Category: Auto Repair

Suspension Basics: Control Arms and Bushings

January 21st, 2018 by

Control arms and bushings are critical components of your suspension system. Working together, they allow your tires to move up and down in a smooth, controlled motion. Without them, most rides would be extremely rough and uncomfortable. Control Arms Control arms connect the wheel hubs and steering knuckles to the frame of the vehicle. They

Is it safe to drive with an engine leak?

January 17th, 2018 by

Most of us have seen a suspicious puddle under our car at one time or another. It can be tempting to panic at the first sign of a leak, wondering if it’s safe to continue driving. While it’s important to have all leaks inspected and serviced as soon as possible, here are a few guidelines

What causes rust in a cooling system?

January 17th, 2018 by

Discolored rusty coolant is typically indicative of rust in the cooling system. But what causes it? How can you prevent it? Here are a few things to take note of: Lack of Proper Coolant Using the proper coolant and antifreeze in your car is key. Don’t pour water into the radiator, as water will oxidize

Classic Signs of a Damaged Exhaust System

January 17th, 2018 by

While exhaust systems are built to withstand the high stress and heat conditions of your engine’s exhaust, they are still prone to corrosion and rust over time due to the high-stress conditions they are constantly under. Usually, a problem with the exhaust system will be quite obvious. Here are some classic signs of a damaged

Fixing a Leaking Power Steering Rack

January 10th, 2018 by

Rack and pinion steering systems are often used in sports cars and other vehicles that are low riding or have limited space in the front of the vehicle. They’re relatively compact and don’t require complex linkages like the steering gear systems found in most trucks. How It Works The pinion is simply a small gear

Common Causes of Oil Leaks and How to Fix Them

January 10th, 2018 by

Oil leaks can be frustrating for car owners because there are many potential culprits. While the exact cause can be difficult to diagnose on a vehicle, most leaks can be prevented through simple, regular maintenance. Here are some of the common causes and what you can do to avoid them: The Oil Filter Oil filters

Common Causes of a Check Engine Light

January 3rd, 2018 by

It’s every car owner’s worst nightmare. You’re driving down the road, everything seems to be fine. And, out of the blue, your check engine light comes on. Your check engine light can be triggered by any number of things- a loose gas cap, a broken fuel injector, a sudden leak, a broken manifold. Even if

Is it safe to drive with a frozen caliper?

January 3rd, 2018 by

What is the caliper? The caliper is the part of the brake system that houses the pads and pistons. When you press the brake, the caliper squeezes the brake pads against the rotors bringing the car to a stop. If the caliper gets stuck or frozen, the brake pad can’t completely disengage from the surface

Common Serpentine Belt Problems & How to Fix Them

December 28th, 2017 by

Serpentine belts usually result from a misalignment or a defective tensioner. It might be hard to diagnose a problem just by listening but examining the belt itself can help you diagnose the problem- both before it’s removed and afterward. Excessive Cracking Excessive cracking is usually caused by old age. Serpentine belts stretch with age and