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What does a water pump do?

A water pump on a car or truck engine uses centrifugal force to send coolant through the cooling system while it turns. The combustion engine produces so much heat that it needs constant flow to maintain proper temperature. The fluid leaving the pump flows first through the engine block and cylinder head, then into the radiator and finally back to the pump. The flow of coolant is regulated by the thermostat and the heat from the coolant is dispersed by the radiator.#waterpump #coolant #radiator

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What is a control arm bushing?

A control arm bushing is an important part of the suspension on your vehicle. Located between the control arm and the frame of the vehicle, control arm bushings dampen vibration between the wheels and frame, cushioning the ride, reducing driving noise, and preventing metal-on-metal contact. Over years and miles the bushings will deteriorate. On most vehicles the bushings are serviced separately, installed with a hydraulic press. After control arm bushing replacement the vehicle wheel alignment should be checked and adjusted.#controlarmbushing #suspension #bushing

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How often should I service my differential fluid?

Differential fluid should be changed every 50,000 miles. The differential in your car, truck or SUV is a gear box located between the drive wheels. The differential allows the drive wheels to turn at different speeds for cornering. 4WD vehicles will have two differentials. Over time, high operating temperatures can cause the fluid in the differential to break down and lose the ability to properly lubricate. Servicing the fluid will help you avoid premature wear on the gears and bearings in the differential.#differential #differentialservice #gearoilKeep in mind:Some vehicles do not have a drain plug. In these vehicles, the differential cover must be removed to drain the fluid. A new gasket is installed and the proper amount of oil is then added

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Why does my air conditioner not work?

You may have been surprised this spring when you turned on the air conditioner to feel luke warm air. There are many components to your vehicle "air conditioning" system that can effect its performance. One of the many main components is the refrigerant that is circulating throughout the system. The refrigerant pressure change within the system is responsible for "cooling" the incoming air. Precise refrigerant quantity is vital for proper system operation. If the system is suspected to have an improper refrigerant charge level the only proper diagnosis will be to evacuate the system and measure the refrigerant removed. If the system is found to be low on refrigerant a leak diagnosis will be required.#ac #spring #refrigerant

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What does the check engine light mean?

The "check engine" light, usually an orange symbol on the vehicle dashboard, can indicate a myriad of issues. The light means that the computer in your vehicle saw a fault. Something as simple as a loose gas cap can cause this light to illuminate. Also something more complex such as a transmission fault will also illuminate the same warning light. Generally speaking if the warning light comes on you should limit driving until you have vehicle assessed to avoid breakdown and further issues. If the light is flashing you should stop driving as the "flashing check engine light" indicates a damaging misfire event. This light will not come on for routine service.#checkenginelight #warninglight #serviceengine

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