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Is Your car Causing a Ruckus?

Have you ever been driving your car, turned a corner and heard a horrible squealing sound? You start to freak out and get upset because you know you are going to have to bring your car into the shop. Well, here are a few diagnoses for some of the sounds you might hear from your car.A high-pitched, piercing metallic screech is usually a sign that brake maintenance is required. Brake pads have wear indicators that alert the driver to problems. If you suspect you need brake repair in Corpus Christi, be sure to visit an ASE certified technician .A high-pitched metallic tapping sound is often related to engine speed. First check your vehicle’s manual for octane rating, because it could be caused by fuel with a lower octane rating than recommended. Engine ignition timing may be the problem if it doesn’t stop.Loose or worn power steering, fan or air conditioning belts will cause a shrill, sharp squeal.A clicking sound can be related to a loose wheel cover or fan blade.A low-pitched rhythmic r ... read more

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What is Your Braking System Telling You?

Your braking system is one of the most important parts of your vehicle when it comes to your safety, which is why it’s important to have it thoroughly inspected at least once a year by a trusted mechanic in Corpus Christi who is ASE-Certified.The inspection should include:• Brake and dash warning lights • Condition of hoses and brake lines • Brake fluid level • Brake lining wear • Rotor thicknessWarning signs that something is wrong with your brakes include:Vibrations. If your brake pedal is vibrating when you step on it, this could mean your rotors are warped.Squealing. Squealing can be heard when your windows are down and the radio and AC unit is turned off. It is a warning sign that the brake pads might need to be replaced. If you only hear this sound when your car has just been washed or sitting in the rain, this is normal.Grinding Noise. A grinding sound could indicate that your brake pads are worn beyond replacement.Illuminated ABS light. Many vehicles now have an ABS (Anti-lock ... read more

Don’t Stall on Maintenance, or Your Car May Stall on You!

How many times do you see a stalled out car on the side of the road? You can usually spot one on a weekly basis. Depending on how much you drive, you could very well see a different car stalled out every day! Some might say that modern vehicles are the cause, but this is a problem that has been around since the introduction of the automobile, and with the increased number of drivers it stands to reason that there are more break downs.Some might say that a break down is just bad luck, but it’s more likely that vehicle neglect is the root of the problem. Rich White, a spokesperson for the National Car Care Council says, “Don’t blame your car. It can’t drive itself to the shop and ask for an oil change or new spark plugs.” With how important transportation is to us nowadays, it is surprising to see how often minor maintenance is overlooked.By simply having periodic check-ups on your car you do much more than just make sure you don’t break down. There is a domino effect anytime a car stall ... read more

Brakes: More than just pads and shoes

The most important system in the automobile, for safety, is the brake system. You change your brake pads when they have outlived their useful life, right? How about brake fluid? Many people overlook that component of the brake system, even though it is an essential part.It has been shown that brake fluid becomes contaminated, on average, every two years. This is important because with it being a hydraulic fluid, its job is to transmit force and apply the brakes. As it becomes contaminated with moisture, the once non-compressible fluid now does compress, causing you to press harder on the brakes for the same amount of stopping power. This means that in a panic stop scenario, the more contaminated the fluid becomes, the longer it will take for you to be able to stop your vehicle.In modern vehicles with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), there is even more reason to flush the brake fluid regularly. Dirty brake fluid can damage the sophisticated and expensive ABS control equipment.To avoid reduced br ... read more

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Preventing Oil Loss

Many vehicles will experience oil loss at some point. Usually it is through small drips and minor leaks that can be prevented, but in some cases oil leaks require immediate attention from an ASE Certified Technician. The most common leak is the result of an improperly sealed drain bolt. When you have your oil changed, your oil pan is first drained. The drain is resealed, usually with a new washer around the drain bolt. Cheap oil change services may not include a new washer, which may result in new leaks after the change. If a leak appears after the change and continues after a day or two of normal driving, a new washer may be needed. Small oil leaks are also common in older cars. Often the seals wear or are misshapen due to the mechanical movements and drastic changes in temperature that are common with a combustion engine. While replacing the seals may not be economical, it is very important to check oil levels frequently. If the oil stains pavement, kitty litter or crushed drywall wi ... read more

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