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Problems with your serpentine belt? Here are some common causes

The serpentine belt, also called the drive belt, is a belt on a car engine that works with the idler, tensioner, and pulleys inside the accessory drive belt system. It provides power for the air conditioning, alternator, power steering, and sometimes the cooling system water pump. The serpentine belt is a critical part of this […]

Why Driving With Your Parking Brake On Is a VERY Bad Idea

As we talked about in our last article, you should always set the parking brake when you park. Your parking brake maintains a stronger hold than the prawl, making it a better option for holding your car in place while parked.  The most important part of using the brake is remembering to disengage it before […]

Why is there a bubble in my tire?

A sidewall bubble, like the one shown above, is a bulge protruding from the sidewall of the tire. This happens when air is leaking from the inside of the tire into the carcass or body of the tire. Common Causes The majority of bubbles are caused by impact damage. The tire has a small patch […]

The Dangers of Battery Corrosion & How to Prevent It In the Future

No matter what kind of car or battery you have, your terminals can become corroded over time making them poor conductors of electricity. While corrosion will not make your battery catch on fire, buildup on battery terminals can keep your car from starting. In the second of this two part series, we’ll review some practical […]

Why is my car’s batttery terminal coroded?

No matter what kind of car or battery you have, your terminals can become corroded over time making them poor conductors of electricity. While corrosion will not make your battery catch on fire it can weaken or cut off its connection to the engine, causing rough or failed starts. In the first of this two-part […]

Why aren’t my tires wearing evenly?

The most commonly overlooked safety feature on any vehicle is, undoubtedly, its tires. Tires are your car’s only point of contact with the ground. They control how well you can accelerate, steer and, most importantly, come to a stop. And drivers frequently forget that the performance of their tires are a large contributing factor to […]

What is my CV axle shaft seal and why is it leaking?

The CV axle shaft seal is what keeps fluid from leaking out of the transmission or differential housing as the CV axle rotates when the vehicle is in motion. In some vehicles, the axle shaft seal also helps to keep the axle shaft in proper alignment with the transmission. This small part serves a simple […]

How do I know if my control arm bushings are worn beyond repair? Part Two

As we discussed in Tuesday’s article, control arm bushings are vital parts of your car’s suspension system that help to insulate vibration. Here are a few more signs you should watch for if you’re worried about your control arm bushings: 1) Clicking, popping, or snapping Clicking, popping, or snapping sound when the wheel is a […]

How do I know if my control arm bushings are worn beyond repair? Part One

Control arm bushings are vital parts of your car’s suspension system that help to insulate vibration. By reducing the energy being transmitted from one moving component to another which, in turn, significantly reduces vibration and keeps the driver and passengers comfortable inside the car. Rubber bushings are the most commonly used for cars as their […]