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My used Nissan Maxima worked fine when I lived in Seattle. After moving to GA, the car has been giving problems and I have to take it to the mechanic almost every month for the past 7 months to change brakes, starter, belts..... My worry now is that when I drive, the normal noise of the car suddenly gets bigger ( Like flapping noise) for about a minute and goes away on its own. Why does this happen? Secondly, the hood of the car has gotten very dull and ugly after moving to GA. The mechanic tried to clean it with some liquid, but has left big discolored patches instead which looks even more ugly. Another mechanic said that the hood must have an original defect but it looked just fine when I lived in Seattle. Please advise as to what I need to do about the hood as the patches look really bad. Please explain difference between car detail and painting. Thanks. Could the change in weather be affecting both the car parts and the exterior body work of the car?

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Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive Absolutely, the change in weather will affect both car parts and the exterior. As a result, things that didn't wear so much before are going to wear out much quicker now. The car is also getting older. As cars age, they will require more reqpairs. I would have the noise looked at by a qualified mechanic. If the noise is more pronounced when the car is cold (first start up overnight) you may want to leave it at the shop overnight so they can figure out whats going on. Detailing will clean your car. Painting will recoat the outside of your car.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube The change of location should not cause the car to run differently. See a mechanic for help. As for the hood, waxing would be the way to start as the sun is stronger in GA and the car will need waxing more often. If that doesn't help then paint it.

Geralynn Kottschade, Vice President at Jerry's Body Shop Inc. Not sure what your miles are on your vehicle but unfortunately parts do break and wear out. Why your noises happen then go away could be a number of things, moulding loose, heat shield, something rolling around in your trunk, even a rock can cause noises. Your hood, take it to a qualified collision repair shop and get their opinion of what it is. Detailing is cleaning your car, waxing or polishing - painting just what is says painting. And yes climate can effect the exterior of your car

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