What are brake system parts that can fail?
- The master cylinder holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn or brake lines are plugged or broken, the fluid cannot be delivered and the brake pads will get ruined.
The brake fluid itself can break down from excess heat or it can get dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.
The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve, which combines a metering and proportioning valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels to make sure both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.
Brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal, or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. Because the pads and shoes create friction to stop the car, they gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely, letting the metal of the calipers and cylinders they are attached to grind against the rotors and drums and damage them. (Some pads have a metal strip attached that sounds a warning whistle when the pad becomes too worn, but this strip sounds only when the car is in motion and the brakes are not applied.)
What are signs and symptoms of a broken car air conditioner system?
- Your A/C blows only slightly cooler air compared to the exterior air
Air that blows in smells damp, musty, or like mildew
The defroster takes longer than normal to operate or does not operate at all
Your heater or A/C only functions when driving, not when idling
Your heating system blows cold air
The A/C blows warm air
Low airflow even at the highest fan setting
What are belts and hoses?
A fan belt, also known as a drive belt, is a belt connecting your car's engine to the front mounted accessories. The fan belt rotates the water pump and engine fan, which maintains a cool environment for the engine and its components. Hoses transfer coolant and antifreeze throughout the engine's cooling system (including the radiator).
What does the radiator do?
Radiators are heat exchangers for cooling your car's internal combustion engine. When the radiator fails, the excess heat produced by the engine could damage the engine components. To prevent this from happening, have your radiator serviced regularly. Visit our shop in Belmont today.
Why should I have my tires maintained?
What is a power steering flush?
Our technicians use a powerful cleaner to dissolve gum and varnish in your car’s power steering unit. We will also flush old, worn-out contaminated fluid and install fresh new fluid fortified with a special antioxidant and anti-wear ingredients to prevent expensive mechanical failure.
What should I do if my car is overheating?
Never drive your vehicle when you know your engine is overheating because this can turn out to have very expensive consequences. If your temperature gauge is 3/4 or more, pull over immediately and turn off the engine. Do not raise your hood right away, as the engine is overheating and can cause serious injury. If you do not see any steam or coolant boiling out onto the ground, you should be allow your engine to cool off for 15-20 minutes, then restart and quickly drive to the nearest service facility, constantly watching the temperature gauge. The safest decision is usually to call a tow truck. Just a small amount of overheating can ruin your engine and cost you a bundle on replacement. Constantly observing all the gauges on your car while driving is just as important as looking into your mirrors.
What if my oil light is on?
Never drive with an oil light on or flashing. Quickly pull over and turn off the engine. Checking the oil level will quickly tell you whether you have a low oil situation or an internal oil pressure problem. If the level is low (not even on the dipstick), that may be why you have a light on. Correct the level and then restart the engine - if the light still appears, call a tow truck. If the light stays off, you may drive home or to the nearest full service facility and find out why the oil level was low. Each time that light is on, you have no oil pressure, which means that your high revving engine is running with no lubrication going to all the moving parts. The end result is serious engine damage.
How often should I get an oil change?
I'm having issues with my car battery
The battery supplies electric energy which powers the ignition system, the starter motor, and the lights of an automotive. If you need to jump start your vehicle, your battery is failing. When a battery starts deteriorating, it can either be replaced or repaired - this will depend on the severity of the damage. If you are having issues with your car battery, contact us today. We provide a convenient battery testing and replacement service to get you back on the road. Battery replacement, charging, installation, testing, and recycling - we handle it all.
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