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Why is my TPMS light on?

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Why is my TPMS light on?
A properly inflated tire is critical to the proper handling of your vehicle. Properly inflated tires improve tire performance, load carrying capability, and reduce tread movement. You lose these benefits if you fail to pay attention to your TPMS light. TPMS stands for the tire pressure monitoring system. This system involves a valve and a sensor and lets you know if any of your tires are underinflated by 25% or more. It’s important to know that a dramatic increase or decrease in temperature ca...
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Why are my bushings squeaking?

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Why are my bushings squeaking?
Car bushings are a common joint found in your suspension system. Bushings are rubber or polyurethane sleeves that allow your suspension component to rotate. Not only do bushings allow for rotation, but they also provide cushioning, isolate vibration, and even reduce friction between metals in your vehicle. Bushings can begin to squeak if the rubber becomes torn or dried out. This is a result of natural weathering overtime from the environment and contact with motor oil and other chemicals. Fric...
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When should I replace my spark plugs?

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When should I replace my spark plugs?
Spark plugs provide the spark that power your engine. Without functioning spark plugs, you aren’t going anywhere. Without that crucial spark, your car won’t start. While it’s such a small part, it’s importance to your vehicle couldn’t be bigger. New spark plugs help keep your car running at its peak performance. Before replacing your spark plugs its important to recognize when they need changing. Depending on the metal and manufacturer, spark plugs can last anywhere from 50,000 to 120,000 ...
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What is a CV joint?

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What is a CV joint?
The CV or constant velocity joint, is a flexible part of your vehicles drive shaft system. The constant velocity refers to the steady spinning of your wheels regardless of up and down movement in your suspension. They allow a transfer of power from your transmission to your wheels at various angles without increasing friction or motion. CV joints essentially are a complex ball and socket joint. All front-wheel-drive cars have CV joints on both ends of the axle shafts. The outside CV joints conn...
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Do I really need a brake flush?

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Do I really need a brake flush?
Brakes, like anything else, wear down over time. Flushing your brake fluid removes the majority of contaminated fluid from your brake system and replaces it with brand new fluid. So, to answer the question yes, it’s extremely important to get a brake flush, which is usually recommended every 30,000 miles. Moisture can get in your system which turns into rust that flakes off and ends up in your brake fluid. Contaminants from calipers, wheel cylinders, and valves break off and can get in your bra...
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Does your brake pedal go to the floor?

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Does your brake pedal go to the floor?
It’s ideal to have a brake pedal that’s tight and has a responsive connection to your brakes. Soft or spongy brakes make it much harder to bring your car to a complete stop, which is highly dangerous. There are a few culprits to why your brake pedal is soft and may even touch the floor of your vehicle. One of the most common reasons for your brakes touching the floor would be an issue with your brake fluid. Your fluid being low or air reaching the brake line will prevent the fluid from flowin...
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Why is my oil light on?

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Why is my oil light on?
So, you’re driving home and that red oil can pops up on your dashboard. What does this mean? What’s the next step? Follow these instructions to get closer to the solution. First, it’s important to understand the urgency and importance of the oil light. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Continuing to run the engine without enough oil to lubricate the parts can result in devastating damage to the components in your engine. If you see that red oil can on the dashboard it’s important to pull...
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What are struts?

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What are struts?
While they share similar roles, struts and shocks are not interchangeable parts. Struts are a structural part of the suspension system and are mounted to the chassis of the vehicle. The main job of the strut is to absorb the impact created by bouncing and dipping on the road. In addition, the strut provides structural support of the vehicle's suspension and holds the tire in the properly aligned position. Struts are composed of only two parts: the shock absorber and the spring. The spring is alm...
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How do I know when my car battery is dead?

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How do I know when my car battery is dead?
Your car battery supplies electricity to your vehicle, so it's importance can’t be overstated. So how will you know when it’s time to replace it? A major sign it might be time to replace your battery is slow engine cranking. Also, if you’ve had to jump your car multiple times in a short time period it’s more than likely time for a new car battery. Checking the visual appearance of your battery can provide clues as well. A leaking battery with corrosion or a bloated, casing is hazardous and i...
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What's the purpose of power steering fluid?

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What's the purpose of power steering fluid?
Is your steering wheel becoming harder to turn? Do you hear a whine or squeal when your wheels turn? This means you could have a problem with your power steering. Power steering is what makes it easier to turn and control our vehicles. Power steering fluid is hydraulic oil that transfers engine power using a belt and pulley to pressurize the fluid. This extra power helps you control the wheel. You should have your power steering fluid checked at every oil change and replaced every 60,000 miles. ...
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