therry/iStock/Thinkstock Subject to tremendous friction and heat, brake pads wear down and must be replaced as part of a car's regular maintenance. In disc-brake systems, the brake pads are the friction material the caliper squeezes against the rotating disc, or rotor, to slow the wheel's rotation and stop the car. In drum brakes, the pads are called shoes How do I know when to change my brake pads and rotors? Squeaks, squeals and metal-to-metal grinding noises are typical signs you're past due for new brake pads and/or rotors. Other signs include longer stopping distances and more pedal travel before you feel significant braking force. If it's been more than two years since your brake parts were replaced, it's a good idea to have the brakes checked at every oil change or every six…
Transmission Switch Issues to be Aware of
Being able to diagnose the types of problems that can occur with a transmission switch will not only help you to maintain your car, but also to save money. Being aware…Read more ›
How Often Should Tires/Wheels Be Balanced?
A dirty little secret about wheels and tires is that they usually aren't perfectly round, even when brand new. What's more, their weight often isn't evenly distributed, so they're heavier in some spots than others. Either issue can cause annoying vibrations.
What Does the Check
Share That is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunction in the vehicle's emissions, ignition or fuel systems. It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or something as severe as a faulty catalytic converter, so you shouldn't ignore it. All cars and light trucks have onboard diagnostics that are supposed to detect engine-related problems that affect the emissions control systems The check-engine light (typically a yellow or orange outline of an engine with the word "Check") should come on for a few seconds every time you start the engine with other warning lights. If it stays on, that means there is a problem. If the check engine light is flashing, that usually indicates a misfire or other serious issue, and it should…
How To Properly Check and Fill Tires
While it may seem like a mundane task, inflating tires is much more crucial to your car than you may think, and it results in a safer and more economical experience on the road. Your vehicle's handling also will be greatly improved as the larger a tire's inflated footprint, the more responsive and comfier the ride balance will be. Because it's National Tire Safety Week, it's the perfect time to check your car's tires.