Yearly Archives: 2022

Signs That Indicate Hydraulic Power Steering Problems

Signs That Indicate Hydraulic Power Steering Problems

If you have a traditional power steering system, you most likely rely on power steering fluid for smooth and easy turns. Power steering fluid provides hydraulic pressure, and it sometimes requires maintenance. If your steering fluid is dark, contaminated, or leaking, you will need the appropriate repairs to restore your steering. You may notice the following signs when your power steering is malfunctioning: Stiff Steering Wheel If your steering wheel is super stiff and hard to turn, it is a tell-tale sign that you need power steering repairs. It can be hazardous for your power steering to disengage in the middle of driving. You may need a mechanical repair or power steering fluid service. Slow Response On the other hand, your steering wheel may feel overly loose. If your wheel movements don’t correspond with your steering wheel, it can mean that you have an alignment issue. However, it is also worth checking if the power steering system is affected.  Noisy Steering If ... read more

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

The water pump is a component of the engine that pumps water and oil through the machine. The oil is used to lubricate parts of the engine and to cool it down. The water helps to cool the oil and provide lubrication. The water pump is part of an engine's cooling system. It draws water from the radiator and forces it through a series of tubes, eventually transferring it into a tank on the other side of the car. When you turn on your vehicle, this tank fills up with cold water and then flows to one or more cylinders in your engine, where it flows through them until they are sufficiently cooled down. Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump When your car's water pump fails, you may notice the following: Shuddering when you start your vehicle or turn it off. Loud noises from under the hood (such as a clunking sound) An oily or slippery feeling under your car when you get in or out. Your car may suddenly lose power, especially when you stop at a stop sign or red light. You may hear ... read more

What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

Just like everyone around you seems to have an opinion on what you need to personally do to stay healthy and fit, the same is true for your car. It seems that everyone has a different perspective about which maintenance schedule you should follow in order to keep your vehicle operating at its optimal best. The reality is that it depends on your driving habits and the type of car that you own. That being said, there are some general rules that you should follow when deciding how often to perform maintenance on your vehicle. Idle Cars Need Maintenance As Well Many car owners make the mistake of thinking that a vehicle seldom driven is a vehicle that never breaks down. This is not actually the case. Cars actually need to be driven quite often in order to continue performing at their best. This is because needs to get hot, the oil needs to move through the system, and batteries depend on a moving vehicle in order to charge. Even tires can begin to show wear if they sit for too long. If y ... read more

Signs of Worn Vehicle Suspension

Signs of Worn Vehicle Suspension

When you drive the same car every day, you get used to how it feels on the road. Any unusual feeling will definitely stick out like a sore thumb. When you notice a loss in handling and comfortability of your car, one of the first areas you should check is the suspension system. Here are some of the signs of trouble when it comes to the suspension: Drifting to the Side Whenever you buckle up for a turn in your car, your suspension system should hold up the vehicle’s weight to minimize the impact. However, you’re more likely to roll over and feel each turn when your car’s shocks are no longer stabilizing the vehicle body against the force of every turn. Difficulty Steering Steering troubles often go hand-in-hand with worn suspension parts. Therefore, you should have your suspension components inspected if you notice a stiff or crooked steering wheel. In some cases, the trouble can extend beyond the power steering system.  Bumpy Ride Your car, SUV, or truck su ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

Driving with worn brake pads destroys the brake rotors and reduces braking performance which can cost a pretty penny to fix. Knowing when to get your brake pads and shoes replaced is the key to staying ahead of the game. When To Replace Brake Pads? Your vehicle's brakes stand between you and an accident. If your brake pads aren't functioning correctly, you may not be able to stop your vehicle in time. Therefore knowing when to change brake pads is critical. Brake pads should be replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Changing the brake pads is necessary if you detect any of the following indicators. If you travel in stop-and-go traffic, you'll require brake pad replacement more frequently than a freeway driver. Some drivers stomp on the brakes more often than they should, which means the brake pads need to be replaced more often. Further Signs Your Brake Pads Need To Be Replaced Noise If your brake pads make an odd noise while braking they may need replacing Driving ... read more