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Monthly Archives: March 2012

What is the difference between Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balancing?

What is the difference between Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balancing?

Wheel Alignment is the process of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are making contact with the ground evenly as well as parallel to each other. Why align the wheels? The purpose of these adjustments is to maximize tire life and to keep the vehicle tracking straight when driving. Wheel Balancing insures that the tires and wheels spin correctly and without vibration. Balancing is accomplished by checking for any heavy spots on the wheel and or tire and making allowances for it by placing weights in specific spots on the wheel. The sign of alignment problems are: Uneven or accelerated tire wear Pulling or drifting from a straight line Wandering on a straight level road Steering wheel off center while driving on a straight, level road. The signs of a balance issue are: Steering wheel vibration at certain speeds. General vibration at certain speeds. Scalloped or cupped wear on the tire surface Wheel Al ... read more

Spring Cooling Maintenance - Radiator Flush

Spring Cooling Maintenance - Radiator Flush

ost people know that the coolant in your radiator keeps your engine from freezing in the winter but it also helps keep things cool in the summer. All too often people are driving with the incorrect mixture or old coolant in their vehicles because they have not been educated on the service needs of their vehicle. Radiator coolant actually raises the boiling point of the water, allowing it to carry more heat away from the engine, and that means a cooler running engine. If you're running low on coolant, things can get steamy fast. It only takes a second to check your coolant level. Most cars have an opaque coolant overflow tank right next to the radiator. It's white plastic, but you can see inside to see if there's enough fluid to keep things safe. You'll also see markings on the side telling you the low and high levels. Always check your coolant level when the car is cold. What about a Radiator Flush and when do I do a radiator flush? A Cooling System Flush Service is important becaus ... read more

How Do I Know When I Need New Brakes?

How Do I Know When I Need New Brakes?

They may not be something you think about very often, but your vehicle’s brakes are one feature that should always be in top working condition. There are two ways to check for brake wear on disc brakes: by looking and by listening. First, check for wear by looking at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel’s spokes. The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. Generally, there should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If you see less than 1/4 inch of pad, you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced. Have you ever heard a high-pitched screeching sound when you applied your brakes? That’s a small metal shim, called a wear indicator, which is giving you an audible warning that you need to replace your brake pads You should be aware of this sound (which is loud enough to be heard while the windows are up, but not necessarily loud enough to be heard over the radio or air conditioner). If you hear it regularly ... read more

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