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Is Your Suspension System Failing? This Could Be Why

Control arms, bushings, and ball joints are very important components of the suspension and steering system. These parts allow flexibility and controlled movement over rough road conditions and adjust according to the steering input from the driver. If these parts become worn, they can compromise both handling and comfort, or result in catastrophic damage to […]

How do I know if my air filter is clogged?

Your air filter plays a big part in how your entire engine functions. The filter clean bugs bits, dirt, allergens, and other debris from the incoming air before it gets into the car. But, as the air filter gets dirtier over time, waste builds up on the filter itself and, eventually, the system loses the […]

Some Common Signs of Irregular Tire Wear

Irregular wear on tires can be indicative of a serious problem. There are several types of irregular wear. The most typical ones are heel and toe wear, one side wear, center wear, braking flat spots. Heel and Toe Wear Also called “saw-tooth” wear, this pattern is caused by normal usage with normal suspension settings. Cross-grooves […]

Why is my valve cover gasket leaking?

The valve cover is a metal cover that is found on very top of the engine, attached to the engine by a gasket made of rubber or cork. The valve cover and gasket seal the top of the engine and prevent oil leaks. These covers are removable so the mechanic can access the valves for […]

The Dangers of a Dirty Air Filter

Your air filters play a big part in how your entire engine functions. Here’s why you should keep them clean: 1. Waste will corrode your engine. The air filter’s main use is to clean bugs bits, dirt, allergens, and other debris from the air before it gets into the car. But, as the air filter […]

Why is my oil pan leaking?

The oil pan is a metal container that holds the engine’s oil, located under the car and are attached to the bottom of the engine. The engine has a lot of moving parts that need to be kept lubricated with engine oil so, if the pan or the gaskets start leaking, you need to act […]

Why does a leaf spring break?

Like many auto parts, a leaf spring is an item that you never know you need until it breaks or wears down. The leaf spring is a part of the suspension system that helps to provide support and a smoother ride, by absorbing the impact of bumps and potholes in the road. Leaf springs are […]

How do I know if I need a new fuel filter?

The fuel filter is a part that creates a lot of enthusiasm from car lovers but it’s an essential component of every vehicle. The filter protects your fuel pump and injectors from dirt, paint chips, and other debris that finds its way into your fuel tank, and helps ensure that your car is achieving the […]

Pre-season Motorcycle Maintenance Tips | Part Three

Now that we’ve reviewed the pre-season maintenance, let’s talk about the first ride. The springtime debut of your bike is an exciting experience, but there are a few things to keep in mind: Plan Your Route Before you hit the road, it’s important to plan your route. Figure out where you want to go and […]