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Rotors. Important facts about stopping.

Rotors. Important facts about stopping.

Rotors   What are they? Rotors, with assistance from the brake pads and calipers, cause your car to slow down and/or stop. They are the circular metal part that the brake pads rub against to cause the wheels to stop spinning. They are as important as brake pads for stopping.   Why do they go bad? Heat isn’t a friend of metal parts. Heat from friction can cause warping and wear. For those of you that remember LP records, think of records that were left in the sun.   Signs you need new rotors. Squeaking, rough stopping, vibrating when slowing, When your rotors go bad you will hear it and feel it. Make it over to your mechanic as soon as possible.   Helpful Info Rotors should be replaced every 30-70 thousand miles. And when you change the rotors you should change your brake pads too. Since the rotors and brake pads rub together the brake pads are ‘mated&rsquo ... read more

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Car Thermostats: Some general information

Thermostat: What is it? Every car has a thermostat. The thermostat in you car regulates the engine coolant temperature to cool off your engine. Thermostats don’t have an average lifespan. So there is no real recommended time to replace them. That is why it is important to get your check engine light read as soon as you can when it pops up or know what to do if it suddenly goes bad. How does it work? As the car heats up to 200 degrees, the thermostat opens (heat causes things to expand) and opens to allow circulation of the coolant thru the coolant system (which is a series of pipes that are housed around/ thru the engine) when the engine cools down enough (cold causes things to contract) it closes. When the thermostat goes bad it gets stuck, or doesn’t open which causes your car to overheat, or if it gets stuck in the open position it causes the car to be too cool which causes bad emissions, and bad efficiency, and accelerates wear. What are signs I need to get mine fixed ... read more

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Back to School Safety

Back to School Safety

So, your precious babyies are off to college! You want to make sure they’re prepared and safe. You have their dorm room supplies, class schedules, and you have all the emergency numbers tattooed to their arm. (ok, so maybe not tattooed). Have you checked on their car? Teenagers are notorious for letting car problems slide until the last minute. So, is their car up to scratch? Let’s see. ENGINE- Does the car have any check engine lights on? FUNCTION-Does everything work properly? (AC, Radio, Seat belts, turn signals?) WIPER BLADES-Do the wiper blades wipe away the rain? LIGHTS-Headlights, Brake lights, cabin lights, running lights? All glowing brightly? EMERGENCY CAR KIT-Do they have jumper cables and an emergency kit? BASIC CAR CARE-Do they have the know how to change a car tire? Can they read tire pressure? Can they execute basic car care? FLUIDS ... read more

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Long Term Maintenance for your motorized carriage. (car, I mean car)

So, you’ve been with your car a little over a year now. Your mind is beginning to wonder about what’s in store for you down the road. Your thinking about what could go wrong, and if you’re going to make it thru the rough times ahead. If you are anything like me you’re going to want to know what to expect. Usually if you do your routine maintenance you shouldn't have many problems (aside from a flat tire here and there, that darn nail!) Important flushes: Brake fluid Flush- 30k or every 2 years Coolant Flush- 30k or every 5 years Transmission Flush= CVT every 2 years (type of fluid) or 15 k for Honda and Acura Power steering Flush- 75-100k Rear differential- 30k-60k Induction Cleaning- 30k (15k with a lot of city driving) Important parts replacements: Timing Belts-60k-105k Shocks-4-5 years Water pump- 100k if you have a good one, a cheap one can go at 30k, also should be changed with timing belt if its driven by timing belt ... read more

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The Talk: Regular maintence for your car and what it entails

So, you’ve found your mechanic. That is wonderful news. Congrats! I’m so happy for you both. As happy as you guys are, do you find your conversations beginning to lag? Why don’t you ask him about regular maintenance that your cars going to need? My mechanic calls these 3k, 6k, 9k and yearly maintence. (I did warn you that its going be 4-ish times a year.) I like to call them my seasonal visits. If you would rather get a break down from me, well buckle up honey. You’re in for a ride. The first one that’s due is fondly called the 3K maintenance. Now this ideally should be your 1st date with your mechanic unless you had him peak at your car before you bought it. Why is it called a 3K you ask? That would be because this visit should be scheduled right around 3,000 miles traveled in your car. This one varies depending on what oil you use in your car. Conventional or synthetic. If you run on conventional you’re going to need an oil change. Run on syntheti ... read more

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