Category: Auto Repair

Tire Degradation

October 23rd, 2016 by

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

October 16th, 2016 by

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

October 9th, 2016 by

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.

Uneven Braking

September 18th, 2016 by

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,

Piston Ring Maintenance

September 4th, 2016 by

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

Car Window Fails

August 21st, 2016 by

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

August 14th, 2016 by

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

August 7th, 2016 by

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

July 31st, 2016 by

        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

July 24th, 2016 by

 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