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Tag Archives: Car 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

Squeaky brakes and how to address the issue.

We have all been there, our brakes start to squeak and we automatically think we need to have our brakes checked or replaced. That is not always the case. When we have brake issues come into our shop we always ask is it a squeak, squeal or grinding noise you are hearing usually with impressions of the noise to follow. That being said lets dive in to what we should do and how we can drive the situation. First, lets address the squeak. This noise can be caused by a number of factors. A squeak can develop over night. In many cases a squeak can be simply rust build up on a rotor after sitting overnight or after a few days of rain. Your rotor mostly bare metal especially where it contacts the brake pad and a short park in the driveway can cause it to rust from moisture in the air. This is not a safety issue and most likely you can drive on. A squeak can also be caused by the material in the brake pad itself. Brake pads are organic or ceramic and semi-metallic. The binder or compound that h ... 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

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