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Tag Archives: Auto Body Repair

What the Snap, Rattle and Pop?!

Your vehicles steering and suspension typically deteriorates slowly over time and can be unnoticeable until you hear that rattle or clunk.  The parts that typically fail include ball joints, tie rods, struts, shocks, springs, control arms and stabilizer links or sway bar links. Ball Joints/Tie Rods: Imagine yourself holding a baseball tightly, but over time your grip loosens and the baseball falls out. This is similar to how a ball joint and tie rod work. Its a ball in socket joint and they wear out causing looseness and sometimes catastrophic failure where the joint comes out of the socket. Your tie rod is the steering rod between your rack and pinion and the ball joint is the pivot point between your axle/control arm and wheel assembly. The easiest way to spot issues with these parts is abnormal tire wear. That would be a lot of tread on one side of the tire and a little tread on the other side. So something as simple as walking to your car and looking at the wear on your tires ... read more

Keeping your car CLEAN!!!!

If you are like me you like to have a clean car. Also if you are like me, finding the time to clean it in the driveway might be hard. My solution was a monthly membership to Mike’s Carwash which is a local chain in the midwest. It runs about $50 for unlimited washes each month. I have seen first hand what the salt and grime does to trucks and cars in the midwest. So I wanted to share the tips I use to help keep my truck clean and rust free on the outside and how a couple quick tips can keep your interior in top shape as well. First off you need a couple things. Similar to Clorox wipes, Armor all and Mothers sell their automotive interior wipes in the plastic containers that allow you to grab one at a time. You can find them at many grocery stores as well as Target and others. Next time you are out pick up a pack or 2 to keep in your vehicles. The also sell window wipes in the same type of containers. Most of the packs fit in the glove compartment, center console or even the door ... read more

Hot Weather and the Car Battery

Most folks think that the winter is harder on the battery than the summer. It is actually the opposite. The warm weather is what truly deteriorates the battery and the cold snaps usually finish it off. Your battery has plates or cells inside of it and the cells are surrounded by a mixture of acid and water. When we reach the really hot days of summer that water starts to evaporate. As the water evaporates and the battery becomes less and less full, the plates inside the cells lose contact with the acid and begin to short out. Without getting into all of the science behind batteries the chemical reaction that creates the energy is no longer as potent. You may be surprised to find out that your battery has 70% life left but you auto repair shop might be recommending you to replace it. That is because the battery has to have a lot of power for a short amount of time to start your vehicle. A battery at 70% might be too weak to sustain starting your car repeatedly and could leave you strand ... read more

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