Wait don’t the tires rotate EVERY TIME I drive? Well of course your tires rotate as you drive, additionally the position of the tire on the vehicle should be rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles. Rotating your tires will dramatically increase tire wear and longevity. At this time you should also set the tire pressure and check the balance.
#tirerotation #tire #michelin
Where is the coolant leaking from on my car? Many different items on your car can leak anti-freeze. If there is a cooling system leak a technician will pressure test the system to locate the leak. During this pressure test the technician will inspect the radiator, water pump, hoses and various gaskets. The picture below shows a cracked plastic intake manifold gasket that was leaking coolant.
#coolant #antifreeze #radiator
After the official start of summer and the first batch of warm/humid days many people are realizing that it is too hot in their car! There are many items that can cause your AC system to malfunction. Before worrying first make sure that you have the “MAX AC” or “RECIRC” button selected to maximize the cooling capability of your car. This feature will close the outside fresh air vent and recirculate the inside air. If you still feel too warm don’t despair the repair may be as simple as a minor leak in the system.
#memorialday2016 #airconditioning #acrepair
We frequently receive calls inquiring how much it costs to repair brakes. There is much more to a brake repair than just replacing the brake pads. The fact is that to give you a accurate estimate of the repair cost we need to inspect the braking system to determine what is needed. There are many components involved in the system that can affect the cost of the repair varying the cost from $150 to hundreds of dollars! During the inspection we will measure the “brake pad”, measure the “brake rotor”, inspect the brake calipers/hoses, and inspect the caliper slides; just to name a few of the many items.
#brakes #brakerepair #rotor
Maintenance is the key to keeping your car running strong for many miles. A million miles even! Toyota plans to conduct a study on a customer owned 2007 “Toyota Tundra” that has one million miles. This Tundra has the original engine and transmission. The truck was discovered in perfect working condition in Houma, Louisiana. The owner Victor Sheppard has brought his Tundra in for service 117 times over a period of nine years for ‘timing belt replacements, oil changes, and regularly scheduled check-ups.’ This routine maintenance has kept the tundra going. For achieving such a feat, Sheppard’s truck has its own Facebook page. Sheppard has been giving a 2016 Tundra from Toyota to replace his trusty 2007, million-mile unit.
#Toyota #maintenance #millionmiletoyota
The “diesel filter” should be changed every 15,000 miles. The diesel fuel filter is often a forgotten filter. The fuel put into diesel engines can contain contaminants such as dirt, rust, scale and water. These impurities can plug fuel injectors and components resulting in engine malfunction or deterioration. These contaminants often originate from dirty and rusty storage tanks, and as the vehicle ages, from corrosion within the fuel system components. All the more reason to invest in high-quality fuel filters and to maintain them at recommended intervals.
All diesel fuel contains some water, and removing it ensures longer diesel injection system life and reliability.
#fuelfilter #diesel #filter
The engine “air filter” is responsible for preventing debris (pollen, dirt, road debris) from entering the engine. The life span of an engine air filter varies based on driving conditions. Vehicles driven in construction areas and dirt roads will collect debris quickly and require more frequent replacement. Typically an air filter will require replacement every 15,000 miles.
#airfilter #15,000mile #enginefilter
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
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
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 #gearoil
Keep 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.