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What are the Symptoms of a Bad Suspension Control Arm?

Control arms are one of the most important parts of a car’s suspension system. The arm connects the wheel to the frame of the vehicle through a bushing and a ball joint. These components absorb road generated force while keeping the wheel aligned to the frame.

The first symptom of a bad control arm part is a clunking noise coming from any wheel when accelerating or braking. Worn bushings or ball joints allow play that generates the clunking noise.

A new vibration in the steering wheel can indicate a worn control arm part. The extra play in a worn…

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How to Avoid False Readings on your Speedometer


As an inexperienced mechanic or driver, you most probably do not know that the size of your tire also affects how accurate your speedometer works. It is important to note that speedometers are normally calibrated for revolution using the recommended tire sizes. Remember, the speedometer is also attached to the transmission. Therefore, having a tire that is shorter or taller than the recommended size provides inaccurate readings on your speedometer.

This does not mean that you should not change your car’s tires, whether it is for performance or appearance reasons...
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Understanding Tire Wear

New tires should last about 50,000 miles as long as you drive your car regularly. If you drive less than 6,000 miles a year, then they may wear out sooner because of age. Many drivers, however, find that they have to replace their tires sooner than that. If that is your case, then examine the tire wear pattern as it will give you clues on why your tires are not lasting as long as they should.

If you notice wear on the inside or outside edges of the tire, then you probably need to have your car aligned…
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When to Replace or Repair Your Windshield

It is amazing that windshields last as long as they do. Windshields take a beating. Flying gravel, rain, snow, and bugs or birds hitting the window at high speeds all take their toll. It does not take much for a small object to do a lot of damage. A small crack can easily become a large crack. The good news is that it does not have to cost an arm and a leg to have the windshield repaired.

It takes a professional to know where the real damage lies. Did the crack originate in the center or at the edge…
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What Does the Engine Check Light Mean?

To get your engine checked, obviously. There is more to it than that, however. The engine is the heart of the vehicle. Regular servicing of the engine is therefore strongly recommended. However, sometimes the engine may have some issues that may not be necessarily be related to the normal servicing. It is good to be aware of these things so as to take appropriate action.

So what triggered the engine-check light to go on? The engine oxygen sensor may be faulty and may require replacing. At other times the gas cap may be loose, lost or damaged.

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What's A Brake Adjustment Versus An Inspection?

Brakes wear down as time and mileage progresses. Since they are made of moving parts, they wear against each other and produce wear on the parts they interact with. There is another system involved, and that is the fluids and the pressure needed to run the brakes. This whole system works together to ensure that your vehicle will slow down or stop each and every time you hit the brakes.

You need to have your brakes inspected on a regular basis, in order to determine what is needed to make your brakes work correctly. An adjustment is usually the result…

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Improving Your Fuel-Efficiency without Switching to a Hybrid

 

If you are starting to feel the pain of rising gas prices but not completely sold on buying a hybrid or electric vehicle, there are simpler ways to restrict your gas usage. If you find that your car has less real-world fuel efficiency than its rating or if you just want to see if you can do better, take a look at the way you are using and maintaining your vehicle.

Driving Style

Driving slower…

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