Tag Archives: Damage

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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Throwback: Blown-Out Spark Plug

It’s a throwback post today, going way back to 2016 and a damaged engine. Originally posted December 1st, 2016. A Honda Element got hauled in on a tow truck one night. Big misfire, running horribly when we drove it into … Continue reading

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Chewed-Through Wiring Harness

Check engine lights on new cars are not something you want to deal with, because usually it’s going to end up a warranty job and probably not pay as well as it would on an older car. Sometimes you get … Continue reading

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Oil Leak and Ignition Coil Failure

A Honda Odyssey came into the shop with a continuous misfire on cylinder 2. After confirming which cylinder had the misfire, the next step is usually to look at the spark plug to see if it’s damaged or covered in … Continue reading

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Throwback: Overheated Engine

Today’s throwback post is a little different than usual. This is a post that I was told I couldn’t post by the dealership I worked at the time. I no longer work there, so here it is. Originally posted November … Continue reading

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Ran Over a Trailer Hitch

It’s usually not good to run over things in the road. This customer hit something much worse that did a lot of damage.

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Cracked Brake Rotor Hat

Sometimes brake rotors don’t want to come off of the hubs. I’ve posted about this in the past. When the center, also called the hat, doesn’t want to come off of the hub, hitting the rotor with a hammer can … Continue reading

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Tire Blowout? Accidental Off-Roading?

Sometimes there are cars outside the body shop at the dealership that have interesting damage. I rarely get to hear what happened to cause the damage, so I have to try to guess what might have caused it.

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