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Ford Investigating Concerning Engine Failure in New Broncos
Ford Bronco engines are failing after less than 10,000 miles. What is Ford doing about the problem?
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Jerry
May 17, 2022
Here Are 5 Seriously Expensive Cars to Repair
Models such as the Audi Q3, Ford EcoSport, Jeep Compass, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Chevrolet Trax rack up serious maintenance and repair bills in a 10-year period.
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Jerry
Mar 16, 2022
Is It Dangerous to Drive a Rusty Car?
If rust is left untreated it can destroy the structure of your car, making it unsafe to drive.
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Jerry
Mar 09, 2022
Arizona Woman Left With the Bill After an Oil Change Went Wrong
An oil change gone wrong has left an Arizona mom without a car. After taking her car in for a routine oil change at Walmart Auto Centre, Nikki Smith’s vehicle unexpectedly caught fire, and then exploded in the parking lot.
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Jerry
Feb 26, 2022
What Causes a Car to Overheat?
We’ve seen it in the movies and on the side of the highway—a hood up and steam everywhere. But why do cars overheat?
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Jerry
Feb 11, 2022
What Causes a Car's Engine to Shake?
A shaking engine is never good news, but some issues that shake our motor are worse than others. What are they?
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Jerry
Feb 11, 2022
Should Your Right to Repair Your Car Be Protected?
From diagnostics to telematics, cars are becoming more high-tech. With all that added complexity, how will consumers maintain their right to repair their vehicles?
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Repairsmith Says These Are the 8 Reasons Your Car Would Leak Oil
You notice a pool of oil forming on your garage floor where you park your car. What could’ve caused this problem? And how much does it cost to fix?
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Power Window Problems? Here's What To Do
Car problems are frustrating, but sometimes what seems complicated might have a quick and easy fix. If you’re having issues with the power windows on your car, you might be able to fix it yourself, even if you know little about cars.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Keyed Car vs. Scratched: Is There a Way to Tell a Difference?
While you might not be able to tell if your car was keyed or scratched, learning about the damage and how to repair it will help you in this sticky situation.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Signs of a Bad Car Battery vs. Alternator
Determine if your car battery or alternator is the root of your car troubles, plus how to fix the issue.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Why Are Your Car Door Locks Not Working Properly?
Read on to learn about what to do if you have trouble with your keyless entry.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Why Is Your Car Heater Blowing Cold Air?
As it cools down outside, drivers are using their car heaters to fight the chill. Sometimes, though, these heaters can have issues with blowing cold air instead of hot. Luckily, many of the causes have easy solutions.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
How to Dispute Your Mechanic Bill
Arguing the cost of services you've already paid for is stressful. To effectively dispute an auto bill, you'll need proof of mechanic error.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Should You Be Concerned if Your Car Shakes at High Speed?
Most of the problems that cause car shakes are simple to fix. Here are some reasons why your car might be shaking at high speeds.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Are Cars Designed to Break Down?
With cars lasting longer than ever, some consumers fear that automakers are designing cars to break down after a certain number of miles. Is there any truth to this?
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Supply Chain Problems Are Causing a Whole New Set of Problems in the Auto Industry
Repair shops are the latest sector affected by supply chain and labor shortages. How can you keep the cost of owning your car down?
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Car Insurance Companies Are Having a Hard Time Keeping up With High-tech Windshields
Windshield repairs are much more complex nowadays because of new car technology. It can cost a lot more for repairs as well.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
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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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Essential Car Tools and Supplies
Before performing maintenance on your car, make sure you have these essential car tools and supplies in your garage. Read this list of the most important car tools to keep around for repairs and maintenance.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
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. Read this article on insurance claim money to learn what you should and shouldn't do.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
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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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Does Insurance Cover Cracked Windshields?
Depending on your level of coverage and where you live, your car insurance may cover windshield crack repair. Read this guide on cracked windshields and car insurance to learn if you're covered
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Jerry
Feb 23, 2022
How to Put a Car on Jack Stands
Using 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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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
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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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
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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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
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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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
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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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
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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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
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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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022

