Yearly Archives: 2018

How do I know when my car battery is dead?

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 it’s important to get replaced as soon as possible! Stop by Ferber’s Tire and Auto to get your battery tested today

What's the purpose of power steering fluid?

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 manage the wheel. It would be best to have your power steering fluid checked at every oil change and replaced every 60,000 miles. Over time seals, O-rings, and internal components wear out and will pollute your fluid. To replace your fluid, it’s best to find a trustworthy ASE certified mechanic to get a power steering flush to replenish your fluid completely

Why is my car shaking?

Why is my car shaking?

Over time you begin to notice your vehicle shake while driving. What’s the cause of this? To determine WHY your car is shaking you need to look at WHEN your car is shaking. If you only feel a vibration when you’re braking, that’s an indicator that it may be time to replace your pads or rotors. A shaking steering wheel is a good indicator that your brake rotors have warped and it may be time for a replacement. Occasionally your brake caliper can stick. The stick becomes more noticeable at higher speeds and can be accompanied by a burning smell. A shaking steering wheel doesn’t always mean that it’s a brake issue. Struts, ball joints, bearings, and tie rods can all be responsible for steering wheel shake. Your tires and wheels are another issue that can be responsible for vehicle vibration. The wheels your tires are mounted on can be unbalanced, bent, or damaged. Tires that are worn, bald, old, or dry is a common cause of road vibration. Depending on the s ... read more

Why does my car pull?

Why does my car pull?

When driving the last thing you want is to do is have to hold your steering wheel in place because your car pulls to the right or left. Not only is this frustrating, it's dangerous. What’s the cause of this? Like most auto problems, this can be from a variety of issues. An alignment may appear to be the most common fix, but that’s not always the case. Alignments keep your tires even with one another and the ground. A misaligned wheel can cause your vehicle to pull. If your vehicle goes between pulling to the left and the right then most likely a misaligned vehicle isn’t the issue. Another common reason for vehicle pull is uneven air pressure in your tires. If the pressure on one side of the vehicle is over or under inflated, this can cause your vehicle to pull to the right or left. Abnormal tire wear is a result of a misaligned vehicle. This difference is what causes the pull. It's important to keep in mind when and where your car pulls. Does it pull when br ... read more

Why are my headlights foggy?

Why are my headlights foggy?

Unlike a nail in a flat tire, many vehicle issues build up over time. Headlight issues often go neglected because it doesn’t come with a horrible noise or an obvious performance flaw. One day you’re driving at night and you realize your headlights look dimmer than usual. You then realize just how foggy and yellow your headlights have become over time. So what causes this? An important factor to always keep in mind are the weather conditions. Most modern cars are made with polycarbonate plastics instead of only glass. These are covered with a clear coat to protect the lights. Once the polycarbonate is exposed to air the UV rays begin to cloud the lenses. Dirt, water, and other chemicals can gather on your headlights to eventually limit your vision. It’s most important to note that headlight failure can be a variety of different issues. It can be a bad headlight switch or a ground connection that needs cleaning. You may have to replace the bulb entirely. Like most au ... read more