January 2018 - V&F Auto Inc

What Happens When a Rotor Breaks and How to Fix It

While modern disc brakes are very effective and reliable a brake rotor can break from time to time. A broken or fractured rotor creates an immediate threat to your safety on the road and must be replaced as soon as possible. Here are the signs and symptoms to watch for, and what causes them: Signs and […]

Warning Signs of a Worn Shock and Strut

Like all parts of your vehicle, the suspension will wear out over time. Shocks and struts tend to be most susceptible to wear, especially here in New England where the winter potholes can really put your suspension to the test. Here are a few signs any symptoms to watch for, so you can get ahead […]

Metal to Metal: The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

“Metal to metal” is the term used to describe brake pads or shoes that have worn through all of their friction material. This happens when the metal backing of the pad or shoe rubs on the rotor or drum, which is also made of metal. This is not only dangerous but can require expensive repair […]

Common Problems with Control Arm Bushings and How to Prevent Them

Vehicle control arms, bushings, and ball joints are very important suspension and steering components. These parts allow flexibility and controlled movement according to the road conditions and the steering input from the driver. But, when they become worn, it can cause problems for the vehicle that compromise handling and comfort, or result in catastrophic damage […]

Suspension Basics: Control Arms and Bushings

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?

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?

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

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

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

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 […]