First is for max tire life and performance,safety as the car will only handle correctly if the alignment is correct. In today’s cars we have anti lock brakes and stability control, which are all great safety advancements over the last several years, but guess what, if the alignment isn’t set to the proper spec. these incredible safety advancements just won’t work right. Your alignment should be checked each year to be sure all is set to the proper spec.
#alignment #antilock #stability
Yes, if you want them to last as long as possible, rotating is very important. Just normal driving will cause edge wear on the front tires even if the alignment is perfect so getting them off the front from time to time is a must. The time to time part is the variable here, some folks need to rotate their tires every 4 to 5 thousand miles some may go 7 or 8 and some every oil change. It all depends how you drive, the aggressive driver may need to rotate more often.
#tires #rotate #driving
First, and this seems a little silly but check to make sure the lock out button is not on, can’t tell how many times we have seen that. One problem can be a bad master switch. The master switch on newer cars is a complicated small control unit, and like other control units it can fail, replacing it isn’t to hard to do but on most cars today it will need to be programmed to your car, this can sometimes cost a bit.
#switch #windows #button
There are a number of things that can cause this, but today we will talk about brake lines. Brake lines can and do rust, and will begin to leak, this happens mostly up north with salt being used on the roads in winter, or down here in South Florida if you live by the beach you can have the same issue as well. The right way to repair this is to replace the entire line. If your mechanic wants to cut out a bad section be sure they use flair fittings and not compression type fittings for the repair. This is another reason to have your car inspected several times a year.
#brake #line #peddle
You may have heard the term “scan test” when you have car problems, and think that all your mechanic has to do is hook up some machine and the answer to your problem pops right out. Not so, the scanner is a very expensive piece of diagnostic equipment that must be used to fix complex problems in cars to day that’s true, but the scanner gives us a code to head us in the right direction then that code must be diagnosed which can take some time.
#scan #test #mechanic
If there has been no rain for a while and you have water on the floor of your car you can bet it’s coming from the A/C system. You know how much water your home A/C makes well, at least down here in South Florida your car makes a huge amount of water as well and if the drain is broken or clogged that water will flow inside your car instead of outside. Your certified service center can usually take care of this quickly and save you a bigger mess.
#water #leak #floor
Many cars today have a brake pad sensor that will turn a light on when the brakes are low. There are also some cars that have a mechanical type sensor that will make a high pitch noise when the brakes are low. But by far the best way is to have them inspected at each service, most shops will do this for free and they will be able to check for fluid leaks or other problems not just worn brake pads.
#brakes #sensors #inspection
Many times shops will tell you don’t worry about it it’s nothing, well they are wrong! If a shop tells you something like that you can be sure you need to go to another shop. That light can come on for some pretty simple reasons like you gas cap is loose, but it can also come on telling you your car is in need of service very soon and you may get stuck on the road if you don’t address the problem. For your safety and your family’s have it checked.
#engine #light #service
Many times if both sides have stopped the problem will be in the turn signal switch it self, or what is called a multi function switch these days. It will have to be diagnosed to see exactly what wrong. There is no real repair for the switch so if it’s bad it will have to be replaced.
#switch #turn #signal
Most of the time this is a indication of a bad power brake booster. The booster is operated by applying vacuum from the engine, when the booster begins to leak you hear that vacuum leaking inside the car. Your certified service center can check this and let you know what it will take to fix. This booster is a major part of the braking system so if you hear this hissing you should have it checked right away.
#booster #brake #hissing