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What Are The Common Signs Of Worn Shocks and Struts?

 What Are The Common Signs Of Worn Shocks and Struts?

Shocks and struts are effective in stabilizing your vehicle while driving. Letting these critical parts become worn out will not only make your ride bumpier and rougher, but it may also put you in a hazardous situation! Knowing to diagnose your shocks and struts is fundamental; continue reading to find out how to identify aging shocks or struts.   How Long Do Shocks And Struts Last? Under standard driving conditions, you will get approximately 75,000-90,000 miles of use before having to replace your shocks or struts. If you use your vehicle on unpaved or rough roads often, you may have to change them out sooner.   What are the Top Signs of Worn Out Shocks/Struts? Car Veering Left or Right - If your car is sliding in different directions and you need to correct it constantly to drive straight, then it is time to make a trip to the auto repair shop. Uneven Wear on Tires - When your shocks and struts are wearing thin, they will cause your tires to wear unevenly. Inspectin ... read more

What To Do When Your Battery Light Comes On

What To Do When Your Battery Light Comes On

It's not every day that we think about our car battery. However, it's another story when the battery light comes up on your dashboard. That light could signal a number of possible issues under the hood, from a damaged battery to a failing alternator. Before you whip out the jumper cables or stress about costly repairs, take some time to troubleshoot the problem.    WHAT DOES THE BATTERY LIGHT MEAN? If you notice the signs of a weak battery charge, such as power windows that are sluggish or a radio that won't turn on that accompanies the battery warning light, then you're most likely facing a battery problem. A lit battery light could be due to several issues, including: A disconnected or corroded battery cable An obstacle with the alternator or voltage regulator Corrupted cells or plates inside the battery Faulty wiring in the vehicle's electric charging system HOW DO I TROUBLESHOOT MY CAR BATTERY FROM HOME? The light could mean it's time to g ... read more

When Am I Supposed To Switch to Neutral Gear?

When Am I Supposed To Switch to Neutral Gear?

The majority of automatic transmission drivers rarely ever use neutral gear, so why is it there anyway? Well - the neutral gear serves a fundamental purpose. It is often used for manual transmission vehicles, especially since manual cars always have to be neutral first. Whereas most automatic transmission drivers rarely depend on it. When your vehicle is in neutral, it can not accelerate. Since this position is seldom engaged, when should you shift your vehicle into neutral?   Fun Fact: Did you know that neutral isn't deemed a gear? When switched to "N", no gear is employed at all hence the name - neutral.    Below are the instances where you should switch your vehicle in a neutral position:   During a Drive-Thru Car Wash If you frequently go to the car wash, you know that most drive-through car washes have rules that require you to be in neutral gear. Before you proceed to get your vehicle cleaned, you must have it in neutral. Putting your car ... read more

Common Causes of Spongy Brakes

Common Causes of Spongy Brakes

Have you noticed that your brakes require more effort to take? Similar to any other braking problem, soft brake pedals mean that coming to a complete stop will require more effort than usual. It can be nerve-wracking when you catch your brakes feeling squishy, considering your car's braking system is possibly the most important safety feature on your vehicle. Whenever you notice this sponge-like feeling on your brakes, take your vehicle into an auto shop immediately. Don't you worry - TC Auto Service's trained technicians are happy to take a look and fix the problem.    Multiple problems could be attributed to spongy brake pedals. Here are some of the most common causes:   Air in the System Air in the brake lines is one of the most typical causes of mushy brake pedals. If air slips into the brake lines, it will intervene with the free flow of the brake fluid resulting in spongy brake pedals. Bleeding your brakes is a gre ... read more

Summer Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Summer Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Summer is approaching fast and now is the time to get yourself -- and your car -- ready! Cars are not always very forgiving of the hot summer weather. So, we all have to take precautions to ensure that no one gets stranded in the middle of nowhere because of an overheated engine that could've been prevented. Here's a list of everything you should get checked so that you know your car is in top shape for summer. Battery Test Brakes Inspection Oil and Filter Check Tire Pressure Alignment Evaluation Fluids Check Battery Test Since so many of us haven't been driving as much as we normally would be, it's important to get your battery tested and make sure it's up and running. You wouldn't want to discover that it wasn't working properly when you're well on your way to somewhere important. The short amount of time you would save by not taking it in to get checked isn't worth the possibility of getting stranded somewhere. Brakes Inspection Your bra ... read more

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