Common Signs That Indicate Poor Brake Performance

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

There is no specific time on when you should have your brakes serviced or replaced as it all depends on your type of daily commute. Those who drive more in the city are more likely to deal with brake issues on a routine basis as they are utilizing their braking system far more than someone driving on the freeway. So, if you don’t know when you should have your brakes serviced, then you will want to be sure that you look for indicators, like the following: Rattling or Shaking When Braking: If your rotors are warped, it is likely that your steering wheel will rattle when you brake and your car can even begin shaking. If this is the case, you will want to have them resurfaced or replaced as soon as possible to help keep your brake issues to a minimum. Knowing this sign will allow you to use your best judgment so you can obtain repairs sooner, rather than later, and have your rotors corrected. Grinding Noises: In most cases, you will likely experience some noises coming from your brake system. These noises can be a sign that your brake pads are in very poor condition. This can be an easy sign to look for as when your brakes get very low, there is an indicator stick that becomes exposed and this stick will come in contact with the metal rotors, causing a grinding noise. So, if you hear any noises coming from your brake system, be sure to have a mechanic check the levels of your pads so you can have them replaced if needed. Poor or Delayed Responsiveness: Another easy sign that can inform you of your brakes’ condition is whether or not your brake pedal is responsive. If your brake pedal feels spongy or if your brakes hesitate to respond to your braking command, then this could be a sign that your brake fluid is old and dirty, and it may contain air bubbles. If you notice this, be sure to have a mechanic flush out your old fluid so that he or she can install and bleed new brake fluid. This will help improve the responsiveness of your pedal, making it easier and safer to brake. Knowing these three indicators can be a very helpful way to determine whether or not your brake system is in need of repairs. So, if you aren’t too sure on when to take your car to a brake repair shop, be sure to take advantage of these tips as they can help you know when to obtain brake repairs so you can avoid costly and major brake...

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Considering A Car With A Clean Diesel Engine? 4 Reasons Why You Should

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

Today, you can find 49 car models that have diesel engines, and that number is expected to rise to 61 cars. If you are considering a car with a clean diesel engine and are having a hard time deciding, the four factors below should help. This will allow you to make the best informed decision on if this type of car is best for you. Fuel Economy One of the main benefits of a diesel engine is that it provides you with better fuel economy when compared to gasoline. This is even more beneficial when you consider how much gas prices are today. In some cases, diesel engines can improve the gas mileage on your car by up to 35%, which is a very big savings. Gives You Greater Torque Diesel engines have a greater torque when compared to gasoline engines.  Drivers may be concerned with how much horsepower a car has, but torque allows the car to pull heavier loads, and to accelerate much faster. It also has more power when running low to a mid RPM. This means diesels engines can accelerate from a stop, which makes them feel much more powerful than they actually are. If you like to be in first place when the red traffic light turns green, then a diesel engine is right for you. Holds Their Value A diesel car may cost more money when you purchase it, but they can hold their value better than gasoline cars. This means if you plan to sell your car within a few years, you will get more money out of it than you could get out of a gasoline car. This is whether you sell it to an individual, or trade your car in at a dealership. Offers Tax Incentives If you purchase a clean diesel car, you can get tax credits from the government. This credit could be up to $3,000 depending on the make, model, and year of the car, as well as how many of those cars have been sold. Purchasing the newest car will give you the most tax credit. The government monitors how many clean diesel cars are sold. When that number is up to 60,000 the amount of tax credit decreases. Visit a dealership and drive a diesel car to see how it feels. If you have questions about how they work, talk to a diesel mechanic, like Bethel Automotive, who can give you more information about diesel...

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How To Install A Front Air Deflector Shield On Your Pickup Truck

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

A lot of rock salt, sand, stone, and other debris can get kicked up on a road and onto the windshield of your pickup truck during a wintry day. One of the best ways to minimize the amount of debris hitting your windshield is to install a front air deflector. A front air deflector fits over the font of the hood of your truck to help deflect debris from the road to fly up and over your windshield. Front end deflectors from retailers like Pacesetter Truck Caps & Accessories Inc are not difficult to install and most truck owners can do it by themselves in an hour or two. Here is how you can install a front air deflector on your pickup truck. You Will Need: Front Air Deflector Kit Spray Cleaner Alcohol Pads Rags Pencil Front Air Deflector Kit Make sure you buy a front air deflector kit that was specifically designed for the make and model of your pickup truck. The kit will come with the deflector shield and all the harness and mounting hardware you will need to install the deflector onto the front hood of your truck. Open the kit and place all the parts on a table or work bench. Check to make sure you have all the parts that are listed on the material sheet in the box. Clean Front Hood Area Thoroughly clean the front hood area before you start to work on the installation of the deflector. Use a gentle cleaner to remove all the dirt and grime from the hood, and then wipe the area down with alcohol pads. This will help the adhesive parts of the kit to cling better to the hood. Attach Deflector Shield to Hood Connect the washers, machine screws, and clips to the pre-drilled holes on the ends of the deflector shield. Open the hood of your truck. Place the shield against the front molding on the underside of the hood. Take a pencil and mark where the clips line up on the hood. Take the adhesive protective tape used to protect the hood of the truck from being scratched by the clips, and slide one side underneath the molding where you have placed the pencil marks. Wrap the other end of the protective tape over the top of the hood. Peel back the tape on the adhesive portion of the underside of the shield until a piece of tape hangs down a little bit. Make sure you do this on both sides of the deflector. Clip the deflector onto the hood at the pre-marked spots where you placed the protective tape for the clips. Grab the little piece of tape hanging from ends of the shield and peel the tape off of the adhesive portion on the underside of the shield. Press down on the top of the shield to firmly adhere it to the...

