More often than not, our cars breakdown when we are least prepared or in the most inconveniencing time. It might be when we are on our way to a major event, leaving early to avoid being caught in the heavy traffic jam during rush hours or in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, vehicles are designed in a way that can be predictable. For example, the dashboard indicator can tell you that something is wrong or it's about to go wrong. The manufacturer's manual can also tell you that if you don't take certain actions after a given period of time, say change the motor oil or brake fluid, you risk damaging your car. In other words, following the recommended maintenance practices can keep your car running smoothly for many years to come. Here's what you need to be doing; Changing Motor Oil Regularly (As Recommended) Basically, most cars run by oil (as a primary lubricant) which gets dirty over time. The contaminated oil has debris that triggers friction which produces metal fra ... read more
Car Feels Bouncy when Driving. When things get Bumpy, you might want to consider possible Vehicle Mechanical problems. When a CV Joint begins to Fail, you will notice your Car Vibrate under Hard Acceleration. As it gets worse, the Minor Vibrations turn to violent shaking when under load. Another Common cause of Shaking while Idling can be Failing Engine Mounts. If the Vehicle makes a loud bang when putting in Gear indicates Torn Mounts. The most Common cause of Vibration is problems with your Wheels or Tires. Causes can be improper wheel and tire balance. Uneven Tire Wear, Separated Tire Tread, out of round Tires, damaged Wheels and g.even loose Lug Nuts. If there is ever any problem with your suspension, you will be able to feel it. If your Shocks and or Struts are Failing your Car will Bounce a lot before stopping. You may also Experience Harsh impact when Driving over Potholes and Bumps. or if you notice the vehicle leaning to one side. If you notice any of these issues, it&rsquo ... read more
How Long Can You Drive with Grinding Brakes? You never know when you’ll experience Braking trouble. One day you’re enjoying a smooth driving Experience. Then the next, you’re hearing Grinding Noises in your Brakes. When something like this happens it can be tempting to wait out the problem until you have money to fix it. But, waiting is not a good Idea. Depending on the Severity of the Damage. It may be possible to Drive the Car for a while before the Brakes completely Stop Working. This isn't advisable for two reasons: It is not Safe. Driving on Grinding Brakes will only make the issue Worse and increase the Cost of Repair. The Grinding Noise your Brakes are making is the lack of Pad Material in the Brakes. The Rotors and Pads become Metal to Metal. When this happens, you must Replace the Brake Pads as soon as possible. Failure to do so will only increase your repair Cost. Every time you step on your Brake Pedal. You are causing more Damage to the ... read more
What happens when your Tire Pressure Light Blinks? The Tire Pressure Sensors use a Battery to communicate with the Car. If the TPMS Light is Flashing, it could mean that the Battery in the Sensor is Dead. A TPMS Warning Light that illuminates solid means that one or more of the Tires has low Air Pressure. If the light flashes for 60-90 seconds and then illuminates solid. This is a signaling that there is a problem with the TPMS system. It is very likely that one or more of the sensors are not communicating with the vehicle. Sometimes the Spare Tire can the Problem. On some Manufacturer's the Spare Tire has a TPMS sensor.
Do I Need New Tires? Check both sides of the Tire for Damage. This could be in the form of chunks of missing Rubber, deep abrasions from hitting curbs, or a bulge in the Sidewall. A Bulge in the Sidewall is likely related to a Broken Cord inside the Tire. This is a serious condition. This can lead to a Tire Failing. Any chunking larger than a dime is bad. Larger Cracks or divots may be a sign of hitting a curb or an impact with a Road Hazard. No Tire Safety Check is complete without measuring the Tread. All Tires have a bar in the grooves that indicates 2/32nds of an inch. If this bridge in the groove is level with the top of the Tread, then you know it is time to change your Tires. You can also measure the Depth of the tread using a penny. If you can see all Lincoln’s head, then the Tire needs replaced. Also check the Tread for areas of Uneven Wear. This could be a sign of Mechanical issues such as Worn Suspension Parts or a Wheel Misalignment. Irregular Wear is more com ... read more