Keeping your car healthy requires understanding when you should be taking it in for check-ups. This applies both to wear on car parts as well as the useful life of its various fluids. For brake fluid, unfortunately, there is no general guideline. Read on to learn why brake fluid is important and how to know if your brake fluid is ready to be change.
What is brake fluid and why is it important?
Brake fluid essentially helps all the various parts of your car’s braking system move. This hydraulic fluid is a non-compressible substance that lies within your brake line and operates under high temperature and high pressure. Brake fluid is what delivers the force created by your push on the brake pedal to each of the brake rotors and ultimately causes your wheels to slow or stop [...]
Your brakes are squeaking, big deal or mild annoyance? Learn what brake noises say about the health of your vehicle.
Brakes can squeak for many different reasons. Recognizing which are serious concerns is an important skill to develop. Here is a list of the common causes of brake noises and what to do about them: Cause:Your car has been sitting overnight and now your breaks are squeaking
What’s happening: This is not uncommon and typically caused by moisture from rain or dew that collects on the surface of rotors and creates a thin layer of rust to form on their surface. The brake pads scrape this rust as the rotors turn and it gets stuck and embedded on the leading edge of the brake pad, causing a squeak. The noise should go away after several brake applications.
Your automobile’s water pump performs a critical function. Do you know what it does and, more importantly, how to know if it’s failing?
What is a water pump and why is it important?
The water pump, which is tucked under your car’s timing belt cover, is responsible for maintaining a safe engine operating temperature. It is powered by your engine and circulates liquid coolant through the engine cooling system and the radiator. If your water pump fails, your engine may overheat, causing serious damage and possibly requiring a new engine.
When and why should I replace my water pump?
Water pumps typically do not need to be replaced unless a leak develops or the pump fails. (The exception is a water pump that is driven by a timing belt, rather than the accessory drive belt. In those cases, the water [...]
Your windshield is the leading safety restraint of your car- adding strength during an accident and preventing occupants from being ejected. If it needs repair, here’s what you need to know about getting it fixed and making sure it continues to protect you and your passengers.
Don’t opt for the lowest cost option. If a windshield is not installed correctly, it could pop out in an accident, which would allow the roof to cave in and crush the people inside the vehicle. In the event of an accident, the deployment of the airbag exerts a force on the windshield. If it isn’t glued in properly, the windshield could be blown out.
Be sure you utilize a certified automotive shop that is experienced and trained in windshield repair. Mistakes such as not wearing gloves can result in grease that prevents the adhesive from [...]
Finding a trusted auto body shop is extremely important in maintaining the health of your vehicle and minimizing unnecessary automobile expenditures. Take these factors into consideration before choosing your go-to mechanic:
One of the best places to go for information you can trust is your circle of friends. Ask them what body shop they have used in the past and how satisfied they were. Referrals are a great way to identify quality shops.
Read online reviews. There are numerous online sites that allow customers to weigh in on their experience.
Contact your local consumer organization and find out if there have been any complaints made against a particular shop and how the complaints were resolved.
Shop qualifications. Visit the auto repair shop and:
Ready to add some extras to your vehicle? Learn what aftermarket options you have and what impact they will have on your car or truck’s performance and appearance.
A lift kit essentially lifts either the suspension or the body to give the vehicle a higher profile. Thanks to this elevated height, the wheel wells ride higher and taller tires can be installed. It also enables steeper off-road ascent and descent and high clearance. And last, but not least to many individuals, is that the kit changes the visual appearance of your vehicle.
There are two type of lifts- a body lift and a suspension lift.
1. A body lift kit is the more inexpensive option and consists of a 1, 2 or 3 inch [...]
Wondering what type of check-ups your car should be having to maintain its top running health? For peak performance of your ride, you should be going well beyond an oil change. Take a look at the list below and learn how (and why) you should be showing your car the TLC it deserves.
1. Oil Changes
Regular oil changes are the simplest way to extend the life of your car and save major headaches and expenses related to breakdowns and repairs. Without a regular oil change, buildup will start to occur in the cooler parts of the engine and lead to carbon deposits coming from the old oil. This will likely lead to an expensive engine cleaning or worn-out piston rings.
On the flip side, adherence to routine oil changes
How to choose the best repair shop for a classic car?
Classic cars require specialized service and repairs. With the financial and emotional investment you likely have in your classic car, why trust it to just any body shop? Learn how to choose where to go to get your treasure the upkeep and pampering it deserves.
Why not just do the jobs myself?
Hiring a mechanic to service your classic car provides numerous benefits including:
Knowledge of necessary service. Mechanics experienced with a particular type of classic car will know exactly what service is needed when. These services requirements and timing vary significantly from modern cars.
Documentation of service. If you ever decide to resell your car, having a record of what services you have had performed will help increase the [...]
Driving on worn tires is a hazard to yourself and others on the road. Are you taking all the steps to make sure you aren’t at risk? Here are 5 signs your tires are worn.
The tread is worn. Checking your wear is easy to do using a tread depth gauge or with the tire wear indicators helpfully provided by some manufacturers. You can also use a penny from your pocket. Simply hold Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger and put his head into one of the grooves where the tread appears to be the lowest. If any part of Abe’s head is covered by the tread, you are still driving on safe tires. If not, your tire’s ability to grip the road is compromised and [...]
Driving circumstances and potential damage to your vehicle
While we don’t have to deal with snowy driving conditions in winter, South Florida drivers do have to confront rainy conditions year round. And when that rain becomes torrential and results in flooding, it means dangerous driving circumstances and potential damage to your vehicle.
The best course of action is to avoid driving during heavy rain and flash floods. However, sometimes it is unavoidable. If you find yourself in a heavy rain situation follow these simple rules below.
Avoid driving through standing water on roads or in parking lots. As little as 12 inches of moving water can cause a car to lose traction and be swept off the road while as little as 6 inches can result in an engine stalling. Also be aware that restarting an engine that [...]