After Accident Issues Not Attributed to Accident

Tiny
BABKA333
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  • 2009 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 6.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 113,000 MILES
My car was hit from behind by a large truck a couple of wks. Ago. The complete trunk had to be replaced.
Prior to accident the heater blower worked and now does not also they said I need two motor mounts as I now feel vibration when car is stopped at a light plus pull to the left. I did not notice the vibration prior to accident.
Now, my cost to repair these issues is over $800.00 and none of it will be part of the accident coverage.
At time of accident I had just got into my car. Engine was not started and the guy backed into me.
The vehicle that hit my car was one of those with two sets of tires on the back and seemed to have a high height to get into it.
I would just like another opinion regarding the insurance coverage. If someone can tell me that motor mounts need to be replaced on Toyota Camrys regularly and the heater blower motor going out is just a coincidence, so be it. I am getting another quote for repairs but really is a hit financially.
Thank you. P.S. I guessed at the liter as not sure and topic below for suspension I guessed this area for the motor mounts
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Thursday, November 12th, 2015 AT 9:54 PM

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Tiny
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I can offer a few suggestions. First, the steering and suspension systems should be inspected at a tire and alignment shop. The people there are experts at finding the causes of noises, pulls, and vibrations. A pull to one side can be caused by a misaligned rear wheel. Given the circumstances, it's likely a rear control arm is bent. If that can't be seen by eye as a tire turned or leaning in or out on top, it will definitely show up on the alignment computer.

Some Toyota cars use electric engine mounts that listen to engine vibration, then inject an opposite vibration so they cancel each other out. That makes the engine idle so smoothly that you can barely tell it's running. When that system stops working, you're left with the common, typical, and normal vibration, especially if you have a four-cylinder engine, but when you aren't used to that, it feels like you have some unusual vibration that obviously wasn't there before.
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Thursday, November 12th, 2015 AT 10:52 PM
Tiny
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Thank you so much. I think your info. Will be helpful getting this all resolved.I will let you know how this turns out.
I did not see what you said about the heater blower motor or I missed your input on that one. Let me know if you had an opinion on that is it was at all related to the accident which might be just coincidental.
Your help is so appreciated.
Louise from Eastlake, Ohio
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Friday, November 13th, 2015 AT 8:54 AM
Tiny
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The dead heater fan has to be diagnosed first. Part of the job includes determining why the problem occurred so it doesn't happen again. Once you know that, you can prove or disprove if the crash caused it.
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Friday, November 13th, 2015 AT 10:03 PM

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