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How much do new tires cost?

Tires range greatly is cost depending on the size, type and rating of the tire. Tires come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Standard economy cars and sedans are usually the cheapest to replace. If you drive a sporty car, truck or a large SUV, those prices can jump significantly higher.Unfortunately, you can't just install cheap sedan tires on a sports car, just as you can't install passenger vehicles on a large pickup truck. Your best bet to determining exact cost is to contact a local auto mechanic with your exact tire size, along with the year make and model of your vehicle to get a price estimate. The right tire for your car will be selected based on your vehicle manufacturers specifications, your individual driving habits, vehicle use and your expected usage. Many times you can take advantage of a tire manufacturer "sale" or "rebate" to assist in the cost of "tire replacement".#tirecost #tirequote #tiresale

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What is a steering rack?

Also known as a "steering gear" this is an integral component of the modern automobile steering system. The steering rack or "rack and pinion" is the mechanical connection from the drivers hands to the steering wheels of the vehicle. The "rack-and-pinion" is a gearset is enclosed in a metal tube. As the driver turn the steering wheel the pinion rotates to pushes the rack left or right. Each end of the rack protrudes from the tube connecting to a "tie rod". The steering rack unit uses hydraulic fluid for steering assist. A common failure of this item is fluid leaking from wear.#steeringrack #rackandpinion #steering

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What is an axle?

Your axles are the last link in transferring power from the engine to your wheels/tires. They're strong parts that last a long time – but like every other part they can run into trouble. There are different kinds of axles, each with their own potential problems. Most cars today have "constant velocity" drive axles. These axles are constantly articulating and moving as the name implies. You may have heard a service technician refer to CV boots or axle boots. These are the rubber boots that protect the CV joint while you drive. Your Southampton Pennsylvania service technician knows this and checks for things like leaking seals, torn CV boots, and worn axle joints. An inspection will reveal if there are any axle related problems. If there is a concern with an axle,it will be removed and inspected. If the shaft is in good shape, it can be reused. Damaged CV boots are replaced as well. It's important to have Frank's Servicenter Inc. take care of this work as soon as you become aware o ... read more

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What is a Catalytic Converter? II

And why is it so expensive? A catalytic converter is an essential part of your exhaust and emissions system. The purpose of the catalytic converter is to convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they ever leave your car's­ exhaust system. In chemistry, a catalyst is a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without being affected itself. The cost of a catalytic converter is driven primarily by the precious metals that are used to construct the catalyst. The mix of precious metals includes platinum, palladium, and rhodium. These precious metals are also the driving force behind "catalytic converter theft".#catalyticconverter #exhaust #emissions

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How long will my tires last?

The reality is that it depends on many factors. The national average is 3 – 5 years. The life of your tires will vary based on the type of vehicle and most importantly your driving habits. As your grandfather probably told you speeding, hard braking and hard acceleration will prematurely wear your tires. Other major factors are stop and go local driving versus extended highway driving. To maximize the life of your tires make sure to regularly set the pressure, rotate your tires and check the wheel alignment.#tires #goodyear #alignment

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