Suspension care for your Vehicle

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Every vehicle has a suspension system for it. The suspension is the part that holds the vehicle up, absorbs bumps, and allows it to steer. For the most part these systems wear out slowly, and with proper maintenance and periodic inspection they can be expected to experience only small, incremental problems. Sometimes the suspension will fail suddenly and dramatically and the vehicle will in effect fall down. This can be a couple of inches, until metal touches metal, and sometimes all the way only one or more wheels. This sort of sudden failure results when a spring or other weight-bearing part breaks, and is referred to as a collapse. read more

Knowing if your Vehicle needs a Front-End Alignment

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The front-end alignment may be needed because ball joints, idler arms, and tie rods will all wear with use. This wear can eventually lead to one or both of the front axles being out of alignment when your vehicle travels down the road.

When the vehicle is driven in normal conditions, the tires should wear evenly across the entire tread. Tires that are too low on air pressure will wear out on the edges. This typically happens on both outer edges at the same time. Tires that have too much air pressure will be worn in the center of the tread. If the tire is out of alignment, it will wear out more on one side than the other. read more

How the Weather Can Affect Tire Pressure

Living in Minnesota, you will know how the climate and weather can affect your vehicle during the winter months. Even if it is cold weather with no snow, below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the engine gets cold and can even freeze up after a night or two of freezing weather. Then to get the vehicle started in extreme cold, it has to be left running for five minutes to warm the engine, or the block could crack. Colder temperatures will also affect the whole car, including the tires. Temperatures that are mild, with only small fluctuations, do not typically cause concern about the tire pressure on a vehicle. When the temperature outside drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit for a few days in a row, then you will notice a drop in the tire pressure, but there is no reason for concern. As along as you are aware that this occurs, you can accommodate by adding three or four pounds, psi, of air. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This can help provide you with a safe and reliable vehicle when you need to drive it. read more

Mechanic Translation for the Vehicle 

It is important to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible. If you notice anything out of the norm, it is essential to bring it in so we can inspect it for any sign of an issue. To help locate the source of the problem quicker, make sure to write down what the problem was, and the conditions you were driving in when the problem happened. Understanding the vehicle can also be important. One item to notice is the water pump. Water pumps are a very important part of a vehicle’s cooling system. It pumps water throughout the system and helps to keep the engine at a cooler operational temperature. These pumps draw in and push out water and antifreeze. When a vehicle suddenly begins to overheat, it is one of the first items that should be inspected. A broken water pump will not transmit the coolant where it needs to go. It may need to have it replaced in order to restore the proper engine temperature again. A vehicle can overheat from a faulty thermostat just as quickly as it can from a faulty water pump. read more

How Wheel Alignments Can Benefit Your Vehicle

Having the wheels aligned can have a big impact on the tires of your vehicle. It is also an important maintenance task to do. If you are unsure how often the tires should be aligned, make sure to bring your vehicle in, and we can set up a schedule. Also by having proper maintenance and regular inspections, you can help to ensure better fuel mileage for your vehicle. It can also increase the safety when you are traveling. If your vehicle is poorly maintained, it will not be able to function the way that is should. Also, parts will not last as long as they should either. The tires should also be positioned and aligned correctly. To help accomplish this, make sure the tires are inspected on a regular basis. During this, check for damage, defects, or excessive wear. By noticing an issue early, it can help to prevent a larger issue down the road. This can also affect the handling of the vehicle and ensure that it is as safe as possible to operate. Poor alignment can lead to unsafe handling. It can also cause wear and damage to the tread of the tires or other components. read more

Importance of Wheel Alignment for your vehicle

To help maintain your vehicle and keep it in good working order, one of the things you should have done regularly is a wheel alignment. By doing this, you can help to extend the life of your tires. We also check the tires during scheduled maintenance to make sure they are in good shape with even wear patters, which will indicate proper alignment. The tires also need the tread and air pressure checked. By having an alignment done when you need it, you can help preserve the life of your tires and other suspension and steering parts of your vehicle. Proper alignment will provide better gas mileage as the tires are at the correct angles so your vehicle has minimal resistance. read more

How Your Brakes Work with Steering and Suspension

Your springtime traveling is going to depend upon your car being as healthy as it can be. General car maintenance will help you measure its health and keep it healthy.  It can let you know what needs to be done to get it healthy and keep it that way. All of the systems in your car work harmoniously in tandem to get you to your destination, but the two systems that are very important are the brakes and steering and suspension systems. These two systems not only keep you safe on the road, but they can also provide a comfortable ride. read more

Causes and Cures for Steering and Suspension Woes

When you get in your car, sometimes you can tell when something is just not right. It may be something that others may not notice, but you notice it. With the spring traveling season in the air, you do not need anything getting in the way of your freedom. When you have troubles with your steering and suspension, you should make it a point to take care of those problems right away. The steering and suspension system is the system that helps you maintain control of your car. If this system goes bad, it could be hazardous for you and the other drivers on the road. To warn you of problems in this area, your car will give you clues that you need to learn to decipher. read more