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How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

If you're like most drivers, you probably don't think much about your brake pads. After all, your vehicle gets you where you're going and stops when you need it to, so worrying about your brakes is probably not at the top of your list. But, worry aside, knowing how often your brake pads should be replaced can save you money in the long run. Cause and Effect When you apply the brake pedal, the brake pads contract against the brake rotors with a high degree of heat and force. That causes high-intensity friction, and the brake pads absorb a great amount of the force, which brings the vehicle to a complete stop. When this is continually repeated, the brake pads eventually wear down to an insufficient level. Think of brake pads like the soles of your shoes. Over time, the soles get worn down so low that buying a new pair of shoes becomes necessary. Warning Signs A brake inspection should occur every 12,000 miles. That is the most proactive way to ensure that your brake pads ... read more

Is It Safe to Drive With a Damaged CV Joint?

Is It Safe to Drive With a Damaged CV Joint?

CV (Constant Velocity) joints connect the axles of front-wheel-drive cars to the wheels. The joints allow the wheels and axle to flex as you drive to account for uneven surfaces, turns, etc. The CV joint is the weakest point in this system, and that's why it needs proper care: lubrication and protection from rocks, dust, dirt, etc. If the CV joint gets damaged, contamination will take place, and the lubricant will leak out. The Constant Velocity is sealed by a boot. This boot may get damaged, and when this happens, the joint will wear out and eventually fail. If you drive a car with a damaged CV, the joint will disintegrate further, making driving impossible. You'll not be able to control the vehicle and may get involved in an accident. In short, it is advisable never to drive a vehicle if its CV joint is damaged. If your CV joint is damaged, let a mechanic repair it for you before it's too late. But how will you know that your CV joint needs repair? Look out for the fol ... read more

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

Your car battery plays a crucial role in providing a power source to the ignition system and keeping your car running. As a rule of thumb, you should replace it every four to five years. However, a car battery life widely varies mostly based on how and where you drive and the state of your charging system. Besides changing your vehicle's oil and filters, maintaining your battery in its best condition enhances your car's performance and smooth running. Unfortunately, just like any other component, your battery is subject to wear with everyday use-even under the best care. Consequently, it loses its capacity to hold a charge, making it weak to start your car. Start paying attention to your vehicle's performance, especially when the battery hits the third year. That said, you can test your battery health condition at least twice a year using a digital voltmeter. A voltage reading below 12.29 volts is an indication that your battery is not fully charged, while an overcharged b ... read more

3 Problems With Your Transmission You Can’t Ignore

3 Problems With Your Transmission You Can’t Ignore

While you're driving home from work, you're getting ready to park your car. As you put the car in reverse, a jerking sound is made with shifting gears. The sound and jerk last a few seconds, but you're able to park the car without any other issues, hoping your transmission is not blown. What are some signs to look for that your transmission needs to be worked on immediately? 1. Your Transmission Has Challenges Shifting Gears - if you notice when you're driving that your gears move from reverse to neutral, then it's time to take your car in for repairs. Another sign is your car is not accelerating fast enough or struggling. Also observe rough transitions when switching gears, it could be a problem for your transmission. Observe any delays between shifting gears, where the connection is slow, or there's a long pause. This is an issue that cannot be ignored. 2. Transmission Fluid is Leaking - If you see a ... read more

3 Signs Your Volkswagen Needs an Oil Change

3 Signs Your Volkswagen Needs an Oil Change

Volkswagen is a premium vehicle, and with routine maintenance, you can boost performance and extend its lifespan. One of the most important preventative maintenance tasks is oil change. For the most efficient engine performance, Volkswagen's oil should be changed at regular intervals. Consult your vehicle's owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendations on the best interval for your car. It's also essential to consider road conditions and how often or how far you use your vehicle. If it's been a while since your Volkswagen has gotten an oil change, it will let you know. Below are three major signs it's time for an oil change.  Dirty Engine Oil Checking your engine oil is pretty simple. While your vehicle is cold, pop the hood and pull the dipstick. It's essential to check your motor oil once a month or so. Engine oil should be a honey-color, clean, and free of debris. Regularly checking your oil will help you iden ... read more

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