Tag Archives: Damage

Rusted Out Gas Tank Straps

A customer had their Honda Civic towed into the shop with a bit of a problem. They said that they had run over a deer carcass and now their gas tank was falling out. The car wouldn’t run, so it … Continue reading

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Worn Out Timing Belt Tensioner

Timing belts need to be replaced at regular intervals to prevent them from wearing out and failing. At my Honda dealership, we recommend replacing them at 100,000 miles. We also replace the water pump, and often replace the tensioner. Over … Continue reading

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Smashed Subframe

A customer brought their Honda Accord came into the shop complaining of a bad vibration that seemed to be from the engine. Engine vibrations can be caused by a rough-running engine, or by failing engine mounts.

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Tire “Rim Protector” Failure

The trend over the past several years has been for wheel sizes to increase and tires to become lower and lower profile. One of the downsides to this is that with less tire to flex and absorb impacts from potholes … Continue reading

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Be Careful Changing Wipers

Windshield wiper arms are spring-loaded, to press the wiper blades against the windshield so they clean it properly. These springs are pretty strong, so when you’re changing wiper blades, you need to be careful.

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Plastic in the Differential

A customer brought in their Honda CR-V with a complaint of some noise from the rear. The technician put the car up on a lift and found that a plastic bag had gotten wrapped around one of the rear axles. … Continue reading

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Snapped Timing Belt

The most common reasons to have to push a car into the shop are a failed starter, or something majorly wrong with the engine. When this Odyssey got pushed into the shop, it was because the engine was damaged. The … Continue reading

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Quarantine Rodent Damage

For the past couple months, many of the people in the US have been staying at home to lessen the spread of COVID-19. As a result, their cars aren’t getting used as often. One of the problems this has caused … Continue reading

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The Story of My First Crash

This is the written version of my video from Monday about my recent crash in my Toyota Corolla.

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My First Car Crash – Goodbye Corolla

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