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What causes Struts to go Bad?

What causes Struts to go Bad?

  Struts are strong enough to take a lot of punishment. After tens of thousands of miles, your struts will wear out. The Struts are constantly going up and down as you drive down the Road.  The rougher the roads the Quicker the Struts will wear out. Some of the signs your Struts are Bad are Cupping going diagonal across the Tread of the Tire. When you Stop, your car Bounces more than once is also an indicator your Struts are Bad. You May also Feel every Bump in the Road or you can see that the Struts are Leaking Fluid. The Leading cause of Struts going bad is Wear. The design of a Strut is to go up and down only so many times before it will Fail. Most Strut were out at 50,000 miles. Some Struts Life will be Shortened by rough driving conditions. Other Causes for Struts to go Bad are manufacturing defects or Physical Damage. This Damage can come from an accident or from Road Debris.  If your Struts are Bad your Braking Distance will be much longer. You will Wear other St ... read more

Why does my Car Battery keep Dying overnight?

 Why does my Car Battery keep Dying overnight?

    Your Car's Battery is a Storage Device that stores Electrical Energy. If the materials in the Battery become damaged or Diluted. Your Battery will not be able to hold the Electrical Charge for very long. Over time the materials in a battery will degrade. Excessive loads on a Battery can Shorten your battery Life.  Extreme Temperatures also shorten your Batteries Life.  Broken Battery holders will cause your Vehicle's Battery to slide around. This movement may cause internal damage to the Battery. It can also cause your Battery Terminals to come Loose.  Proper Maintenance and Inspections can extend a Batteries Life. Inspecting your Battery at every Service will help keep you from getting Stranded. A short in your Electrical Systems will cause an excessive current draw. When the Draw is present with your Key off you will have a Dead Battery overnight. Your Charging system handles maintaining the charge in your Battery. If there is a problem with you ... read more

Why is my Car AC Blowing Hot Air?

 Why is my Car AC Blowing Hot Air?

    Summer is here. During your daily commute you rely on your AC System to keep you Cool. Nothing is worse than sitting in Rush Hour Traffic with no Climate Control. The most common cause of your AC blowing Hot Air is that your AC System is Low on Refrigerant. Leaks develop due to the nature of the conditions that your Vehicle experiences. Vibration from Road Condition and Climate Conditions. Some AC Systems come with a UV Dye in the oil. If your AC System does not have Dye in it. The best way to find the leak is to have a Trained and Certified AC Professional add Dye to your AC System. Sometimes you can see the Oil Residue where the Leak is coming from. Other times an Electronic Leak Detector will find the Leak. Continuing to Run your AC System Low causes Damage to the Compressor and other AC Components.  This Damage may be bad enough that you will have to Replace your entire AC System. Other causes for your AC System to Blow Hot Air is a Restricted AC Condenser. If t ... read more

What Oil to use in my Car?

What Oil to use in my Car?

  Your Car's Engine Oil needs to be able to Flow during a wide range of temperatures.  This is also a consideration where you live and what your Driving style is. Hotter climates need a Thicker Oil than cooler climates.  The Engine Oil has to be thin enough for cold starts. But be thick enough to not be too Thin when the engine is hot. One of the Characteristics of Oil is it gets Thinner the Hotter it gets. This requires the use of a Multi-viscosity Oil. Multi-viscosity oils are a blend of low-viscosity base oil. Then they add  Viscosity Index Improvers. So you take a SAE 15W Oil and add the correct proportion of VI Improvers. The Engine Oil will perform like 15W at low Temperatures and SAE 40W at High Temperatures.  True Multi-viscosity Oils will have 120 or more  Viscosity Index Improvers. Most Modern Engines will need to use 0w20, 5w20 or 5w30. Please check your Owners Manual for OEM recommended oil uses for your area and driving style.  You ... read more

What is the difference between Run Flat Tires vs Regular tires?

What is the difference between Run Flat Tires vs Regular tires?

  What is the difference between Run Flat Tires vs Regular tires?   A  Run Flat Tire can support the Weight of the Vehicle for a Short amount of Time. A Standard Tire has a soft Sidewall and will not support the Weight of the Vehicle without Air.  A Run Flat Tire can do this because of its Stiffer Side Walls.  Some Manufacturers will allow you to Drive on a flat for up to 100 miles. Having Run Flats on your Vehicle will give you more room in the Trunk due to not needing a Spare Tire. So remember this if you are wanting to switch from Run Flat Tires. Most Vehicles that come with Run Flats will not even have a Jack. Run Flat Tires are generally 30 to 60% more expensive than your Standard Tire. You can replace 4 Run Flat Tires with 4 Conventional Tires. You will need to make sure they meet your Vehicle's Recommendations. You cannot mix and match them. Run Flat Tires also have different Handling Characteristics. They also will not Wear as long as Conventiona ... read more