Is it possible to repair wheels that are not fixed to the car?
Most wheel repairers don’t have a problem accepting off-the-vehicle wheels, with or without tires. Whatever the case, it is important to book for such wheel beforehand, especially if you want a quick turnaround
Can split rims be repaired?
Generally, there are 2 types of rim wheel splits. The first one is known as a 3-piece rim split and it can be refurbished or repaired by fi ...[more]
Is your car’s air conditioner giving a cold shoulder? Break the silence! Your car’s air conditioning is similar to the typical refrigerator in your home, but is has a different layout. However, they have a similar functionality. Due to the complexity of your car’s AC unit's functionality, its problems could range from minor maintenance needs to extreme repair requirements.
With the numerous working components in your vehicle, your AC issues could result from anything from low or leaking refrigerant to a faulty evaporator or condenser. If the air circulated in your vehicle isn’t cool enough to reduce the heat you are experiencing, it could be time for an AC diagnostic check-up.
Your car’s AC systems hold components that need attention to avoid cracking or drying out. Also, the car’s h ...[more]
Discover AC Problems Early
One useful technique for ensuring the air conditioning problems do not become too costly or difficult to repair is by catching them early. This may be done by understanding the regular warning signs. They include low airflow, blowing air that is warmer than usual, blowing damp or musty smelling air, and inconsistent airflow. When such signs arise, you should get professional AC repair service. However, there exist some maintenance tips that you can use to maintain the air conditioning system in excellent conditions so that you can avoid repairs.
Other signs of Auto AC Failure include:
• The AC system is not cooling properly or not cooling at all
• If you experience intermittent cooling during acceleration of the car.
• Foggy win ...[more]
Simple maintenance check list:
FAQ about maintenance made Real Simple: No maintenance=expensive problems
1. Check your tire pressure...simpler, have 106 St Tire do it FREE.
More than 90 percent of cars on the road are driven every day with improperly inflated tires with most being under-inflated. Results?
- can compromise cornering
- can compromise braking
- can compromise stability and safety
- more likely to have a tire-related accident because of the above like tire failure (thousands happen every year and cause deaths ...[more]
If your car doors or trunk sound like the creaking of a door at a haunted house, you need probably need grease or lubrication on the hinges. Ignore this and don't be surprised if your doors and trunk eventually land up damaged from binding, bending and twisting making closing or opening of doors difficult. The same goes for hoods, trunk lids, lift-gates and tail-gates. The longer you wait for lubrication the worse the damage can be and the more expense you will incur. Again, its one of 106 St Tire's important words we nag you about: MAINTENANCE.
Do you grease & inspect your balls? joints? How? Look regularly at the rubber boots containing grease around them. If they are impaired in anyway, like shredded or ripped, or just gone, you will need to grease them with the proper grease (owner's manual time again!) or replace the boot which seals them in grease and seals out dirt or probably replace the ball joints.
Some cars have ball joints need to be greased while others don't because they are sealed with a life time supply of grease in the above closed environment.
Hearing clunks, got sloppy steering? That may be the result of your ball joints needing replacement. When they are worn there will be a rattle or ...[more]
Save $$$ bucks with these quick tips:
Here are some great suggestions from Men's Health Magazine on how to beat a car sales person at their own game while you save a bundle:
1: Stay Out of the Showroom: Research, research, research and you will spend almost 90 minutes less in the showroom. While you are at it build your dream car at Edmunds.com as well and then request quotes from at least 3 car dealers.
2: Playing Hard Ball: After you get those multiple dealer quotes via email, play all the dealers against each other to win the deal. Don't go to the showrooms until you get the price you want or close to it. Always remember, the dealer's first quote is always a bad deal. Be point blank and say, "You will have to do better than that to win my business." Re ...[more]
Simple, fast tips to make your windshield wipers last longer! Here's how:
1: keep your windshield as clean as possible so keep your windshield wiper reservoir full. Having your blades scrape over dirt wears your blades out much faster.
2: keep your windshield wiper blades as clean as possible by using a clean towel or rag, spraying it and cleaning your blades often
3: stand your blades up to keep them from freezing to your windshield in rough weather. Pull them away from your windshield (see photo) ...gently please if you have never done this before. If they don't stand up put a plastic grocery bag on each one on the nights when you know it's going to snow or freeze
Renting a car for holiday travel?
It's advisable to spend about 15 minutes plus acquainting ourselves with the features in the new car we just stepped into. But, that's easier said than done when you have the pressure of stepping behind the wheel of a brand new car, have to quickly acclimate yourself, start it and keep the line of existing drivers and cars moving out of the rental car's garage or parking lot. You may feel pressured because of the line behind you.
After exiting, just pull over and do a quick study until you feel comfortable. Here's a hint about gassing up which you will need to do sooner rather than later if you don't want to pay the rental company's gas price:
Your rented vehicle's fuel gauge tells you which side your gas tank is on in the new cars.Vehicle manufacturers use what has been called a ...[more]
Danger...music!?!!?! Music with a heavy beat may get your blood pumping however it can lead to increased speed and, therefore, accidents—particularly if you crank up the volume and take off like a bat out of hell. With that in mind, also, know this: up tempo music slows down your reaction time. ...[more]