FAQs

What Are Axles, Bearings, and Hubs?

The axles, bearings, and hubs play a big role in the operation of your vehicle, but aren’t something you’d really think about until something starts to go wrong. The most common symptoms of a car experiencing problems in either three of these essential components are harsh squeaking when going around corners or rumbling noises when you drive. But just how important are these three components and what exactly do they do? Axles An axle is something transfers powers back and forth between two components different components. For instance, your transmission is connected via an axle to the driveshaft so that it can control the gears and make your wheels spin. Bearings Bearings are located inside the wheel and look like small metal balls or rollers. The concept of a bearing is to reduce the friction between two surfaces by permitting it roll; the less friction there is the better gas mileage you’ll be able to achieve. Hubs The hubs are what house all the bearings from your vehicle. The hubs on each tire that are composed of bearings are attached to an axle. Repairing Common Problems These three components work together to make it so that your vehicle can transfer the power and torque from the engine and transmission and make your vehicle run smoothly. When any one of these parts is defective or requires repair, you will start to hear things like harsh screeching noises or rumblings as you drive. These components might not cause you significant problems at first, but you will start to see a dramatic decrease in your gas mileage and maneuverability as time goes on. As the problem gets worse, so will the cost to repair or replace these parts. Bring in your car today so that we can listen to the sound, evaluate the problem, and fix...

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What’s The Purpose Of Exhaust Systems?

The exhaust system is a combination of pipes that runs through your vehicle to perform essential–but often overlooked–jobs; but perhaps the most important role of the exhaust is to take harmful gasses out of the engine and find a place to get rid of it. An exhaust system is composed of many different components that allow it to operate. Stemming from the engine compartment is manifold which is connect to the engine cylinders and transfers all the fumes produced into one pipe. That pipe then takes in all the harmful emissions produced by the engine and transfer those gases into what is known as a catalytic converter and an oxygen sensor. The catalytic converter is usually composed of platinum and rhodium. This device takes in all of the gas, and thanks to a little high school science is able to chemically convert these harmful gasses into harmless gasses; the gases are then transferred onto to something known as the header-back, which continues to move the emissions throughout the car. As the incredibly hot gases move through the header back, they are then passed through a silencer box. The silencer box reduces vibrations and moves the gas toward the tailpipe underneath you vehicle. From there, the gas is released from the pipe and allowed to enter into the atmosphere. If the catalytic converter wasn’t a part of the chain of movement, the toxic gas from every car on the road would be floating in the air around you. The entire process from start to finish occurs very quickly, but it doesn’t just benefit the environment. The exhaust system also helps to make your vehicle engine more efficient by removing these gases and helps to reduce the noise that you might otherwise hear. If you are noticing rattling noises, foul odors, or you’re just considered about your vehicle…we can fix it! Bring your car in for an inspection so that our licensed specialists can diagnose the problem and provide you with a quote....

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What’s Wrong With My Car Air Conditioning Service?

Is you’re driving around and in the heat and your vehicle’s air conditioner is blowing out how air, it may be time to get your air conditioner serviced. A car air conditioner isn’t something you should try to perform yourself. In many ways, a car’s air conditioning unit is a lot like a refrigerator you’d find in your home. It’s filled with a gas-like chemical known as refrigerant and it is centrally located close by your car’s engine, making it a less than welcoming to the do-it-yourself repairman. You might have seen commercials on TV for vacuum type gadgets that claim to recharge your air conditioner and make it cooler. In reality, these devices provide minimal–if any–results. Car air conditioner problems can be related to many different problems. For instance, if your air conditioner isn’t blowing out cold air, it could be because of the cooling fans on your radiator or because there is a leak somewhere that has yet to be detected. Another cause could be less related to the mechanical makeup of the system, and instead it could have to do with not having enough refrigerant in the system. There’s really no way to know without seeing the car in person. The best results that you can achieve is to bring your car in so that our professional technicians can check for leaks, diagnose the problem, and perform quality repairs to recharge your air conditioning system. New coolant can be added and we can test your air conditioner unit so that we’re sure it performs like it should. Don’t try and waste your money away on cheap fixes that will only offer temporary results. Stop by today to get your AC fixed to get yourself back on the road and out of the...