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Avoiding Body Work on Your Truck? It Could Be Making Things Worse

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

After being involved in an accident, many vehicles can be seen with a few dents or crushed corners–and they’re still driving. Not all damage is severe enough to put a truck out of commission, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem at all. Wasted gas money and gradual damage in other areas can make ignoring auto body work as expensive as getting it done sooner. Take a look at what could go wrong before driving around with honor marks from collisions past. Resistance and the Gas Mileage Problem Automobiles are designed to reduce air resistance (aerodynamic drag) as much as possible while remaining functional. The shape of your truck exists to route air around the body of the vehicle while stabilizing its movement in other places. Although style plays a part in design, there’s meticulous research that goes into the final result. When you’re involved in a collision and the auto body is damaged, the dents can change the purpose of the body design and the shape of the vehicle. The aerodynamic profile (the shape designed to route air as efficiently as possible) changes, which can do many strange things to the way you drive. One of the major issues with having dents and other forms of damage is how that damage can catch additional air. If you’ve ever put your hand outside of the window while driving, you’ll notice the pushback effect that air has at high speeds. When the auto body is dented, you could have this pushback effect in multiple areas.  If the vehicle is being pushed back more than it was designed to deal with, the engine needs to work harder to maintain the same speed. This means that more fuel is consumed, and the engine may undergo wear and tear at a faster rate. The increased work depends on the specific type of damage, but if you shop for the lowest gas prices and search for even a cent difference, the fuel wasted from resistance should be just as concerning. Rattling and Shaking From Loose Components The dents and crushed parts of the auto body are more than just gas guzzling problems. With more resistance comes more force against certain components, and if panels and plates that make up the auto body are already loose because of the collision, driving can make matters worse. Certain parts can rattle or shake loose, and the beginning of the problem isn’t always obvious. A very small vibration that could be tapped back in place could become a peeling, parting panel problem as higher speeds shake the damage even more. The vibration can be an annoyance, but think about what could happen if the part comes off while you’re driving. Components on the front of the car may hit the windshield–especially if the hood is loose as part of the damage. Other components could fall off and...

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Five Good Reasons To Choose Radial Tires

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

There are two basic kinds of automobile tires–radial and bias ply tires. If you’ve been shopping for new tires for your car before the worst of the winter weather season begins, you may be confused about the differences between the two types of tires. While both have their benefits, there are a number of good reasons to opt for radial tires, especially if you like in a snowy location. What are radial tires? Radial tires, first created by Michelin Tire Company in 1946, are constructed with the plies (the structural elements that hold the tire together) running perpendicular to the direction of travel. Bias ply tires (as the name implies) are constructed so that the plies run diagonally (on the bias.) Benefits of radial tires 1. Better traction. The cross-cut plies of radials tires allow them to hug the road better, giving you greater traction and maneuverability, a big plus during the winter. The design of a radial tire allows the tread to stay in closer contact with the road than a bias ply tire does. 2. Durability. While the life of your tires depends on a myriad of factors, such as how much you drive, the type of driving you do, your driving style, and how often you put air in your tires, radial tires generally last longer than bias ply tires exposed to the same conditions. 3. Lower fuel consumption. Radial tires also help on gas mileage. By hugging the road better than bias ply tires, they have less drag and, thus, cause your vehicle to use less fuel. 4. Resistance to punctures. The multiple plies in a radial tire make it resistant to punctures by nails, glass and other road debris. The object embedded in the tire has to go through more layers than it would in a bias ply tire before the air would be allowed to escape. 5. Less prone to blow-outs. Radial tires generate less heat than do bias ply tires, because of the steel cables within the radial plies act to dissipate the heat generates by contact with the road. Heat can make a tire unstable and more prone to a blow-out, especially during a sustained highway drive. While radial tires may not be the right choice for every car owner, this type of tire is durable, offers better traction than a bias ply tire, is resistant to punctures and can even help your car get better gas mileage. For more information, talk to a professional about dunlop elite 3 gl1800 tire...

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