Yearly Archives: 2018

What is a multimeter?

What is a multimeter?

A multimeter is a handheld device that tests voltage, resistance, and other energy measurements. The term “multimeter” comes from the tool’s ability to measure multiple things related to electricity. It’s an invaluable device for technicians that can help diagnose electrical faults in cars. When troubleshooting an issue, a multimeter can be your best friend. Multimeters are used to learn about electronic designs, test batteries, and even diagnose circuits. They are made in analog and digital varieties and use leads and ports to test a variety of objects. It’s important to keep in mind that multimeters aren’t a tool exclusive to the automotive field. Engineers, scientists, and electricians all put multimeters to use for a variety of jobs. With so many uses and benefits, it’s no surprise the multimeter has been adopted by so many professions. If you have an electrical issue with your vehicle, the multimeter should be of use, so call a trusted au ... read more

What's the difference between the upper and lower radiator hose?

The radiator hose is an essential part of your cooling system that manages the flow of coolant from your water pump to the heater. Your radiator hose is a rubber device that removes excess heat from the coolant before it goes back to your engine to repeat the cycle again. There are two types of radiator hoses, upper and lower. These parts aren’t interchangeable and come in different length and shapes. The upper radiator hose: Primarily a pressure hose Connects the engine to the radiator Where the hot coolant enters the radiator from the engine The lower radiator hose: Primarily a suction hose Contains a wound wire spring on the inside of the hose to prevent collapsing Connected to the bottom of the radiator and the pump of the engine. While both hoses transport coolant and made from synthetic rubber they have different roles within the cooling system. To ensure proper working condition, bring your vehicle to Ferber’s Tire and Auto for a coolant inspection

What causes my ball joints to go bad?

Ball joints play a crucial part in the suspension of any vehicle. Ball joints are a ball and socket configuration that allow your wheels to turn and move vertically as the road changes. A comfortable and smooth ride is impossible without ball joints. Your car's ball joints are what connect your wheel and tires with the rest of your vehicle. When debris and water can get into the socket, ball joints wear down much faster because of the lubricant's declining quality. To get the most life from your ball joints, it's crucial to keep them lubricated with grease and ensure the surrounding rubber boot's integrity is intact. No matter how much you try to preserve your ball joint, natural wear and tear are going to occur for some vehicles. This makes an eventual replacement inevitable. Ball joint failure can be catastrophic. If the wear becomes bad enough, the stud may separate from the housing. This can cause immediate loss of control of your vehicle! To avoid this nightmare ... read more

How important is my serpentine belt?

Your vehicle’s serpentine belt is located in the front of your engine and transports power to important automotive components. The name serpentine is derived from the snaking, long, and winding nature of the belt. The serpentine belt is responsible for efficiently running your power steering pump, alternator, air conditioning, and potentially your water pump. You can expect your serpentine belt to last from 50,000 to 100,000 miles. An aging belt wears over time and can eventually crack and fray. Worn belts can become shiny in appearance and have a glazed look. When the belt and pulley system begins to fail, you may hear a squealing sound from your belt slipping or a bad bearing from your pulley. If you believe you have any issues with your serpentine belt, bring your vehicle to an ASE certified automotive shop such as Ferber’s Tire and Auto for a replacement

How often should I replace my engine air filter?

How often should I replace my engine air filter?

It turns out we’re not the only ones who need fresh air to properly operate. The engine air filter traps the pollutants and debris to keep your engine's peak performance and dependability. Engine air filters should be replaced every 30,000 miles, about the same rate as you would replace your cabin air filter. They are usually located inside a sealed box in the engine bay to ensure the air entering your engine is free from contaminants. If you fail to replace your engine air filter you decrease your miles per gallon and put a strain on your engine component. Bring your vehicle to an ASE-certified automotive shop for a replacement