Tuesday, January 7, 2020

4 Most Common Car Noises - Avoid Costly Automotive Repairs

This video talks about the 4 most common car noises and the problems associated with them. Common car noises can be due to worn out engine belts, worn-out brakes, worn out CV joints, or worn-out tires.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

How To Avoid Pothole Damage

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Driving through a seemingly innocent hole in the road could result in costly car damage. Before you end up at the auto shop in need of suspension repair or wheel replacement, know the five best ways to avoid pothole damage

1. Check Tires

Frequently inspect your tires to ensure they are properly inflated and do not have significant wear. If you hit a pothole with worn or underinflated tires, there is a greater risk of wheel or suspension damage. Inflate tires according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure levels. Find this information on the door jamb sticker and in your owner’s manual. Do not use the pressure levels molded on the tire sidewall. To check the tire tread depth, insert a quarter upside down into several tread grooves. If the top of Washington’s head is visible, it’s time for new tires. How to properly check tire tread

2. Inspect Suspension

Make certain struts, shock absorbers and other suspension parts are in good condition. Changes in vehicle handling, excessive vibration or uneven tire wear can indicate damaged or worn parts. Have a certified auto service technician inspect the suspension if you suspect a problem.

3. Look Ahead

Stay alert and check the road ahead to avoid potholes. Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions. Before swerving around a pothole, check your surroundings so you do not collide with another vehicle or endanger nearby pedestrians or cyclists.

4. Slow Down

If you cannot avoid a pothole, reduce your speed safely. Check the rearview mirror before braking abruptly. Hitting a pothole at higher speeds greatly increases the chance of tire, wheel and suspension component damage. Releasing the brakes just before hitting a pothole allows the wheel and tire to roll through the depression and helps minimize potential damage.

5. Beware of Puddles

Drive cautiously through puddles as they may be deep potholes filled with water.

What to Do If You Hit a Pothole and Suspect Damage Get a Vehicle Inspection. Hard pothole impact can knock the wheels out of alignment and affect steering, or dislodge wheel weights, damage a tire or wheel, and bend or even break suspension parts. Have a qualified mechanic check the wheel alignment if the vehicle pulls to the left or right. Have the suspension inspected if you notice any new or unusual noises or vibrations.

Article Source: https://www.aaa.com/autorepair/articles/how-to-avoid-pothole-damage

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

On the road to success, the rule is always to look ahead. May you reach your destination and may your journey be wonderful. Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Decoding Dashboard Warning Lights | Consumer Reports

You might have noticed the gallery of icons on your dashboard when you start your car. Consumer Reports’ expert explains what those warning lights mean.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

AAA Certified Auto Mechanics Answer Questions

AAA certified auto mechanic gives a few tips on starting dialogue with your auto repair shop.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

Land Use Plays a Role in Pedestrian Freeway Fatalities - IIHS News

Land use plays a role in pedestrian freeway fatalities

Pedestrian fatalities on U.S. interstates and other freeways rose 60 percent from 2009 to 2018. Most of those killed were trying to cross the freeway in urban areas.