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Yearly Archives: 2021

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

A timing belt rotates the engine's camshaft and crankshaft in sync to ensure all cylinders fire when necessary. It is a vital component of your engine because it is what enables the engine to function. When it breaks or fails to work, your car will stall, and other parts of the engine can get damaged. To help save the situation, you need to know the signs of a failing timing belt. Some of these signs include: 1. Ticking noise from the engine The timing belt is normally attached to some pulleys leading to the engine's crankshaft, which powers the connecting rods. The camshaft's function is to manage the cylinders. If these components don't work in tandem, your engine will produce a ticking noise. The noise may also mean your engine is not well lubricated. The best person to detect where the problem lies is your qualified technician. So when you hear that ticking noise from your car's engine, take it to a qualified mechanic. 2. The engine fails to turn on If your ... read more

How Do I Know If I Have Air In My Brake Lines?

How Do I Know If I Have Air In My Brake Lines?

The brake system in vehicles is a composition of different components that function collaboratively. Each part ensures that the vehicle slows down when needed and also comes to a standing point when required. Common brake failures have caused catastrophic accidents that have led to the loss of lives and extreme car damages. It is essential to ensure that all brake components are functional and any trouble is fixed immediately to guarantee safety when driving. One of the essential parts of an automobile brake system is the brake lines. Brake lines house and ensures smooth circulation of the brake fluid. Most cars have a hydraulic braking system and rely on the pressure from the brake fluid to operate the pads. Although brake systems in modern vehicles are airtight, there are times when air enters the brake lines. It happens from the constant need for brake pads to move further as they wear down. The calipers respond by expanding to maintain uniform distance. As the hydraulic system ex ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Axle CV Shaft Assembly?

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Axle CV Shaft Assembly?

There are many parts to your vehicle, some of which you may have never heard about before. But that doesn't make them less important. The CV axles are like a drivetrain that is found on most vehicles today. They transfer power from the transmission to the different wheels and drive them forward. They have a greased joint that allows your vehicle to move without as much effort. Since the axles have a direct impact on the motion of your vehicle, they have a high level of stress over time, which can subject them to failure at some point. Here are some signs that yours might be on the way out. Clicking Noises When Turning If you hear your vehicle making a clicking noise when you turn, or perhaps when you accelerate, the CV axle could be worn. That joint will click when it is loose and when it is loose, it could be close to the point of no return. The clicks will get louder when you drive faster or turn harder. Grease On The Tire's Edge If ... read more

Does Your Car Run Better After an Oil Change?

Does Your Car Run Better After an Oil Change?

You have already surpassed the 7000 miles in your driving, but you continue to ignore recommended oil changes for your vehicle. After all, the car is still running effectively without signs indicating the need for an oil change. Do you continue driving in the same oil? Well, oil changes are services that we mostly ignore in vehicle maintenance. However, it is important to understand that even though you may fail to notice, recommended oil changes make the vehicle function effectively and run properly. Oil changing is a vehicle service that should be completed without fail. Importance of Oil Changes As important as blood is in your body, so is oil in the car. Heating is among the common trouble to car parts mostly heat from the engine. The oil prevents the overheating in the engine and ensures that the heat is spread away from the combustion chamber. The oil further prevents carbon and vanish from settling in the engine and thus protects the engine and ensure it remains functional th ... read more

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