Tire Degradation

TIRE DEGRADATION While vehicle owners can rely on tread wear gauges and their tires’ wear bars to assess the need to replace worn tires, they must rely on visual inspection to spot surface cracks that also reflect tire degradation. The fact is that tires are constantly exposed to acid rain harsh chemicals vehicle exhaust ozone

Noise Under The Hood

Noise Under The Hood When drivers hear unusual or excessive noise coming from under the hoods of their vehicles, it may be indicative of an engine problem. If a clicking or tapping noise is heard that gets louder as the engine is revved, it may be an upper valve train (“tappet”) noise caused by low

Non-Starter

A Non – Starter If a vehicle fails to start when turning the ignition key, the problem could be the starter. Other culprits Other potential culprits can be eliminated by turning on the headlights and trying to start the automobile. If the headlights dim while doing so, a bad battery or corroded battery terminals may be suspected.

Jump Start

JUMP START If your car battery is dead and someone is willing to give you a jump start, attach the red positive cable clamp to the positive (+) battery terminal of the dead battery. Then, secure the red positive cable clamp on the other side of the jumper cables to the functioning vehicles’ positive (+)

Texting While Driving

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING Texting and talking on cell phones distracts drivers from anticipating potential problems ahead. It is important to take a look down the road in order to chart safe paths around potentially troublesome events. Once such a problem is spotted, it is often just a matter of taking corrective measures to avoid crashes

Uneven Braking

UNEVEN BRAKING Back when most automobiles were outfitted with drum brakes, uneven braking (often referred to as “brake pull”) was quite common. But even though self-adjusting disc brakes have become more the rule than the exception, uneven braking can still be a problem. Although self-adjusting disc brakes are supposed to automatically compensate for pad wear,

Wheel Alignment

WHEEL ALIGNMENT Steps in a wheel alignment A wheel alignment may begin by adjusting the “toe,” which is the tilt of the wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from above. Tires that “toe-in” point toward one another while tires that “toe-out” point away from each other. Proper toe adjustment minimizes wear. Then,

Piston Ring Maintenance

PISTON RING MAINTENANCE Piston rings maintain combustion pressure in the cylinder and prevent oil from seeping into the combustion chamber. Ring failure results in white exhaust smoke excessive oil consumption compromised performance To verify the need for piston ring maintenance, the technician uses a compression tester to check for low compression readings. The technician may

Automatic Braking Systems

AUTOMATIC BRAKING SYSTEMS Automatic Braking Systems – We are entering a new era in vehicle safety. Car manufacturers are focusing, on preventing crashes, not just protecting occupants from car crashes that have already occurred. While the federal government has yet to mandate that automatic braking systems be installed in all new vehicles, several auto manufacturers

Car Window Fails

CAR WINDOW FAILS When a car window fails to open or close, it can be more than an annoyance. A non-functioning power window compromises personal security. It may also allow precipitation to get inside the passenger compartment. When all the windows are in shut-down mode, a faulty fuse may be the culprit. Otherwise, if the problem