A couple years ago I was rear ended and the hatchback and metal strip below it were slightly bent. The fender was also pushed in a bit. The hatchback still works, closes and everything, but I'm getting ready to put a body kit on it and want to replace the hatchback. I was going to go to a local 'U Wrench-it" and pull one off a salvage Honda. I'm just wondering if this is going to be a huge undertaking or if it's relatively easy.
Best I can tell, its just a few bolts and some wires that need to be disconnected, but not sure. Also, any tips on the removal of the rear bumper would be great.
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in time the sections of the aerial become stiff or slightly bent from road gunk and the drive is a plastic strip so it will not take much to strip it. I believe that there are replacement strips available at your local auto parts store that you can install yourself.
Your vehicle needs to go back on a hoist and be checked over very carefully. Speaking from experience here, check for bent rims and /or broken belts in tires. Possible bent driveshafts on front wheel drive vehicles( you didn't say what you are driving) or single driveshaft on rear wheel drive. Also check the rear end for straightness, they can be bent exactly as you described the cause of your problems.
Also put the vehicle on an alignment machine. This will expose any furthur bent suspension parts, such as lower control arms.
15 years ago it cost me $1200 to fix a car after doing a similar thing, mine was an aluminun light pole, same speed. Hope this helps.
To replace the brake lamp of Your volkswagen beetle 2001 model is relatively simple. Please follow the steps below:
To remove the lens and gain access to the bulbs You first need to release the lens holder from inside the trunk by completely unscrewing the large plastic wing nut that is under a round plastic panel that's located almost directly behind the rear brake light lens.
To gain access to the plastic wing nut remove the round panel by gently prying it off.
After this is done You release the lens by using something flat like a dinner table knife to pry and release the clip that holds the lens in place.
Locating the clip: The rear fender has two seams that end at the light lens, the inboard seam (the one closest to the hatch)is where you want to insert the table knife to pry the metal clip that holds the lens in place.
Gently and carefully insert the knife blade directly at the seam and pry upward to release the lens.
Once the clip releases pull the lens the rest of the way and remove the bulbs by turning the bulb holder sockets counter-clockwise.
After this is done remove bulbs by slightly pushing down on the bulb and turning it counter-clockwise.
The reinstall is reverse of the removal the procedure.
When re-installing take care to clock the lens where the metal clip and the lens protrusions end up in the same position as before.
You may need to assist sliding the lens retaining clip in with the knife when reinstalling.
YOU PROBLEM IS YOU NEED TO REPLACE THE PARKING BRAKE CABLES .THEY ARE RELEASED BUT NOT ALL THE WAY CAUSING THE SHOES TO SIT TO CLOSE TO THE DRUMS.WHEN ADJUSTING YOUR BRAKES HAVE THE REAR END OF THE TRUCK OFF THE GROUND TIRES ON AND SLOWLY ADJUST ADJUSTERS AT THE SAME TIME TURNING THE TIRE UNTIL YOU FEEL A SLIGHT DRAG REPEAT FOR OTHER WHEEL
I had the same problem in my Lincoln Town Car about a year or so ago. Here is what the problem was. There are a couple of air ducts at the back of your hood (top of firewall just below the base of your windshield wipers anchor points) These ducts are located one on the driver and one on the passenger side. Each of them has a little gate at the opening. The gates on my car were clogged with leaves and debris, thus causing water to flow over the ducts into the passenger compartment of the car. These ducts must be cleaned out so the water can flow through them and down to the ground instead of overflowing due to clogging.