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How Often Should I Replace Wheel Bearings?

How Often Should I Replace Wheel Bearings?

Wheel bearings are a necessary component for your vehicle's hub, tire, and wheel assemblies to work correctly. A wheel bearing comes in a set of round, metal pieces known as ball bearings held together by a ring. These little pieces allow for a smooth rotation and movement of the hub assembly, which is a critical piece of your vehicle's steering system. Each wheel has its own wheel bearings, so a typical car should have four sets total. Your wheel bearings have a heavy impact on the handling of your vehicle. It would be extremely dangerous to drive with old wheel bearings, as it may cause your wheels to stop turning entirely and abruptly.   You should expect to replace wheel bearings every 85,000-100,000 miles. However, this number is only a guess, as it also depends on the quality of the bearings. Unless both bearings on all side of the wheels are overworked, there is no need to replace them all at once. You should only swap out the ones that need it.   What Are ... read more

What Is the Difference Between a Fluid Change & a Fluid Flush?

What Is the Difference Between a Fluid Change & a Fluid Flush?

Your car houses several fluids to keep internal components lubricated and enable systems to work correctly. The six essential fluids of every vehicle are engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, radiator coolant, and windshield wiper fluid. If these fluids run out or the fluid itself is not in good shape, your vehicle could exhibit significant problems.   Fluid Maintenance It is highly recommended that you check your fluids regularly. The most common fluid maintenance service is an oil change. Other fluids usually don't need to be refilled or replaced as often. You may hear a couple of different terms regarding fluid maintenance: fluid change and fluid flush. Sometimes, the average person uses these terms interchangeably, but there is a major difference between the two automotive services.   Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush A fluid change is a simple process. It involves draining the fluid currently in the pan or reservoir and replacing it wit ... read more

When Are You Supposed to Use Your Hazard Lights?

When Are You Supposed to Use Your Hazard Lights?

Your hazard lights, or blinkers, should be one of the most minor used features of your car because it is designed only to be used in case of emergencies. Though your lights are a good form of communication to others on the road, there are right and wrong times to use them. Some laws state when you should use them too, and they vary from state to state. We will go over the instances of when you should and shouldn't use your blinkers.   When to Use Your Hazard Lights   Getting pulled over. If you see the red and blue flashing lights creeping up on you, turn on your hazard lights to show the police officer that you acknowledge their request. Then, slow down, turn on your hazard lights, and remain seated.   Your car breaks down, and you're waiting for a tow. Whenever your car breaks down, always remember to use your hazard lights to signal to other vehicles that you need to get to the road shoulder. This warning to other drivers will allow them to get safely ar ... read more

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

There are a few major reasons that would cause your car to vibrate when the braking system is applied. Most likely, this would have to do with one or a few parts of the braking system itself. That could include the brake pads, brake rotors, brake calipers, or perhaps even simply worn tires. Your vehicle's brake pads are responsible for applying force and friction to the brake rotors in order to slow down and eventually fully stop the spinning of the vehicle's wheels. If your brake pads are worn down, they may squeak, squeal, and eventually cause your vehicle to vibrate as they try to do their job of slowing down your car. Make sure to have your brake pads replaced at the first sign of trouble to keep yourself and your passengers safe. As stated earlier, your vehicle's braking rotors get pressed down by the brake pads to slow down the vehicle. If your braking rotors are either out of balance or have been worn down due to grinding on metal caused by extremely worn down brak ... read more

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Spring Season

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Spring Season

The spring season is here and presents excellent weather to enjoy and explore the outdoors. As you plan that road trip you've waited so much to embark on or simply want to drive more often, you need to prepare your vehicle for the spring. That said, take the car to a professional auto care shop for inspections (and repairs) so that it serves you well when driving in the spring weather. Wash Your Car If you haven't driven your car over winter, the chances are that dirt, mineral salts, and winter elements have built upon the body and undercarriage. You need first to take it to a professional car wash to clean the surface and the undercarriage. That prevents corrosion ad dirt build-up. Have the Tires Inspected and Aligned Winter driving harms the wheels and tires. Having them inspected and aligned ensures driving safety. It also prevents uneven wear on tires, extending their functional lifespan. Tire-tread inspection is also critical. They must have enough depth to offer high ... read more

Factory Recommended Services - How Important Are They?