All Questions on Car Repair

How do you fix car body damage?
I got in a little accident and now my car’s all banged up. I’d prefer to fix it myself if possible, so I’m wondering how to fix dents and small scratches. What’s the best way to fix car body damages like dents?
Joshua Levy
Nov 23, 2021
How do I fix a car real, real good?
My dad recently gifted me the car he had as a teenager and it needs A LOT of work. The interior, exterior, engine, and basically every system needs at least some work done before it’s ready to hit the road again. I’ve fixed up cars in the past, but never to this extent. How can I fix this car real, real good?
Jack Walsh
Jan 27, 2022
How does a car starter work?
My mechanic told me my car starter isn’t working. That sounds bad. What does a car starter do? How does it work?
Lauren Smith
Oct 26, 2021
How do you fix a jammed cassette player in a car?
Shockingly, my car still has a cassette player. I use it often to listen to my oldie’s music. However, one of my cassettes is stuck, and I’m not sure what to do. How can I unjam my car’s cassette player?
Jack Walsh
Jan 27, 2022
What would cause a vehicle to shake while driving?
My car has been shaking pretty badly while I’m driving and I’m a little nervous about it. What could be causing this? Should I take my car to the shop?
Liz Jenson
Apr 04, 2022
What causes clunking when braking?
My Jeep Renegade is three years old. It is my first car, and I am still learning the ropes with maintenance and repairs. I have started noticing a clunking sound when I come to a stop. What causes clunking when braking?
Lynell Spencer
Mar 31, 2022
How can I fix a broken car seat?
I was helping a friend move and his dog chewed through and destroyed my seat. How can I fix a broken car seat?
Chloe Jenkins
Nov 11, 2021
How long does it take to replace a car window?
A few days ago, one of my car windows broke. I’ve had a bag in the window since then but it’s really ugly and I feel that my car isn’t very safe. I want to get the window fixed, but I work every day this week. How long does it take to replace a car window?
Chloe Jenkins
Nov 25, 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?
Eric Schad
Sep 02, 2021
How do I dry car paint quickly?
Is there a way to dry car paint faster? I want to repaint my car but I don't have time to sit around and wait for it to dry.
Liz Jenson
Oct 28, 2021
How much does it cost to fix an emergency brake on a car?
I was borrowing my sister’s car and somehow broke the emergency brake. I have no clue how I did it, but now I need to pay for repairs. How much will it cost to fix an emergency brake on her car?
Emily Maracle
Feb 10, 2022
How can I repair car seat fabric?
I bought a conversion van to convert into a camper and would like to save the bench seat in the back. Sadly, it has a small rip in the corner. How can I repair car seat fabric?
Shannon Martin
Nov 08, 2021
Can you tell me how to reset my car check engine light?
My check engine light came on because I needed to repair my timing belt. I did the repair myself, but the light is still on. How do I reset my car check engine light?
Matthew Macgugan
Nov 02, 2021
How do I fix a burn hole in my car roof?
I purchased a used vehicle and the previous owner was an avid smoker. There are cigarette holes in the roof liner. How do I fix a burn hole in my car roof?
Talullah Blanco
Feb 21, 2022
How do you replace a Honda Civic radiator?
Is there a way for me to replace my Honda Civic’s radiator at home? Taking my car to a mechanic would probably be really expensive, but I need a new radiator in my car if I want to keep using it.
Liz Jenson
Dec 17, 2021
How do you remove Ford dually fenders?
Is there any way to remove Ford dually fenders? I was thinking about making a couple modifications to my car, but I’ll need to get rid of the dually fenders.
Liz Jenson
Nov 20, 2021
How many catalytic converters does a car have?
How many catalytic converters are on my car? I think mine might be having problems but I know that they can be really expensive to replace, so I’m just wondering how many I’ll have to buy if I do have to replace them.
Liz Jenson
Feb 02, 2022
Should I still maintain my old car?
I have an older car, and it's not running all that well. Is it worth it to maintain an older vehicle?
Eric Schad
Oct 29, 2021
How do I cash this insurance claims check?
Is there a way for me to cash this check? It was sent to me by my insurance company and it has both my name and the repair shop's name listed. The bank said I wasn't able to cash it. What should I do?
Shannon Martin
Oct 14, 2021
How do I remove the center console on a Ford Focus?
The center console in my Ford Focus has a huge crack in it. I want to replace it and I’ve already purchased a new one. I think I know how to install it, but I don’t know how to take out the old one. How can I remove the center console from my Ford Focus?
Eric Schad
Nov 17, 2021
How do I know if my car needs transmission fluid?
My car has been making some weird noises lately. I'm not sure what the issue could be, but I know fluids are important. How would I know if my car needed transmission fluid?
Will Baldwin
Nov 01, 2021
How do I fix a bent car door corner?
Someone opened my Corolla door too hard and it hit the curb. Just the bottom tip is bent and the door still closes fine. Can I fix it on my own?
Sophie Newman
Sep 30, 2021
Can you drive without rwd shocks?
I was in a small accident the other day. My car slid off the road and over a bump. The car seems mostly fine but the mechanic said that my rear shock absorber is broken. I don’t know what that is and I don’t have the money to fix it right now. Can I drive my car without rwd shocks?
Patrick Price
Mar 30, 2022
How do you install a roof rack on a 2012 Honda Pilot?
I recently bought the parts for a roof rack from a yard sale, and I need some help with the installation. What’s the best way to install a roof rack on my 2012 Honda Pilot?
Chloe Jenkins
Dec 15, 2021
How much does it cost to fix the gas gauge on a car?
I was driving down the street when I noticed I was out of gas. At the gas station, it only let me put in a few gallons, which made me think the gauge was broken. How much does it normally cost to repair a car gas gauge?
Eric Schad
Nov 01, 2021
How much is a car lift?
I was thinking about doing some work under my car, so I’d like to learn more about professional lifts. How much does a standard car lift usually cost?
Liz Jenson
Nov 18, 2021
How do I add oil to a car AC compressor?
I’m servicing my air compressor to make my HVAC system colder. I know I’m supposed to add oil, but I’m a little unclear on some of the details. What steps should I take to add oil to my car AC compressor?
Matthew Macgugan
Nov 23, 2021
Do bad rotors make noise while you're driving?
What does it sound like when you need to replace your rotors? I’ve been hearing a weird noise from my car lately and I think that might be the reason, but I’d like to know what’s wrong before I take it to the shop.
Liz Jenson
Feb 14, 2022
How much does it cost to fix a car frame?
I was in a bit of a fender bender with my old 1993 Toyota Tacoma. I don’t have collision coverage, so I have to get my truck repaired myself. I think there may be some frame damage, but it is still drivable. How much does it cost to fix a car frame?
Shannon Martin
Dec 18, 2021
How do I change the battery in my car key for a Toyota vehicle?
How do I change the battery in my key fob? My car key isn’t working, so I think it’s time to replace the battery.
Phoebe Mah
Nov 22, 2021

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