Yearly Archives: 2018

Why is my water pump leaking?

The water pump plays a critical part in the function of your engine. It moves coolant flowing through the engine, radiator, and hoses to maintain the ideal operating temperature for your vehicle. Generally, the water pump’s 'powered by the serpentine belt and the crankshaft pulley. The water pump moves in a cycle. After leaving the engine it flows from the hoses to the radiator, cooled by the air movement from the radiator fins. Water then exits the radiator and enters the water pump once again completing the cycle. This entire process is put into action by centrifugal force and the impeller blade. The water pump contains several seals and gaskets that keep coolant enclosed and secure as it flows throughout the engine. As these seals and gaskets age, they will become worn, cracked, and dried out. Once this occurs, the coolant can leak from the water pump. You may notice a green or occasionally red color pooling in the front of your car. This is the key indicator that you hav ... read more

How often should I rotate my tires?

How often should I rotate my tires?

For many people, tires are an afterthought, that is until a problem occurs. There are many precautions you can take to extend the life of your tires, and that begins with a tire rotation. Not only does a tire rotation extend the life your tires, but it also improves performance. When you get a rotation, each tire moves to a different position to establish even wear. Depending if you have front or rear wheel drive, your tires move from the back to the front or vice versa. Not only do you move tires from back to front, with most alignments you change which side of the vehicle the tire is set. Typically, a tire rotation is needed every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Rotational patterns and frequency largely depend on the vehicle type, so it’s best to check your owner’s manual. Bring your vehicle to an ASE certified shop like Ferber’s Tire and Auto for a rotation today

Why is my check engine light on?

Why is my check engine light on?

The dreaded check engine light. Also known as the Malfunction Indicator lamp, it can be a nightmare for many drivers to see. Let’s find out some factors that lead to that neon orange symbol. Important to keep in mind is how wide-ranging the check engine light is. Anything from a spark plug issue to an aftermarket alarm could trigger the icon on your dashboard. It’s intimidating to see the check engine light cut on, knowing that an expensive repair could be around the corner. This causes many people to simply ignore the light. Ignoring signals from your vehicle won’t help you, and may lead to an even greater problem in the long term. Let’s go over a handful of the most likely problems. Catalytic converter: Helps protect the environment by converting carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. Neglected maintenance will reduce fuel economy and performance.   Oxygen (O2) Sensor: Measures the amount of unburned oxygen in your exhaust system. Without repair, your veh ... read more

What are signs my rack and pinion is failing?

The rack and pinion, also known as the steering rack, is an assembly in your vehicle that allows your wheels to rotate from side to side when you turn your steering wheel. The rack and pinion got it’s from the type of gears used in the assembly. A small pinion gear is connected to the steering wheel that connects with a long rack gear. Connected to both ends of the rack is a tie rod that connects the steering arm on the spindle. When you turn your steering wheel, it pushes the rack right or left. The rack and pinion make it easier to turn your wheels and converts the rotating motion of your steering into the linear motion need to turn your wheels. So, what are signs that your rack and pinion is failing? There are a few key signs that can help you identify issues with your rack and pinion. The first identifier is a power steering fluid leak. Your rack and pinion lie at the bottom of your car, so a steering fluid leak may not always be the rack and pinion, but it’s definitel ... read more

What causes brake line failure?

What causes brake line failure?

The brake line is arguably the most important part of the braking system. When you use your brake pedal, the brake line uses hydraulic pressure to transfer brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brake calipers. This action forces the calipers to clamp the rotors to slow your vehicle. Brake lines are generally made of steel. Steel is ideal because it’s durable and able to withstand large amounts of hydraulic pressure. Unfortunately, steel, like many metals, is prone to environmental damage. Moisture and road salt corrode the steel over time allowing the brake lines to weaken. Once brake lines become damaged, moisture has the ability to get into the braking system. This can limit your brakes overall effectiveness or cause them to fail completely! Safety is of the utmost importance. Here at Ferber’s Tire and Auto. Your brake lines are examined annually as part of the Virginia State Inspection. You can never be too safe. If your brakes feel off, or you want to get them ch ... read more