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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Watch out for the Signs of a Bad Radiator!

Watch out for the Signs of a Bad Radiator!

It's that time of year again when people are starting to plan their spring and summer road trips. A breakdown on the side of the road is always unfortunate, but especially when you're ready for some fresh scenery after the cold and dark days of winter. An important part of your vehicle to have checked out before you head down the road is the radiator and cooling system. Watch out for these signs of a bad radiator so that you're not trapped in a strange town looking for a radiator replacement. The following are three common signs that your radiator may be broken, cracked, or simply clogged with debris and corrosion: Overheating - An overheating engine indicates that the coolant cannot get where it needs to go because the radiator is not functioning properly. Depending on the model of your vehicle, you may see a warning light first, or the temperature ... read more

5 Reasons Why a Wheel Alignment Goes Bad!

5 Reasons Why a Wheel Alignment Goes Bad!

Because car alignment is not an obvious component of your vehicle, many drivers don't give it a second thought until they start to notice steering problems. Their vehicle keeps pulling to the side even though they are steering straight ahead. They may start to wonder about the reasons why a wheel alignment goes bad. Unfortunately, it's a fact of life that misalignment just comes with vehicle ownership. Misalignment is when your tires are not pointing in the same direction as the steering wheel and will negatively affect your steering, suspension, and tires. More importantly, it compromises driving safety. Even though misalignment can occur naturally over time, it's often caused by a specific incident. Here are 5 common reasons why a wheel alignment goes bad: Hitting curbs -- Hitting ... read more

What Does Transmission Service Include?

What Does Transmission Service Include?

Are you starting to notice jerking and stalling when your car shifts gears? Periodic transmission service is required to ensure that your vehicle will run smoothly and efficiently, with all components properly lubricated and in good working condition. A general inspection and replacement of the transmission fluid, filter and gasket will reveal minor transmission problems that can be fixed along the way. However, a lift inspection is needed to find major trouble, such as a pending transmission rebuild. You may be wondering just what does transmission service include?Replace Pan Gasket -- The pan gasket (located around the rim of the transmission pan) can get worn and cracked with the passage of time, leading to transmission fluid leaks. The gasket can be replaced quite easily is relatively inexpensive. If the current gasket is reusable (of high ... read more

Top 6 Causes of Brake Failure

Top 6 Causes of Brake Failure

If you have been maintaining your brakes on a regular basis, it is unlikely you will experience brake failure. However, it is good for vehicle owners to know the causes of brake failure, also referred to as brake fade. Unfortunately, brakes can completely fail, losing their ability to perform. Described below are some of the causes of brake failure: Loss Of Brake Fluid Pressure -- The braking system works with hydraulic pressure. If there is any type of leak in the brake line, caliper or wheel cylinder, there could be insufficient pressure in the brake line for the brakes to work properly. Loss of Air Pressure - If the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor when it is depressed, it means the air pressure in the brake line could be the problem. If the pressure drops too low when driving, the vehicle should no longer be driven. Rusty Brake Line ... read more

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