Yearly Archives: 2020

What Problems Do Worn Suspension Bushings Cause?

What Problems Do Worn Suspension Bushings Cause?

Problems Worn Suspension Bushings Cause Suspension bushings are cushions made of several materials, among them being rubber and polyurethane. They are mounted on steering joints and vehicle suspension to control movement in the joints, absorb road bumps and reduce vibrations and noise. The bushings prevent metal to metal contact hence safeguarding the metal joints. Driving around with worn out bushings can pose a threat to not only the driver but other roads users too. Worn out bushings may also cause serious damages to the vehicle when its components snap. How to tell if your bushings are worn out Rattling and irritating noises when driving on gravelly roads Difficulty in handling the steering wheel Clunking sounds from the vehicle's front wheels Trembling of the vehicle's from the front portion Steering wheel feeling looser unlike before Problems with worn suspension bushesShimmy in the front With w ... read more

Strange Car Smells to Be Aware Of

Strange Car Smells to Be Aware Of

A strange smell coming from your car can be hard to bear, especially when it is coming through your air vents and smells terrible. Although it isn’t uncommon to get a random whiff of a regular car scent one in a while, a persistent smell while driving your car can indicate an issue with a major component.  Here are the most common smells associated with car issues and what they can mean: Moldy - If you notice a moldy or musty stench when the air is turned on, chances are that mold or mildew has actually formed somewhere in the air vents. This should be cleaned right away as breathing in mold particles is extremely bad for you.    Burning smell - A burning smell can come from a few different places, but most commonly can indicate a timing belt or drive belt issue. It can also indicate engine and transmission problems.    Rotten eggs - The smell of rotten eggs can indicate an issue with your emissions system, and more specifically the ... read more

What Are The Signs of Bad Brakes?

What Are The Signs of Bad Brakes?

When it comes to our vehicles, our brakes are one of the most important safety features. Your brakes should always be in top working condition at all times to ensure your safety on the road. If you ever suspect an issue with your brakes, you should have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible. Different issues with brakes can occur that can affect their performance, including leaks, worn brake pads, warped rotors, and more.  Chances are you’ve probably already experienced something strange with your brakes if you’re looking online for signs of faulty brakes. Here are some symptoms that indicate a brake problem:  The brake system warning light has turned on Your car pulls to one side while braking The brake pedal vibrates while braking The steering wheel vibrates while braking You notice a lack of performance Leaking fluid underneath car The brake pedal feels spongy or goes to the floor A squealing or grinding noise while braking If yo ... read more

How Far Can You Drive On An Empty Gas Tank?

How Far Can You Drive On An Empty Gas Tank?

Looking down at your dashboard to see the low gas warning light turn on can be a bit stressful, especially if you're on a dark road with no gas stations in sight. While most drivers understand that this light means to get to the gas station as soon as possible, how long can you actually drive your vehicle with this light on without filling up the tank? The miles that you can continue to drive with an empty rank depend upon the make and model of your vehicle. If you have a newer model car, such as within the last 10 years, your vehicle more than likely has a function that tells you how many miles you have left until your car won't run. Typically, the low gas light will come on when this is between 30-50 miles. However, different vehicles with different engines will have varying mileage on an empty tank.  If you do see your low gas warning light turn on, don't panic. Try to find a gas station within 10 miles. You won't break down on the side of the road right away ... read more

Pre-Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Pre-Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Although we are still pushing through those summer temperatures, it's time to start thinking about the back to school season and the upcoming autumn weather. Preparing your vehicle for the fall season will ensure that you are safe on the road and that your vehicle is well maintained according to the weather changes.  Summertime can take quite a hit on our vehicles, causing them to wear and tear faster with the warmer temperatures and increased amount of driving. After the summer is over, it's time to evaluate your vehicle and get on top of any maintenance your car needs os that you can travel smoothly throughout the fall and into winter.  The following pre-fall vehicle maintenance checklist includes some of the most important items to keep in mind when preparing your car for the next season.  Windshield wiper replacement Brake system check Engine oil change if needed Cabin air filter replacement Tire air pressure and tread check Battery test Top off ... read more