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Where Should I Go With Questions About My Car’s Engine Control System, Mechanical & Performance?

There’s a lot that goes on inside a car to make it work, especially in today’s vehicles. From the electrical current that powers the ignition system to the comfort of your seat warmers, computers have everything to do with a car’s functionality and performance. Computers first became widely used in vehicles upon the passage of the first vehicle emissions laws that require vehicle manufacturers to regulate how much toxic gases were being released into the environment. Then more and more began to get added from engine outward starting with the catalytic converter to the engine control system (ECS), which acts as the central hub for dozens of different sensors around the car. The ECS has a big job to make sure that you are getting the most out of your vehicle. It performs some of the basic tasks like controlling emissions, but it also makes sure that just the right amount of gasoline is being burned to regulate the gas mileage. If this job wasn’t important enough, the ECS is also given the important role of regulating the vehicles anti-lock brakes to ensure you don’t skid while driving, regulates cruise control, and sets the alarm that deters thieves away from your vehicle. When there is a problem with the ECS is when you’ll start to quickly notice mechanical and performance problems with the rest of the vehicle. For instance, you might just see the check engine light on your dashboard, but in many other cases vehicles simply won’t start because there is nothing telling it how to do its job. If you suspect a problem with your ECS or have noticed performance changes in your vehicle, you should bring your car in for an inspection. We have experience with everything that makes your car run, from the computers to the sensors and all parts in between… we can diagnose &...

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Who Do I Go To When My Car’s Experiencing Clutch & Transmission Problems?

When most people think of problems with a transmission, they usually associate the problem with a major replacement and high costs that come along with it. Although transmissions can inherently be costly, just because your clutch or transmission is causing trouble doesn’t mean it’s a fatal problem that is going to force you to sell your vehicle or purchase a replacement. In many cases, both the transmission and the clutch on a vehicle can be repaired regardless of whether your driving around an automatic or manual vehicle; and the cost associated with repairing minor problems will most likely be no where near what it might cost you to replace the transmission or buy a new car. Some of the less severe problems that befall a clutch or transmission have to do with leaks. You can usually tell if this is the case when your vehicle is having trouble engaging gears when you shift; however, if the leak is allowed to continue for a long period of time without taking your car in to seal it off, you might end up causing damage which would force you to perform a replacement. Other problems that your transmission might experience is something known as shift linkage. Shift linkage is where the cables that run around the gears in your vehicle aren’t matching up like they should, usually caused by normal wear and tear of driving the vehicle. You’ll easily be able to tell if this is the case because you either won’t be able to start the car, or the car won’t change gears when you go to drive it. Transmission problems might be one of the last things you want to deal with, but the best thing you can do is to take your vehicle in to get looked at. Our experienced technicians can give you a diagnosis so that you can look over your options. If a problem is found, we can repair or replace transmissions and clutches on both manual and automatic transmissions to take care of your...

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Why Is Your Car’s Electrical Having Trouble?

Electrical problems can arise in even the newest and most luxurious vehicle models. Thanks to modern technology and the vast amount of amenities packed together in today’s cars, it can be tough to root out the cause electrical problems without first determining what doesn’t work. A vehicle’s electrical setup is composed of a battery, an alternator, and starter that have to do with most electrical related trouble. From these components, power is then routed throughout the rest of the vehicle and supplied to some of the main components; things like the warning lights on your dashboard, the electronics in the car, and even some more important things like your steering and brakes can be powered by electricity. If you’re having difficult with something like starting the vehicle, it might just have something to do with a battery that requires replacement; in that case, we do offer a battery and charging station repair for all makes and models. If on the other hand you’re having trouble getting your car’s cigarette lighter or stereo to work, it might be faulty wire that needs replacement or a blown circuit. Either way, an exposed wire or electrical problems can be unsafe, not to mention inconvenient. We can trace, locate & repair all the electrical gremlins in your car… from an inoperative cigarette lighter to more complicated systems. This process starts by taking off the paneling or finding access to the problem’s source. We’ll test the wires inside the vehicle to determine whether or not they are producing an electrical current, and repair or replace as needed to restore the functionality of your vehicle. When the repair process is all said and done, we’ll test to see if the power works and restore the car to pre-repair condition. That way you can drive off with little to no inconvenience and a functional vehicle electrical system....

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