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

Timing Belt Replacement

TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT Unlike a timing chain, which is made of metal, a timing belt is made of rubber. While a timing chain only needs to be replaced when there is evidence of wear or other problems, a timing belt must be replaced a regular intervals. Recommended timing belt replacement intervals at approximately 60,000 miles are

Electrical Fault Light

Electrical Fault Light While a CHECK ENGINE light or a SERVICE ENGINE light does not necessarily signal the need for immediate action, the electrical fault light is another matter. This warning light usually appears as a battery icon with positive (+) and negative (-) notations at each terminal. This light usually becomes illuminated as the

Steering Rack

        Steering Rack What it does The “steering rack” is a device that converts the rotary motion of the steering wheel into linear motion by running a gear wheel (“pinion”) over a flat-toothed bar (“rack”). The result is what is known as “rack-and-pinion” steering. Like any mechanical component, the steering rack can wear out, which results

Water Pump

 Water Pump Be aware You may need to have your vehicle’s water pump replaced if you notice a coolant leak that seems to be coming from behind the timing belt cover on the engine, or you notice that your temperature gauge is beginning to fluctuate. What it does This impeller pump, which is usually located

Cooling System Problems

COOLING SYSTEM PROBLEMS It is estimated that half of all engine failures are associated with cooling system problems, which is reason enough to have an auto technician analyze the coolant regularly. This coolant analysis should include: radiator pressure-cap test thermostat check pressure test to identify external leaks belt and hose inspection check of system pH


STRUTS If your vehicle seems to wallow over bumps in the road like a ship bobs over waves, it may be time to inspect your struts and shock absorbers. The part of the suspension system known as the strut assembly is basically a shock absorber encased in a spring for added support. A shock absorber

Turbocharged Maintenance

TURBOCHARGED MAINTENANCE Energy Requirements As automobile manufacturers look to meet government energy requirements without compromising engine performance, they are increasingly embracing turbocharging. According to the estimate of a leading turbo supplier, 39 percent of all the vehicles sold in North America will have turbocharged engines by 2020, which is up from 23 percent in 2015.

Ignition Coil

IGNITION COIL As part of the ignition system, it is the job of the “ignition coil” to transform the battery’s low voltage into the thousands of volts required for the spark plugs to ignite the fuel. Failure This component can fail due to voltage overload caused by bad spark plugs/plug wires or shorts caused by