Yearly Archives: 2020

Why do I need to Flush My Brake Fluid?

Why do I need to Flush My Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid is “hygroscopic,” which means it actively attracts moisture from the air. This is often touted as the main reason to change your brake fluid. Many of parts of your braking system are made of metal. Flushing the brake fluid can prevent corrosion and failure of those metal components. Also because it attracts moisture water boils at a lower point than brake fluid. So as more moisture is absorbed in the brake fluid it in turn lowers the boiling point of your brake fluid. During hard braking the brake system creates a lot of heat and can boil the brake fluid. This causing the brake fluid to turn from a liquid into a gas. We all know gas is not good in hydraulic systems and will cause your pedal to drop to the floor. When this happens you will lose the ability to Stop. Come in and let our Trained professionals test your brake fluid and system for Free

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Brakes

My Car is Overheating, what do I do?

My Car is Overheating, what do I do?

At the first sign of overheating, shut off your air conditioner and open your windows: Doing so decreases the load on the engine and helps it cool off. Turn the heater all the way hot and blower fan on High: Doing this will utilize the heater core to help dissipate some of the heat from the Engine.  Try not to ride your brakes: In stop-and-go traffic, crawl along slowly, on little more than an idle, rather than moving up and then braking repeatedly. Brake drag increases the load on the engine and makes it heat up. If traffic is crawling, move up only when the gap between you and the vehicle in front of you gets too large. If you think that your vehicle is about to boil over, drive to the right-hand side of the road, open the hood, and sit there until things cool off: Remember, don’t open the radiator cap under these circumstances, and if your engine has boiled over, don’t add water until the engine is quite cool again. If the vehicle contin ... read more

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Cooling System

Key Signs It’s Time for A Wheel Alignment

Key Signs It’s Time for A Wheel Alignment

While on your commute, potholes, and speed bumps can be unavoidable. Staying vigilant can limit the amount of damage your vehicle sustains, but no matter how careful you are, there are still road hazards that can wreak havoc. After hitting a curb, you may be tempted to check your tires and the bumper. However, the damage may not always be visible. Driving over potholes and hitting roadblocks can impact the wheel alignment. Misaligned wheels can significantly affect your vehicle's performance, handling, and drivability. Below are a few key signs; it's time for a wheel alignment.  Your vehicle pulls in one direction. A common sign of misaligned wheels is your vehicle pulling in one direction. If you're driving on a smooth, flat road, and your car pulls to the right or left, there may be an alignment issue. Before scheduling an inspection, check the tire pressure of all tires. If correcting the tire pressure doesn't help, it's time for ... read more

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Maintenance

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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