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Yearly Archives: 2021

What Are the Benefits of a Wheel Alignment?

What Are the Benefits of a Wheel Alignment?

Proper wheel alignment is essential for various reasons - alignments ensure that drivers have adequate control of their vehicle, keep the wheels and brakes working correctly, and avoid excessive/premature tire wear. A wheel alignment is a service consisting of adjusting the angles of your vehicle's tires to manufacturer specs. Most vehicle manufacturers have different directions for how often your automobile needs a wheel alignment. However, it usually ranges from once a year to every two years. It is generally dependent on the amount of driving you do and how you handle your vehicle.   A wheel alignment sets the caster, camber, and toe for the front wheels on your car. Although the service is usually routine, sometimes you may need an alignment sooner than you think. In cases where your vehicle's tires are forced out of alignment, like hitting potholes, speedbumps, and debris, then you'll need one ASAP. Below are the following signs your vehicle may display its need ... read more

How Long Is a Car Battery Good For?

How Long Is a Car Battery Good For?

Your car battery is a basic yet fundamental piece of equipment that we all tend to take for granted – until it stops working! You need this essential piece to be able to start your car. Additionally, it also provides power to the electronic components throughout the vehicle (stereo, lights, power windows/doors, electric power steering, etc.). Most vehicle batteries will last an average of 4 to 6 years, depending on the quality of the battery. The longevity of the battery is also affected by the temperature it sits in, engine vibration, and any after-market items that have been attached that need access to the battery.   The most proactive strategy that you can take to your battery is to request to have it tested when your vehicle is in the auto shop for other reasons (oil change, tire replacement, maintenance, etc.). A load test is more than simply checking if the battery is charged – it sets the battery under the same conditions as if your car's starter was usin ... read more

Watch Out for Your Car's Water Pump!

Watch Out for Your Car's Water Pump!

It can get H-O-T in Tempe, AZ, during the summer months, which enables your car's engine to overheat faster if it is not cooled correctly. Your car's engine must have an adequate amount of coolant supplied consistently to maintain a stable temperature. That's where the water pump comes in - it is an engine component that supports the coolant flow. When it's not functioning precisely, your engine will overheat and suffer from irreversible damage. Here are the top three symptoms of a failing water pump to look out for in your vehicle:   Coolant Leaks When you notice some puddles sitting front and center of your car, it may indicate that your water pump is at risk. When the seal and gaskets come off, the flow of the coolant will become disrupted, and the coolant will leak.   Whining Sounds A loose water pump belt, or pulley, makes whining sounds when it ages. A whining noise coming from the engine area signifies that the water pump has developed some proble ... read more

Check Engine Light - Not Just Another Pretty Neon Sign!

Check Engine Light - Not Just Another Pretty Neon Sign!

The check engine light usually flashes on the dashboard with an amber color—or a similar color depending on the car's model. The dashboard appears eye-catching with the colorful gauges and meter lights, but don't let the appearance of an indicator light fool you. The check engine light is not just a neon flash but a sign that there's a problem with your engine. That's enough reason to make your stomach churn. The only disadvantage is that the motor can suffer a range of failures, and it becomes difficult to tell what the issue is when the check engine light illuminates. It might mean anything minor like a poorly fastened gas cap or a complicated problem like engine misfiring. The engine sensors connected to the vehicle computer signals it when there is any malfunction or failure within the engine block and its related parts. The computer system then triggers the engine light to flash, sending a visual feed that you see on the dashboard. Nonetheless, the real cau ... read more

What Fluids Need to Be Changed In My Car?

What Fluids Need to Be Changed In My Car?

Every vehicle requires maintenance and upkeep in order to function correctly and reliably, with the ability to get you and your fellow passengers to all your desired destinations. One important aspect of proper maintenance is the timely flush and exchange of all the necessary fluids that keep your vehicle's engine and transmission components functioning in top condition. These are the most important fluids within your vehicle that need to be replaced periodically: Brake fluid is both a lubricant and used to aid in the movement of the brake pedal to engage the brake pads at the wheels. It is essential to have your braking system work properly. For best practices, make sure the brake fluid never goes below the minimum amount required, and that the fluid gets flushed and refilled with new fluid according to manufacturers' recommendations. Power steering fluid is also very important to your vehicle's proper functioning, as it allows you to turn your ste ... read more

How Do I Know if I Have Air in My Brake Lines?

How Do I Know if I Have Air in My Brake Lines?

Your brake lines transform the brake pedal into action as you apply pressure to stop your vehicle. They serve as the communication system that tells your brakes when to stop. Yet just like any ordinary mechanism, they can have anything go wrong with them at any time. Brake lines contain brake fluid that is vital to your ability to stop immediately. This fluid is carried from the master cylinder and goes straight into the calipers once you apply the pressure. And that's when your vehicle comes to a full stop. This action is prominent in hydraulic brake systems where fluid brakes and brake pads are used. One of the most common problems that can happen with your brake lines is the invasion of air. Air can get into them and result in a vehicle's inability to come to a full stop. Just imagine cruising down a busy highway only to have to stop suddenly. If air were inside your brake lines, something fatal could happen. A wreck might ensue if you cannot stop right in time, so knowing ... read more

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