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How often should I have my tires balanced?

How often should I have my tires balanced?

Nothing can be more frustrating than a vibration that occurs at highway speeds. Balancing tires reduce tire wear and provide a smoother ride. Surprising enough, tires aren’t manufactured perfectly round. Sometimes even with new tires, weight isn’t evenly distributed. There are some spots on your tire that are heavier than others. When new tires are mounted on wheels, auto technicians use a high-speed spin balance to locate and eliminate vibrations. In some cases, small weights attach to the rims with clips to combat the heavier spots in the tires. Most manufacturers recommend that you have your tires rotated every 5,000-7000 miles. Refer to your owner’s manual to see what’s best for your vehicle. Bring your vehicle to Ferber’s Tire and Auto for a tire rotation today

Signs of a failing ignition lock cylinder

The ignition lock cylinder is the cylindrical and mechanical part used to start your car. Housed inside the electrical component that locks the ignition known as the ignition switch. It’s often welded onto the steering column and is usually located on the right side, behind the steering wheel. While many modern automobiles have transitioned to using a push-to-start system, seeing the more traditional ignition lock cylinder system is still prevalent. So, what are the signs your ignition lock cylinder is failing? If powering your vehicle becomes a chore and you find your key getting stuck in certain positions (car accessories, lock, start), this can signify that your ignition lock cylinder is going bad. Having issues inserting and removing your car keys is another cylinder red flag that needs further investigation. As you insert and turn your key over and over again, the key and cylinder alike begin to wear. Once worn, a cylinder may jam when the key is inserted or turned. This ca ... read more

Why does my Heat/AC only run on one setting?

Why does my Heat/AC only run on one setting?

The blower motor powers the fan that allows hot or cold air to flow from the vents in your vehicle. It is the life of your HVAC system. Without airflow, you won’t have properly working heat or air conditioning. The blower motor is inside your dashboard, usually opposite the steering wheel. So, what does the blower motor have to do with a fixed high airflow? The blower motor works in conjunction with a resistor. The resistor uses voltage to control the output speed of the blower motor. The blower motor resistor is prone to shorts, corrosion, and overheating. When the resistor fails, typically, the highest setting is the only option that still functions. This is because the air from the blower motor is bypassing the resistor, thus gaining the maximum amount of voltage, resulting in full power. In other cases, there could be an issue with your AC module or the fan switch. With the resistor sometimes located in a hard-to-reach location, it’s best to go to a trusted auto shop ... read more

Why does my sway bar link break?

To figure out why your sway bar link breaks, it's first important to understand how sway bars work. The sway bar, also known as an anti-roll bar or stabilizer bar, is a vital part of your vehicle’s suspension system and keeps it level during cornering. Sway bars are usually a long and hollow arched steel bar attached to the chassis, connecting the left and right sides. This stabilizes your vehicle while still allowing the suspension to move on its own. Sway bar links are what connect the outer end of the sway bar to the suspension component. Because the sway bar itself is a torsional swing, the sway bar link smooths the motion transfer between the sway bar and the control arm. The sway bar link maintains the camber angle of the inner wheels to control motion. Like many automotive parts, over time the sway bar links will wear out. Water intrusion that leads to rust, age, and lack of lubrication all contribute to deterioration over time. A knocking noise from your suspension, rattling ... read more

Signs of a bad water pump

Signs of a bad water pump

The engine of your car creates an insane amount of heat. The water pump runs coolant through the engine block, radiator, and hoses to draw heat away from the engine to keep it cool. Running coolant through the engine is vital to keep your engine running smoothly at the optimal temperature. While sturdy, like most parts, over time, the water pump will wear out and need replacement. So what are signs to look for in a bad water pump? The most visible method would be to check the front of your car for a coolant leak. The water pumps made from various seals and gaskets will dry out and crack over time. These cracks and tears will allow coolant to leak from your vehicle. If you notice orange, green, or red fluid under the front center of your vehicle, it may be a sign of a possible leak. It's important to note that a small leak will create rust or a buildup of gunk and minerals leaking to corrosion. This could be another sign that it's time for a replacement. Several things may ca ... read more