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Debunking Common Myths Surrounding the Braking System

Debunking Common Myths Surrounding the Braking System

There are countless misconceptions regarding your vehicle, especially about your brakes, that are being spread day and night. It's hard for most of us to distinguish between wrong and right, so we usually go off of what others tell us. Well -- our certified team of professionals is here to put a stop to these common myths!   #1: "Brake pads need to warm up first." This is FALSE. The brakes on the average car produce enough friction to stop your car even in freezing climates. It doesn't matter whether it is cold or hot; your brakes will bring your vehicle to a stop if the brakes are in good condition.    #2: "Wet brakes will increase your stopping time." It takes about 3x longer to break on wet surfaces than dry ones, but not because your brake system is wet. When your rotor gets damp, the water gets flung off by the intense force of your spinning wheels. Your stopping distance is compromised due to a loss of tire traction, not wet brakes ... read more

What is a Car Radiator?

What is a Car Radiator?

A radiator is a block or collection of parts that is responsible for cooling down and dissipating heat generated in a closed system. Cars are very complex machines and have many aspects that need to operate in conjunction to keep the car cool. Automobiles need their radiators to cool down the engines and lubricate the moving parts to ensure there are no performance setbacks. Radiators and engines almost always go hand in hand. You can also find radiators in motorcycles, stationary generating plants, railroad locomotives, and nearly anything with an engine. However, we will discuss car radiators and what problems could arise from a failing radiator. 4 Common Car Radiator Related Problems #1 - Leaks Leaks in the radiator can be a significant problem. The coolant that flows back and forth to your engine creates a lot of pressure. That pressure buildup could negatively affect your hoses. The hoses may decline or come loose, allowing coolant to escape the system, which will ultimately l ... read more

5 Essential Phone Apps That Every Driver Needs

5 Essential Phone Apps That Every Driver Needs

The smartphone has become a fundamental part of our lives, and it extends to our driving experience. Nearly every car manufacturer has started to incorporate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into their vehicles. Meanwhile, the app stores within our phones offer an assortment of apps that have taken the place of the traditional paper road map. We've compiled a list of apps that every driver should incorporate into their daily transportation routine. The best part is they are all FREE. Here are the top 5 apps that every driver should have: Waze The rivalry between Apple Maps and Google Maps can be intense as they offer clean designs. However, those navigation apps don't even come close to the convenience of Waze. This app delivers turn-by-turn navigation as the others do, but its strength offers real-time, user-submitted data. As a result, you can see traffic conditions instantaneously. Other app users, called "Wazers," can also flag hazards like hidden police traps, p ... read more

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

Worn shocks and struts are the backbones of your vehicle. They provide the ultimate stability needed to withstand anything from normal driving to turning and riding over uneven surfaces. They provide a safe stopping distance for driving on wet or slippery roads. Plus, they are the reason that stopping distances are safe. Without them, none of these things would ever be possible, and that is the very reason to be aware of when your shocks and struts are on the verge of going out on you. There are several key signs you should be aware of. First, you may experience slipping when moving into another lane or making a simple turn. Although this is perfectly normal during days of inclement weather, it is not something that typically happens on a normal, sunny day. If it does, it may be time to get your shocks and struts replaced. Any shock or struts that are worn could be the primary culprit. Another issue that could crop up is uneven patches of wear and tear on your tires, which can gradua ... read more

The Importance of Tire Rotations

The Importance of Tire Rotations

Since most vehicle models these days carry the weight of the car in the front, it is quite common for the front tires to wear out first. If parts of the engine are worn out or loose, it could cause front tires to wear down quickly, affecting wheel alignment. In cases where shocks and struts are worn out, the tires will wear down unevenly and literally cause the car to bounce on the road as you are driving. Often front tires wear out on the outer edge due to wheel misalignment, and this type of wear and tear could be a result of anything from worn-out ball joints or the car's suspension that has moved out of its proper position for some reason. It is vital that tires are rotated regularly as they can develop bald spots, as well as form bulges and blisters that are dangerous as the vehicle will slip and slide and the driver could lose control of the vehicle and have a serious accident. Uneven wearing down of the front tires occurs most commonly due to the unequal distribution of ... read more