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HOW CAN I TELL IF I NEED COOLING SYSTEM REPAIR?

The cooling system has one tough job. It is designed to regulate the operating temperature of the engine to ensure that it does not get too hot, because if it does the motor could suffer some major damage. The cooling system consists of a radiator, cooling fan, water pump, thermostat and a series of hoses in which coolant, or antifreeze, passes through. If any of these parts begin to have some trouble it could lead to overheating troubles, or worse. Pay attention for these signs it is time for cooling system or radiator repair. Rising Temperature Gauge The temperature gauge on your dashboard monitors the operating temp of the engine. Be sure to watch this gauge; if it starts creeping into the hot zone pull over right away. This means your car is about to overheat. Give it a break and let the engine cool down. You may need to add water to the radiator to prevent the issue from happening again. Talk to a mechanic about your options. White Steam Com ... read more

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DOES THIS MEAN I NEED BRAKE REPAIR? YES!

DOES THIS MEAN I NEED BRAKE REPAIR? YES!

Seatbelts and airbags are great safety features of modern cars and trucks, but they have one thing in common. This is that they are designed to prevent injury in the event of an accident. It is the brakes, on the other hand, that can prevent that accident from ever occurring. However, this is only the case if the brake system is in healthy condition. To ensure you car remains safe to operate it is important that you pay attention for any of the following 5 signs that your car needs brake repair. Grinding or Squealing Noise One of the most common signs of brake trouble is a grinding, squealing or howling sound that occurs during braking. This noise will be heard when the brake pads have lost nearly all, or all, of the material that makes up the bad. The resulting noise is that of metal coming into contact with metal. This greatly reduces your car’s braking power, so be sure to have it addressed as soon as possible. Pulling While Braking ... read more

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2 WHEEL & 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT QUESTIONS

2 WHEEL & 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT QUESTIONS

How can I tell if I need an alignment? The most common way to know that you need an alignment is if your car or truck is pulling to the side of the road – either side. If you notice it’s difficult to keep the car driving straight down the road without pulling on your steering wheel it’s likely you need your car aligned. What if I put off an alignment? A properly aligned car is safer and costs less to maintain.  When you’re alignment is off, you would notice that it wears out your tires faster. That can be expensive.  Also from a safety standpoint, the more tread and proper alignment you have in a sudden stop, the better. Is there a difference between a 4 wheel and 2 wheel alignment? Yes. The vehicles that have four-wheel independent suspensions or an adjustable rear suspension require aligning to the front wheels. The front end 2 wheel alignment only aligns the front end. If your car has a solid rear axle you can usually choose th ... read more

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