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How Long Do Brake Rotors Last?

How Long Do Brake Rotors Last?

The brakes are a critical safety feature in a car. The brake rotors or discs are the metallic round plates attached to the wheel. When the pads push against the rotors, they (rotors) stop the wheel from rotating. Unfortunately, like other parts of the vehicle like tires, the rotors also wear with time, and that's when you start hearing unusual noises and vibrations from the brake-wheel assembly. The primary function of the rotors is to absorb and dissipate the immense heat produced during braking. In fact, heat is the primary cause of rotor wear and warping. It can also be caused by glazing, which occurs when the rotor material hardens and develops a smooth, shiny surface that can no longer create friction with the brake pad. While you need to have the rotors replaced because of excessive wear, it is critical to understand how long the brake rotors should last. In other words: When should you have the brake discs replaced? How Long Should Brake Rotors Last? Typically, the lifes ... read more

What Causes a Car To Overheat?

What Causes a Car To Overheat?

If your car is tending to overheat, it is particularly important that you have it seen to. Overheating can cause damage to your engine if left unchecked. Below is a list of probable causes for your car to overheat. Radiator Airflow Blockage Your radiator is cooled by air flowing through the grid and the thin pipes in the grid. The air that is both forced through the forward motion of the car and assisted by a fan that pulls it through the radiator, helps dissipate the heat. Blockages to this grid will prevent the air from flowing and cause the coolant not to cool down. This can be caused by riding through tall grass or an accumulation of insects and other solid matter over time. A solution is to have it cleaned but be careful not to damage the grid and compromise the piping in the process. Low Coolant Levels The engine cooling system is sealed and operates under pressure. If the smallest leak in the system occurs, coolant is lost. If the coolant runs too low, then the water pump c ... read more

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Replaced?

How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Replaced?

Windshield wipers are good for wiping away dirt, and for helping you see out your front window. They are essential to help you see the road ahead during inclement weather. Yet they, too, are subjected to wear and tear, especially as the blades wear thin on them. It is recommended that you get them replaced for your safety. Dirt streaks, wet spots, and squeaking noises are just a few of the immediate signs of wiper failure. A piece of silicone or wiper blade might be missing when this happens. Your blades should glide smoothly and without sound while keeping the windshield clean during activation. Failure to do so means that you will need to have them replaced immediately. Other symptoms of wiper blade issues include vibrations, shaking, and chattering, all of which happen when a piece is missing. It most likely is a bit of wiper blade, which gets broken over time and use. Blades and other parts of your windshield wipers can leave large holes when they come up missing. Wear and tear m ... read more

Do I Really Need to Replace My Timing Belt?

Do I Really Need to Replace My Timing Belt?

Today, most vehicle owners have an understanding of a timing belt and its importance to the smooth running of vehicles. Although some modern cars are still manufactured with timing chains, most cars still use a timing belt. It is an essential component that ensures harmony with vehicle parts during movement. What is a Timing Belt? A timing belt is an important belt in the engine that is toothed and runs the engine camshaft. It times the upward and downward movement of the pistons. The belt maintains a synch in the internal moving parts of the engine. It synchronizes the crankshaft and camshaft movement to ensure they operate in unison and the vehicle functions properly. Is Replacing the Timing Belt Necessary? If you wonder whether there is any need for you to complete a timing belt replacement, then the answer is yes. It is a crucial component of the engine, and its failure results in engine failure. A malfunctioned timing belt also causes further damages to the vehicle, including ... read more

How Often Do Diesels Need Oil Changes?

How Often Do Diesels Need Oil Changes?

There are plenty of differences between diesel vehicles and gas-powered cars. The noise, for one, as well as the power and, of course, the type of gas you have to use. You may wonder if you are switching from a regular vehicle to one that takes diesel, how often the oil needs to be changed so you can ensure efficiency. You want to take care of the engine and oil changes are key. The Frequency Of The Oil Change Gas-powered vehicles generally need oil changes every 3,000-5,000 miles or every 3 months, depending on the vehicle and what is recommended by the manufacturer. But that's not the same as a diesel vehicle. There are other conditions that are going to determine when you need an oil change. For example, what terrain are you driving? That's going to make a difference in frequency. The climate will also be telling. The type of oil you use will help with longevity between changes and you will also have to consider what you do with your vehicle. Do you just ... read more