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Written By: admin on February 14, 2010 No Comment

Everyone knows Visiting to a car repair shop can be a painful thing to your wallet.  The best way to prevent this costly repairs is by taking good maintenance steps that will keep your car in the best condition possible.  Here are 6 simple tips to get your started.

  1. Make sure you follow your maintenance schedule as outlined in your vehicle manual or owner's manual.  The best one is always follow the guidelines that your manufactured outlined in the manual.  Not only it will not void your warranty, you can also save save money in the long run.
  2. Upgrade your engine oil to a higher performance synthetic oil, which can help to prevent internal engine problems and can also improve your car's mileage and performance.
  3. Keep all tires properly inflated.  If you have 4 tires all the same size, make sure you rotate your tires often.  It can help your tire last long and also improve your car's mileage.
  4. Make sure your car's wheels are properly aligned.  It can prolong the life of your tires.  The best alignment deal I've used is the wheel alignment service offered by Firestone.  They offer life time wheel alignment service for only twice the amount of a single alignment charge, which means if you take your car for wheel alignment twice, and you could've make your money back.
  5. If you notice unusual noise from your car, check with your car's repair manual for troubleshooting steps to diagnose the problem.  You can save your trip to your auto shop by identifying the problem first.  Some problems can be minor and you can even do it yourself.
  6. Always take your car to reputable auto repair shop.  There are many reputable auto repair shop, you don't have to necessary bring your car to your dealer for service as they usually cost more than others.

These are just some simple tips that could help your car keep running longer smoothly and may also save some extra money from your wallet.

If you have any other tips, feel free to contribute.

Happy auto repairing.

Written By: admin on February 3, 2010 No Comment

Genrally, you can count on getting about 50k to 70k miles from you car's clutch if your car is manufactured between 1950s to 1970s.  The modern clutches now can last more than 80k miles if you drive the car gently and maintain them regularly.  If clutches are not maintained well, they usually won't last long than the expected duration.

The most common problem found when the clutch goes bad is slipping. This is a result due to the frictional plate started to wear out, and eventually it won't transmit any power from engine to the wheels.

Keep this in mind.  The clutch only wears while the clutch disc and the flywheel are spinning at different speeds.

Here's a Clutch Diagnostic Test
If you find that your clutch has failed, here is an at-home diagnostic test that anyone can perform:

    • Start your car, set the parking break, and put the car in neutral.
    • With your car idling, listen for a growling noise without pushing the clutch in. If you hear something, it's most likely a problem with the transmission. If you don't hear a noise, proceed to step three.
    • With the car still in neutral, begin to push the clutch and listen for noise. If you hear a chirping noise as you press, it's most likely the clutch release, or throw-out bearing. If you don't hear a noise, proceed to step four.
    • Push the clutch all the way to the floor. If you hear a squealing noise, it's probably the pilot bearing or bushing.

      If you don't hear any noise during these four steps, then your problem is probably not the clutch. If you hear the noise at idle and it goes away when the clutch is pressed, it may be an issue in the contact point between the fork and pivot ball.  Source: howstuffworks

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