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How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

Shock absorbers are those tiny little springs that work in conjunction with your brakes to ensure that you can come to a full, complete stop without the fuss. They absorb the shock that your vehicle gets during a normal drive. This protects you and your passengers from the side effects of a bumpy ride and makes any road trip a smooth one. This keeps your suspension in check when hitting speed bumps and other quirks while driving. Shock absorbers rely on kinetic energy to help your vehicle run smoothly. In fact, when you step on the brake, this energy suddenly converts to heat through a hydraulic system. This is the reason you are able to come to a full, smooth stop that has no sudden impact on you or your passengers. However, just like any other car part, shock absorbers are subject to wear and tear over time. Although there are no actual time limits on how long your shock absorbers will last, it is recommended that you have them replaced every 50,000 miles. One of the first si ... read more

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

Your transmission is the heart of your vehicle, and much like this vital organ, it needs good, quality care and upkeep. It is the primary lubricant that keeps your motor running smoothly and efficiently. Driving with transmission fluid that's dirty or polluted can cause wear and tear on all other parts of your transmission and will lead to a much shorter lifespan for your car if something isn't done right away. The question of when you should change your transmission fluid relies heavily on your driving habits. If you do a lot of driving, as in with deliveries, then getting your transmission fluid checked for residue is something that should be done right away. Those who have automatic transmissions should consider having their fluid changed within the 50,000 to 100,000 mileage range, while those who drive a manual transmission need to think about getting a flush done anywhere within the 50,000 to 90,000 mileage range. Since most newer models don't have a way to check you ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Power Steering Pump?

There are specific parts of the car that are extremely essential for it to function properly. While some may stand out a little more than other parts, they all play a vital role in ensuring that everything runs smoothly and you're able to navigate your vehicle efficiently and effectively. Your power steering pump is one of those essential parts that you need to have working precisely for your vehicle to run properly. You need to be aware of symptoms of having a bad or even failing power steering pump. A vehicles power steering pump is needed to apply the correct amount of pressure to your wheels so that you'll have a smooth turn. There are some essential signs that you can be on the lookout for to know if your power steering pump is failing. They are: Whining Noise When You're Turning the Wheel Whenever you hear a whining noise when you're making a turn or turning the wheel of your vehicle, that's saying something is wrong with your power steering system. You may ... read more

Can A Blown Engine Be Fixed?

As a car owner or driver, the last thing you want to deal with is a blown engine. Typically, a blown engine may indicate the end of the road if your rig is an old clunker. If it is in a relatively decent shape, you might want to consider repairing or replacing it. Several different issues in the motor can cause a blown engine. For instance, you could be dealing with a blown engine bottom or a blown head gasket. These are some of the common issues we have noticed with car owners who bring their cars to our auto service station. Other causes of engine failure include: Lack of maintenance High engine temperature Overexertion of the engine Mismatching engine capabilities with aftermarket upgrades Is Fixing a Blown Engine Worth It? Before repairing your blown engine, it is critical to evaluate the car's condition and understand whether it is worth the cost and time. Typically, repairing or replacing the engine costs between $3,000 and $5,000. If you can make the engine work, splur ... read more

What can wear down tires prematurely?

Every part of your car is vital in sustaining efficiency. Tires, for instance, are an essential investment for your vehicle. It is recommended to check the tires periodically to ascertain their condition. While it is natural for tires to wear down, you need to know what causes them to wear down quickly. Without a proper tire grip on the road, you can easily lose control of your car, causing accidents. Some drivers don't know what causes tires to wear down quickly. Here are some causes of premature tire wear down. Improper inflation Low pressure is a leading cause of premature tire wear and failure on the road. With frequent driving, tires lose pressure. Check your tires at least weekly to make sure they are inflated correctly. Over-inflation is equally dangerous where tires wear down in the middle treads. This also reduces the mileage expected from your vehicle wheels. Mismatched tires Mismatched tires can critically increase premature wear ... read more