Monthly Archives: July 2018

What are struts?

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 almost always in a coil shape. In turn, the shock absorber is fitted down the middle coil spring. It’s important to note that not all cars and trucks have struts. Different suspension designs will use separate springs and shock absorbers. It's important to have struts inspected annually to check for leaks or prevent long-term damage. Bring your vehicle to a trusted ASE certified mechanic for service

Why do I need transmission fluid?

Why do I need transmission fluid?

There are many fluids your vehicle needs to operate properly. Transmission fluid is one of the most important. The job of transmission fluid is to lubricate and cool down your transmission. Transmission fluid protects the gears of your transmission and protects them from grinding. Transmission failure is one of the most devastating issues that can plague your vehicle. When it comes to transmission fluid, it’s all about preventative maintenance. By the time you realize your fluid has gone bad, it’s usually too late. Over time debris will build up and make it hard for the fluid to do its job. Frequent stop and go driving and towing heavy loads make the debris break down and at an even faster rate. Transmission fluid is usually red but may be green or other distinguishing colors to be easily visible. Automatic and manual cars use different types of transmission fluids. Automatic transmission fluid is always used on automatic cars and is used for some modern manual vehicles ... read more

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