly from insurance companies?
I'm looking to buy a damaged car from an insurance company—I know the risks, and I've been working on cars for 20 years, so I think I can handle the repairs. But I don't want to wait for an auto auction; I just want to buy it so I can focus on getting it back in shape. Is there a way I can buy a car directly from insurance companies instead of waiting for an auction?
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Ben Guess
Aug 19, 2021
How do I buy a car from an insurance company?
I'm a budding car mechanic and I've heard that insurance companies often sell totaled cars for cheap. I'm looking to buy a car I can fix up and work on, so this is great news—I'm just not sure where to start. How do I buy a car from an insurance company?
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Ben Guess
Aug 19, 2021
When is it okay to settle an accident privately and when is it better to file an insurance claim?
I was involved in a minor car accident and my sideview mirror was damaged. The other driver is at fault and they want to pay for the damage out of pocket. When is it okay to settle an accident privately and when is it better to file an insurance claim?
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Savannah Grabek
Aug 05, 2021
Why won't State Farm pay my entire tow bill?
I crashed my car and had to get it towed to a mechanic. When I called State Farm about the $300 bill, they said they would only cover up to $100. Why?
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Sophie Newman
Jul 23, 2021
If my car had an oil leak after being towed, can I report it to my car insurance?
My car (VW GTI) was towed by the city on Monday and the next day I discovered an oil leak. If I believe the towing company caused this leak, can I submit a claim to my insurance? I live in New York City.
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Sophie Newman
Jul 23, 2021
What should I do if the towing company damaged the drivetrain on my car?
What should I do if my car was damaged by the towing company? I left the car unlocked so the towing company could put the car into neutral when they towed it. When I arrived at the shop, the car had significant damage to the drivetrain. The original issue was with the alternator. The repair shop told me that the towing company probably did it.
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Eric Schad
Jul 12, 2021
Can the AAA technician diagnose problems?
Does the AAA technician also diagnose automotive problems? I'm thinking about getting a AAA membership. I know they do towing and flat tire changes, but I wanted to know if they can fix your car, too.
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Eric Schad
Jul 12, 2021

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