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All Questions on Wear and Tear

How can you tell if your car needs alignment?
My steering has felt a little off lately when I travel at highway speeds. How can you tell if your car needs alignment?
Matthew Macgugan
Nov 01, 2021
Does gap insurance cover engine failure?
My car’s engine just completely failed on me, and I’m scrambling to cover the replacement and repair costs. I have gap insurance from when I first bought my car two years ago—does gap insurance cover engine failure?
Shannon Fitzgerald
Mar 09, 2022
Can you tell me how to clean inside car windows without streaks?
My windows get this film on them that's hard to wipe off without leaving behind streaks. How do I clean inside car windows without streaks?
Matthew Macgugan
Nov 01, 2021
What causes your car to jerk while driving?
I bought a used car a while ago, and now it’s starting to have issues when I’m driving it. What causes my car to jerk when I’m accelerating?
Holden Easterbrook
Feb 08, 2022
How can I know if my car battery needs to be replaced?
My car isn't starting as smoothly as it used to, and I suspect it has something to do with the battery. How do I know when my car battery needs to be replaced?
Matthew Macgugan
Dec 06, 2021
How do I soften old leather car seats?
Can old leather car seats be softened? I want to try to soften the seats in my car to make it look newer.
Rachel Juillerat
Oct 18, 2021
What causes a steering wheel to lock while driving?
I took my car into the shop because my steering wheel locked up while I was on my way to work. What makes a steering wheel lock up while you’re driving?
Jason Tushinski
Feb 03, 2022
How much does it cost to fix a hairline fracture in an engine block?
I’m starting to notice a fracture in my engine block. Since it’s really minor, I’m hoping this will be a quick and easy fix. How much does it cost to fix a hairline fracture in an engine block?
Melanie Mergen
Feb 10, 2022
Can you tell me how to clean car electrical connectors?
My car battery has white powder on the connectors. How do I clean car electrical connectors so I don't break down?
Matthew Macgugan
Nov 02, 2021
How do you get sap off your car?
I just got back from a camping trip, and realized that there is tree sap dried onto the hood of my new truck! I went through the car wash, but it is still there. How can I get the sap off my car without messing up the paint?
Lynell Spencer
Mar 23, 2022
Do I need to replace the tires on a leased car?
I've had a leased car for two years, and I've noticed that the tire treads are becoming a bit shallow. Do I have to replace the tires on a leased car?
Eric Schad
Oct 29, 2021
How much engine oil does an F-150 need?
I want to change the oil myself in my Ford F-150 to save money. How much oil do I need to complete the job?
Eric Schad
Nov 04, 2021
How do you get sap off of car paint?
My family and I went hiking this past weekend and when we got back to the car, there was sap on it. How do I remove the sap?
Will Baldwin
Nov 03, 2021
Does a diesel engine need to warm up before driving?
I’m heading out early tomorrow on a winter road trip. Does my diesel engine need to warm up before I hit the road?
Jason Tushinski
Jan 28, 2022
How much does tinting a car cost?
I drive home right when the sun is setting and move west for most of my drive. My sunglasses help, but I’m tired of the eye strain and want to get some tinting. How much does tinting a car cost?
Lauren Smith
Nov 11, 2021
How much time does it take to fix a cracked engine block?
My engine block is cracked and I’m arranging for it to be repaired, but I don’t want to part with my vehicle for long. How much time does it usually take to fix a cracked engine block?
Melanie Mergen
Feb 10, 2022
How do you fix clear coat runs on a car?
I had a friend help touch up my car’s clear coat, but he went a little too heavy with the spray paint and now I have a couple of runs that stick out like a sore thumb. I just hope this is easy to fix. How do you fix clear coat runs on a car?
bellina gaskey
Apr 06, 2022
How do you fix a small rust spot on your car?
I recently noticed some rust on my Ford Thunderbird underneath the gas tank. It’s a small spot, about 2” across, and it doesn’t seem bad enough for a trip to the body shop. How can I fix a small rust spot on my car?
Lynell Spencer
Mar 23, 2022
How long can a car battery sit?
I'm going on a work trip and leaving my car behind. Since it's for a month, I'm worried about my battery. How long can a car battery sit before it goes flat?
Matthew Macgugan
Nov 01, 2021
How much is it to fix a car door handle?
When I went to warm up my car before commuting to work the other day, I somehow managed to rip the driver’s side door handle off. Climbing over the passenger seat every time I want to go somewhere is getting old very quickly. How much does it typically cost to fix a car door handle?
Jack Walsh
Jan 17, 2022
Can you put studs on tires after driving on them?
I’d like to put studs in my winter tires this year, but my tires are only about a year old. I really don’t want to buy a whole new set of tires. Can I just add studs to the tires I already have?
Alison Daurio
Mar 30, 2022
How long can you leave a car without starting it?
My husband and I are going down to Florida to visit some old friends. We aren't sure how long we're going to end up staying, but we're taking the train, so our car will be sitting at home. We’re a little worried about leaving our car for so long—how long can you leave a car sitting without starting it?
Matthew Macgugan
Dec 08, 2021
How long does a car motor last?
As my first car, my dad is giving me his 1999 Ford pickup. I’m a little worried it won’t last very long. What's the average lifespan of a vehicle engine?
Chloe Jenkins
Oct 01, 2021
How do I maintain car paint shine?
"How do I keep my car paint shiny? I live in Florida and I've noticed that the paint on my car has started to fade in the sun. How do I keep my car paint looking new? How can I make the car paint shine?"
Eric Schad
Aug 23, 2021
How do you protect a car from snow and salt?
I just moved to Lake Tahoe and I think I’m in over my head. My car is already dented, scratched, and rusting from the constant snow and salt! What should I be doing to protect my car from snow and salt?
Joshua Levy
Nov 19, 2021
How long should it take to detail a car?
I was thinking of getting my car detailed since I’ve had it for a few years. I want to know how long it will take so I don’t get ripped off and can organize a ride there and back.
Tiffany Leung
Mar 28, 2022
How do you fix car dog tracking?
I bought my car new seven years ago. Never been in a crash. I’ve driven it this long because it’s been so reliable for me, but recently it’s started having problems driving straight, which is concerning me. How do you fix car dog tracking?
Melanie Mergen
Jan 31, 2022
How can I fix my check engine light bulb?
I know my car is due for some routine maintenance, but the check engine light hasn’t come on like it usually does. I also noticed the check engine light doesn’t flash when starting the vehicle. Is there a way to fix my check engine light bulb?
Jack Walsh
Jan 17, 2022
How much is it to repair a BMW transmission?
How much does it cost to repair a BMW transmission? I think my daughter's transmission is broken and I'm a little afraid to get the estimate.
Joshua Levy
Oct 20, 2021
How long do CV joints last?
I recently bought a used Chevy. It had 40,000 miles on it when I purchased it and I’ve driven it 20,000 more miles. Now, my auto guy is telling me I need to have the CV joints replaced—but isn’t 60,000 miles too early for a major repair? How long should CV joints last?
Lynell Spencer
Mar 23, 2022

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