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Old 01-25-2010, 08:16 PM   #1
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what do you guys think about this situation

I got rear-ended a few days ago. Everything works out fine, as far as insurance. The other driver was insured, his insurance will cover the damage. I went and got an estimate for around $1500. To the naked eye it looks like no damage, though bumper is messed up, gaps are off on rear doors and trunk is rolled. That was on friday. Strangely my car did not want to start right after the accident, and i needed to get it jumped. It was not starting since, so i went ahead and bought a new battery. Everything worked fine.

Today i was heading home from work, and about a quarter mile from my house i lose power, my engine starts running like a spark plug is missing, and smoke from under the hood, so much that i could barely see enough to limp it home. I shut it off as soon as i got into my drive way. The smoke seemed to increase as revs went up.

Car had 153k miles on it. It just passed inspection and emissions like 2 weeks ago. There were no problems prior to the accident.

Do you guys think this is just a coincidence or is it possible that the motor problem is related to the accident. The exhaust was knocked off the hangers, and also i noticed that my pass. side motor mount lid was blow off. I changed the oil on the day of the accident and i looked over my engine bay and it was still intact (the motor did not run out of oil, that was my first concern, and i checked for it today. there is less oil then i put in though)

So what do you guys think ?


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Honestly from the accident. My 2 How are you going to prove that with that many miles on your car though?
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Honestly from the accident. My 2 How are you going to prove that with that many miles on your car though?
that is exactly my concern, i sure will try though
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hmmmmm well where was the smoke coming from under the hood?
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geez sry.... idk how it would be connected unless the crash crushed wires together or somethign and shorted everything out but idk i would have it looked at and see what is wrong
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its not any type of electrical issue...it seems like it is coming from around the exhaust manifold or where the head and block meet
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Is it possible for the rear end to get hit and the exhaust to shove the engine at all?
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Is it possible for the rear end to get hit and the exhaust to shove the engine at all?
Very possible. The impact at the rear is directly connected to the front. There is a flexible section of the exhaust pipe near the engine, I bet it's damaged, or you could have cracked/damaged other parts near the engine.

When hit from the rear, the entire exhaust system would be working like a battering ram acting on the exhaust system near the front of the engine where it turns at a 90 degree angle to go up to the head.

As for the dead battery, you most likely have some electrical wires pinched.

Make sure you report this to the adjuster and see if you can have the wiring checked by the body shop as they do the repairs. If they can locate and document the damage to the wiring they can ususally have the insurance company revise the claim. The original estimates are just that, an estimate. Once the work is started, if there are concealed damages, your body shop can seek authorization to have it covered.
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You may have more than one problem.
The reason it didn't start after the collision is not because of the battery. The fuel shut-off gets tripped in a collision and you need to reset it. Look it up in the owners manual.

Your motor mounts probably needed to replaced prior to the collision. A minor rear hit shouldn't have caused them to break.

I'd also examine the entire exhaust system for problems. An impact to the tailpipe could conceivably tweak the pipes all the way to the exhaust manifold.
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also if you where stopped and you got pushed forward that might torque the engine and mess things up.
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