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Monthly Archives: August 2013

What is Leaking from My Car?

Vehicle utilize many different fluids to properly operate. While most people understand that gasoline is necessary to make a car go, it also needs several other liquids to perform vital functions that without, would leave you stranded and you car, truck or SUV in pretty bad shape. If you notice some sort of fluid dripping from your vehicle you can use this guide to vehicle fluids to try and identify it and then call your local auto repair shop to let them know what the problem may be and schedule an appointment to have it fixed! Brake Fluid Brake fluid is a clearish light brown color and will feel slimy to the touch. A leak will most likely collect in a puddle near a tire or under the brake master cylinder. If you believe you have a brake fluid leak do not drive your vehicle as you could completely lose your ability to slow and stop your car. Coolant The fluid used by the cooling system is generally a bright green color, but can also come in pink or yello ... read more

Why Proper Wheel Alignment Is Important

If you believe that proper wheel alignment is not as high a priority for your vehicle as, say, engine repair or transmission service, think again. That's the kind of thinking that can shorten the life of your vehicle, not to mention costing you a lot more in the long run. While failing transmissions or broken belts are certainly more acute problems, wheels that are out of alignment are silently eroding away the road life of your car, sowing seeds for a lot more "acute" problems in the future. The truth is, wheel alignment is as much a part of proper auto repair and maintenance as changing the oil, and the cost of having it done is extremely low compared to the costs that can arise later from not having it done. Benefits of proper wheel alignment For a moment, let's forget about what improper alignment can do to your car, and let's look at what good things come from keeping the wheels aligned: Savings on fuel. When the wheels are out of alignment, it causes undue resistance ... read more

5 Ways To Tell If Your Car Needs Suspension Repair

For many drivers, the suspension on their vehicles (i.e., shocks or struts) is something they take for granted and don't think about often. Even if you begin to notice a rough ride, you might figure you need to save your money for more critical engine repairs. However, if your car needs suspension repair and you ignore it, you won't have as much control of your vehicle, and tires and other moving parts can wear out more quickly. It stands to reason that keeping your car's shocks or struts in good repair can not only extend the life of your car, but also keep you safer on the road. How can you tell whether your vehicle needs suspension repair? Here are five things to watch for. 1. Rough ride To state the obvious, the most common sign of failing shocks or struts is a rougher ride. You'll start feeling every bump under the tires, or you'll feel the car get more "bouncy" on uneven roads. If this happens, it's usually time to have the shocks checked at a trusted ... read more

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