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How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

Your vehicle's brake system is an integral part of how your vehicle operates. It is important for safety especially, making sure that you are able to slow down to stop when you need to. While brake issues may not occur for you very often, you should be aware of how often your car's brake pads should be replaced in order to keep safe on the road.  Brake pads are the component within the brake system that gently stops your vehicle's tires from rotating when you press down on the brake pedal. The brakes pads will press against the rotor in order to slow or stop the wheels. Since the brake pads undergo a high amount of heat, usage, and pressure, they tend to wear down over time. When you have worn brake pads, metal to metal contact can occur which can lead to a decrease in brake efficiency and other brake part damage.  Good quality brake pads can last anywhere between 30,000 and 60,000 miles, however other factors such as how often you drive your car and your indivi ... read more

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Brakes

5 Signs it’s Time for a Radiator Flush

5 Signs it’s Time for a Radiator Flush

The cooling system relies on a healthy radiator to regulate the temperature in the engine. The engine has several fast-moving parts that create friction and extreme heat. Coolant sweeps through the engine to carry away the heat, and the radiator releases it into the atmosphere. As you drive, the radiator can develop leaks and become damaged. Without adequate maintenance, corrosion can form inside the vehicle’s cooling system leading to small holes. This is where the radiator flush comes into play. Flushing the radiator eliminates rust, dirt, and other undesired contaminants that have accumulated over time. These pollutants make the coolant ineffective, causing it to struggle to cool the engine. To keep your cooling system running at its best, below are five signs, it’s time for a radiator flush. There’s a coolant leak underneath your vehicle.  The engine has overheated, but your coolant levels are high.   There’s visible debris inside the coola ... read more

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Cooling System

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Why does my Head Gasket keeps blowing?

Why does my Head Gasket keeps blowing?

Why does my Head Gasket keeps blowing? Head Gaskets are put under enormous stress during Engine operation, and failure may be caused by any of the following factors: Mechanical Forces. The nature of the detonations in an engine creates huge amounts of energy, or Pressure, every time the Cylinders fire. Over time, these forces stress Head Gaskets and can eventually lead to Cracks in the Heads and or Blocks and Cause Leaks. HEAT. An Engine creates large amounts of heat under operation. A difference in thermal expansion rates between the engine block and head mean the head gasket in between is subjected to high thermal and mechanical stresses that slowly wear the gasket down. VIBRATION. Natural vibrations from the Engine and those created as the Vehicle is driven down the road also fatigue the head gasket over time. Head bolts, which keep the Head Gasket sandwiched between the Block and Head, can start to weaken, break or stretch (and possibly warp) to allow increased friction and vibra ... read more

How can I keep my Vehicle from producing Excess Emissions

How can I keep my Vehicle from producing Excess Emissions

There is several things that you can do to help decrease your vehicles Emissions. One of the biggest tells that you should look for that your vehicle is producing excessive amounts of emission is that light that comes on on your dash that say Check Engine. The check engine light on the dashboard is a warning that many vehicle owners dread. The check engine light is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunction in the vehicle’s emissions, ignition, fuel or exhaust systems. It could be  caused by something as simple as a loose gas cap or a faulty oxygen sensor or spark plug or something as severe as a faulty catalytic converter or major engine problems, so you shouldn’t ignore it. All cars and light trucks have onboard diagnostics that are supposed to detect engine-related problems that affect the emissions control systems. The check engine light (typically a yellow or orange outline of an engine with the word “Check” or ... read more

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Ignition System

5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Fuel Filter

5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Fuel Filter

Most drivers are familiar with the cabin filter and the engine filter, but what about the fuel filter? Despite its essential function, the fuel filter is often forgotten and even neglected. The fuel filter protects the engine from harmful dirt, debris, and pollutants. If pollutants enter the fuel, it can wreak havoc for the engine and cause unnecessary wear and tear. This makes it essential for the fuel filter to be inspected and changed in order to keep your vehicle running at peak performance. For most vehicles, the fuel filter should be replaced roughly every 30,000 miles. If you don’t remember the last time the fuel filter was inspected, below are five helpful signs that it’s time to have it changed. Bad Gas Mileage A dirty fuel filter restricts the amount of fuel that flows to the engine. If the engine isn’t getting an adequate amount of fuel, it will work harder and struggle to move the car. The vehicle ends up burning more fuel to operate. The ... read more

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