Factory Recommended Services - How Important Are They?

Buying a car is fun, exciting, and a big responsibility, all in one. With cars come much freedom and independence as well as a healthy dose of hassle. You must carry liability insurance coverage, keep up with tags and registration, and the high cost of gas. Plus, you are expected to have routine maintenance performed at regular intervals, along with factory-recommended maintenance. Every factory has a list of specific guidelines for recommended maintenance and when it should be performed. Oil changes are recommended every 3,000 miles, or once every three months, along with having your filter replaced. At 30,000 miles, it is highly suggested that you go for an engine air filter change, along with getting your tires rotated to prevent too much wear and tear on their tread. There are three good reasons to keep up with factory-recommended maintenance. One is that it can help improve your mileage. This is especially true for oil changes and tire rotations, as both are equally helpful in m ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Throttle Body

What are the Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Throttle Body

The throttle body forms part of the system that controls air intake. Air is necessary for fuel combustion, but it should be allowed in the right proportion. The amount of air that comes in is controlled by the accelerator. The harder you press it, the larger the amount of air allowed. This means, if your throttle body fails, you'll have problems accelerating. The signs that the throttle body has failed or is failing include: 1. Grime Buildup Grime and dirt will build up in the throttle body's casing (this is referred to as coking) and interrupt the fuel-air flow. Air and fuel should mix in the right proportion and smoothly without interruption. Apart from grime and dirt, carbon particles can also build upon the casing's surface, and they'll have a similar effect as dirt and grime. 2. Electrical Problems Electrical components connected to the throttle body can get damaged. This will interrupt the transmission of information to the vehicle's computer. With poor ... read more

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for winter driving is to "winterize" your vehicle. This means getting your car ready for braving the elements that can include freezing temperatures, blizzards, sleet, and snow. In this article, we provide a few tips and tricks on winterizing your vehicle and preparing your car to stay safe on the roads this winter. Tip #1. Make sure your heating and defrosting systems are ready to take on colder temperatures. Check the levels for critical fluids like transmission fluid, radiator fluid, antifreeze, to keep your heating system running throughout the winter season. Tip #2. Keep at least a half tank of gas during the winter months. Car repair experts recommend keeping at least a half tank of gas in your car to prevent gas tank-related issues. Tip #3. Reduce your speed limit while driving in the winter months to allow additional stopping time on icy or snow ... read more

Winter Emergency Car Kit

Winter Emergency Car Kit

With the onset of snow, ice and sleet that comes as the winter months set in, driving becomes a lot more hazardous. The temperature drops, it might be harder to see and the roads may be slippier than usual so all of a sudden, the chances of being involved in an accident or getting stranded are much higher. You need to be prepared. This guide can be used as a checklist for things to include in your winter emergency car kit to keep you and any passengers safe in these colder months. Prevent Emergency Windshield scraper and de-icer: It's common for ice and snow to accumulate on your car and this can seriously affect your vision. A scraper and de-icer solution will make sure you can always see the road clearly.  Jump cables: Car batteries don't like cold. In fact, they lose around 60% of their strength when the temperature drops to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Sunglasses: While this may seem a strange thing to inc ... read more

Common Reasons the Check Engine Light Is On

Common Reasons the Check Engine Light Is On

When the check engine light comes on it’s easy to assume the worst. You know something may be wrong under the hood and this can leave you paranoid and anxious. There can be several reasons the check engine light is on. And while it’s tempting to neglect it, it can cause costly repairs in the long run. Identifying the issue is crucial to the health of your vehicle. Below are three common reasons why the check engine light may have come on. Spark Plugs The spark plugs supply the spark that ignites a mini-explosion in the combustion chamber. The spark plugs should be replaced once a year or at least every 10,000 miles. Spark plugs that are worn or damaged will not be able to properly ignite the air/fuel mixture in the cylinders. Neglecting your spark plugs can only snowball into larger problems. Faulty spark plugs can cause a major decrease in performance, poor fuel economy, and even an engine misfire. If the check engine light comes on, try checki ... read more

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