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Tire Basics

January 4th, 2016 by

TIRE BASICS Regular Tire Checks One of the easiest ways to spot early signs of trouble and maintain the safety of your vehicle is to check your tires on a regular basis. It’s tire basics. Tire Problems While uneven tire tread wear can signal problems with the suspension or steering, underinflated tires can lead to

Shock Absorbers

December 28th, 2015 by

SHOCK ABSORBERS Purpose The suspension components known as “shock absorbers” should be more aptly named “dampers” because they dampen the force of bumps and potholes. By virtue of compressing, dampers control the amount of bouncing that occurs as the springs rebound. Signs of wear As they wear, drivers will increasingly notice that their vehicles continue

Harmonic Balancer

June 2nd, 2015 by

PRESERVING HARMONIC BALANCE   When mention is made of a “harmonic balancer” some may think it has to do more with the metaphysical properties of healing crystals than a car engine. The fact is, however, that a harmonic balancer is a circular device composed of rubber and metal that is bolted at the front end

Steering: Get Back On Track

May 13th, 2015 by

 (Steering) Get Back On Track A vehicle should drive where it is pointed. If you experience the following symptoms, certain components should be checked so that the vehicle will track correctly and respond to drive input. Steering symptoms shimmies pulls wanders has excessive play Components to be checked The first check should be for worn wheel

Ignition Coil – Common Repair

May 3rd, 2015 by

Ignition Coil – Common Repair According to one manufacturer of automotive diagnostic tools and software, replacing ignition coils ranks among the ten most common car repairs. It is also a very important problem to take care of since ignoring it can cause serious damage to a vehicle’s entire ignition system. Symptoms: The most recognizable symptom of

Engine Idle (Speculation)

April 22nd, 2015 by

 ENGINE IDLE (Speculation) When an engine will not idle or run correctly, a vacuum leak may be the culprit. Such leaks allow: Unmetered air to enter the engine  Upset the air/fuel ratio leading to a disruption in the operation of the computer system and a wide range of symptoms. An air leak should be suspected