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 […]

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 […]

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 a Check Engine Light

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?

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 […]