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What Kind of Maintenance Does My Car’s Steering System Need?

What Kind of Maintenance Does My Car’s Steering System Need?

When you take your vehicle into the shop for maintenance, the steering system is probably one of those areas that are the last thing on your mind. That is why you might be puzzled when your mechanic recommends steering maintenance. To be honest, the steering system doesn’t require as much maintenance as some of the other parts of your car.  One of the two parts that only need to be serviced is the hydraulic power steering pump. This component gives you the extra boost or assistance to steer. The pump is powered by the drive belt or serpentine belt. However, this belt has been replaced in newer vehicles with an electric pump. In fact, some steering systems are even completely electric-powered. Hoses get worn, and the integrity of your power steering components may not be as good as it used to be. That is why the first step of power steering system maintenance is a thorough inspection of the entire system. If you have a good old fashion hydraulic steering system, then you k ... read more

What is a Transmission Rebuild?

What is a Transmission Rebuild?

Your vehicle's transmission system is an integral part of its daily operation. Generally, it converts the engine's combustion power into kinetic energy, the momentum driving the wheels. A transmission rebuild involves a significant mechanical overhaul done to a car's transmission. Generally, your mechanical technician will assess, remove and replace the worn-out parts of the transmission rather than replacing the entire system. Transmission Rebuild Process A transmission diagnosis is essential in determining the exact problem and helping decide whether or not to proceed with the rebuild. The process includes the following: Removing the transmission system from the car and then dismantling it Cleaning the system chemically by passing it through a parts washer Replacing any broken and wonky parts, plus all gaskets and seals with new ones Performing electrical repairs if necessary Updating your vehicle's transmission system parts if necessary Rebuilding and reinst ... read more

Are You Using the Parking Brake Enough?

Are You Using the Parking Brake Enough?

The parking brake goes by many names: emergency brake, e brake, handbrake. Even though it is a secondary brake system, it stands to be one of the most critical safety features on your automobile. Most people tend to believe that these brakes only serve to be used in case of service brake failure. While that is true, you should also always engage the brakes whenever you park your car, SUV, or truck.  Parking brakes nowadays come in different forms (shapes and sizes). Here are some of the most common forms: Lever - usually positioned between the two front seats of the car Stick Lever - on the instrument panel Pedal - furthest to the left side  Push Button - commonly used in newer-model vehicles It doesn’t matter whether you're parking on a steep hill or flat-level ground – you should always be using the parking brake to park. This is a very common mistake people make. Using the parking brake releases tension and strain put on the transmission system. At Red ... read more

5 Important Car Dashboard Warning Lights

5 Important Car Dashboard Warning Lights

Most cars have some kind of warning light on the dashboard that comes on when something is wrong. These lights are there to warn the driver of a potential problem so that they can take action to avoid it. However, many people don't know what these lights mean, and as a result, they often ignore them. This can be a dangerous mistake, as some of these lights indicate a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Here is a quick guide to some of the most common dashboard warning lights: Oil Pressure Light This light comes on when the oil pressure in the engine is low. This can be caused by a variety of things, such as a low oil level, a problem with the oil pump, or a blockage in the oil filter. If this light comes on, you should check the oil level and add oil if necessary. If the problem persists, you should take the car to a mechanic to have it checked out. Battery Light This light indicates that there is a problem with the car's battery. It could be that the b ... read more

Can I Drive With Engine Misfires?

Can I Drive With Engine Misfires?

Most vehicle owners have heard of the term, “engine misfire”, but don’t exactly understand what it means. Read on to understand how your motor can misfire, what causes it, and what to do when it does misfire.   Your engine uses combustion to create power, meaning it relies on fire, fuel, and air. When your engine misfires, it can mean that any of these three elements are lacking or incorrectly timed. The ignition process is very precise. If there are any deficiencies, like too much fuel or too little air, your car will experience performance and efficiency problems. One of these issues can of course be engine misfires.   When an engine misfires, it is quite audible. You might hear a popping or explosive sound and smell fuel or gasoline. More evidently, you will notice a drop in engine power. Here are some of the things that can go wrong to cause engine misfires: Bad Spark Plugs: Spark plugs are the components responsible for providing the spark or fire ... read more

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