As long as your brakes stop your car, you may assume they are doing fine. However, your brakes use friction to stop your car, and that friction comes from brake pads rubbing and clamping on metal discs called rotors. In the case of drum brakes, the pads are called shoes, and they rub on the inside of your drums much like pads work on rotors.
Either way, every time you hit your brakes you are wearing the pads or shoes a little. Eventually, no matter how well you take care of your car, it will be time to replace them. Your front brakes, especially, need regular attention as they do about 70% of the work.
So you understand that brakes need regular maintenance, but the question is, ...[more]
Let's address a maintenance item for everyone – timing belt replacement. It's important because letting this one slide can lead to engine damage.
Your timing belt is what makes all the moving parts inside the engine open and close at the precise
time needed in order for your engine to run smoothly and efficiently.
The worst case for drivers is that a valve is opening at the wrong time and collides with the piston. The result is bent valves and maybe even more damage to the cylinder head. Repairs can run several thousand dollars or damage the engine beyond repair.
Now, timing belts just wear out naturally so you want to replace a worn belt before it slips or breaks. Check your owner's manual o ...[more]
Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.
As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:
- Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, o ...[more]