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My prefix is found in an automobile,
My infix corrects a mistake with mistakes,
My suffix is practice if you're very old.
My whole may be found unexpectedly.

Hint:

My infix is not spelled correctly.

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My prefix is found in an automobile

water - added to battery acid, radiator coolant and windscreen washer detergent.

My infix corrects a mistake with mistakes

erf - applied to a single measurement (not exact - a mistake) of a normal distribution, gives a range and a probability it lies in range, so corrects a mistake to two mistakes, using mistakes.

My suffix is practice if you're very old.

fall - practice meaning to do often, and old age increases the risk of falling.

My whole may be found unexpectedly.

waterfall- famous ones, such as the Angel Falls, were rediscovered unexpectedly by foreigners.

No explanation of the title or the literature tag, so no high hopes, though the question may get other responses, or a hint.


First failed try: My prefix is found in an automobile,

rev - a turn of the engine

My infix corrects a mistake with mistakes,

revoc - cover up, efforts to fix a mistake, leading to a litany of mistakes

My suffix is practice if you're very old.

vocation - one's life's work, practice being your work

My whole may be found unexpectedly.

revocation - cancellation or calling off something, usually unplanned

Read it carefully

literature tag - :)

I think this answer will be annulled by Rand.

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry, annulling this answer. The infix in particular is a stretch (although my intended answer is also a bit dodgy in the infix), and also the "found unexpectedly" part. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 12 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Rand - I propose this edit to the question 'My prefix is one found in an automobile, my infix follows a mistake with a more mistakes, my suffix is what the old may have practised, I often am unexpected. ' $\endgroup$ – Tom Apr 12 at 13:46
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Prefix=Auto ->(auto)mobile infix= S -> Mistake(s) suffix= -> MD (old practice was Medicine from MD) whole=found (maybe :)

Autofoundsmd

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    $\begingroup$ ... is "autofoundsmd" a word? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 24 at 18:27
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    $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor I have no idea ... $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Apr 24 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ Relevant: google.com/… $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Apr 24 at 18:53

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