Auto Repair: Brake Failure

March 28, 2008

There is no disputing the importance of your car’s brakes. Driving around with busted brakes would likely cause an unwanted accident. But conversely, without the right intake system, your car would also become immovable—no accident, but also no movement.

Keep in mind that your car’s brakes are not supposed to be played around with. If you experience difficulties braking, you have a soft pedal or you hear grinding sounds when you step on the pedal, then it’s time to troubleshoot to see if your car has a braking problem. If there is a problem then you have to repair your brakes immediately.

To help guide you in troubleshooting, we’re providing you with some of the basic braking problems connected with low brake pedals.

If every time you step on the brake pedal it seems as if the brake pedal has to go too far down before your car starts slowing down then the following could be the reasons behind your low brake pedal:

  • You may have Low Brake Fluid Levels.

Check if you need to add brake fluid to your vehicle by looking at the brake fluid reservoir. The markings located on the side of the reservoir will indicate whether or not you need to add brake fluid. Keep a wash rag handy to clean off all the grime on the reservoir for you to see the lines clearly.

If you do need to add brake fluid to your car, remember to add the brake fluid slowly and never to shake the bottle of brake fluid before adding it to the reservoir. The tiny bubbles caused by the shaking will most definitely cause big automobile problems.

  • Your Brake Pads May Be Worn and In Need of Replacing

Your brakes should never be worn so low that the pedals would screech with the pressure you exert on your brake pads. If they are too low, then you need to fix this problem by looking for replacement car parts as soon as possible. If you’re looking for great deals with low prices, check out Discount Auto Parts.

Troubleshooting can prevent this problem.

  • Your Brake Fluid is Contaminated

Although your brake fluid is closed off inside its reservoir, it’s still possible for contaminants to work their way inside the closed system. Water can end up in your brake fluid system due to condensation, and air can make its way in through the smallest and finest of holes. It’s quite difficult to check for this problem, but it never hurts to bleed your brakes and take out all the contaminants by replacing the brake fluid.

  • Lastly, your car might have a Malfunctioning Brake Booster or Brake Power Boost Unit

If you have a bad brake booster then it automatically follows that you’ll have problems with your brake pedal as well. A low brake pedal is usually a telltale sign that your brake power boost unit has gone bad. Most of today’s brake boosters are vacuum controlled. To check your brake booster you may need a vacuum measurement gadget that will be connected to the brake booster.

After checking, if you find that your brake booster is broken then you need to replace it.

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Although troubleshooting your brake pedals may seem like a complete and utter chore, it’s always better to spot the problem immediately as opposed to getting into an accident because you refused to check your car’s brakes.


Tightening a Loose Fan Belt

March 8, 2008

One of the parts that must be maintained regularly is a car’s fan belt. This car part is usually located at the very front of the engine compartment, between the radiator and the engine block. The fan belt, or more traditionally known as the drive belt, is made of reinforced, high-tensile strength cords and synthetic rubber designed to handle the pressure of running at high RPMs. Its main function is to provide power to the car accessories mounted to the engine such as the power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, mechanical cooling fan and air injection pump.

You’ll notice your fan belt loosening when the car is losing power while you’re using it. Another sign is the radio or the lights begin to dim or don’t function well. You may notice that driving the car starts to get rough and even though you step on the accelerator completely, the car will only push for 30 to 40 miles per hour. These are just some of the signs your car’s fan belt is loosening. If you find your fan belt is already faulty, you can check for a replacement fan belt at Discount Auto Parts.

Here are some easy steps to tighten your loose fan belt:

1. Check first your owner’s manual for any information about your car’s fan belt.

2. Organize your tools, which consist of a wrench, screwdriver, heavy-duty scissors and a cloth to remove loose grit.

3. Think of the best way to hold the belt in its place firmly while you remove the nut with the use of a wrench. A good suggestion would be inserting a screwdriver between the holes of the pulley but not against the fan belt itself. Carefully set aside the nut after you remove it.

4. Take the cloth and use it to remove any excess grit, dirt and debris from the fan belt and the belt assembly.

5. Inspect the belt for any signs of wear, cracks, breaks, irregularities or damage. If you do see any sign of permanent damage, you can purchase a new fan belt.

6. Locate the shims, small black rings along the belt assembly, and remove one by using a pair of heavy-duty scissors.

7. After removing a single shim, check the tautness and the distance of each shim from each other.

8. Replace the nut on the adjusting bolt and tighten it.

9. Start the engine and allow it to run for a few minutes and then turn it off again. This step determines the performance of the belt after tightening it.

10. Recheck the belt’s tightness.

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If you still have any problems or concerns about your fan belt, you can bring your car to your local garage or check out a new fan belt at different auto stores.heck the belt’he performance of the belt after tightening it.

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How to Recharge a Dead Battery

March 8, 2008

A car’s batteries were designed to last a minimum of five years. If your car’s battery lasted longer than that, then it only means you’re taking good care of your car. There are a number of factors which could affect the battery’s life. Some of the main causes may be:

1. Poor maintenance

2. Faulty car parts which demand more from the battery

3. The deterioration of battery cables and posts which could lead to battery damage

4. The use of additional parts that makes use of the electricity generated by the battery

5. Leaving the car running idly for long periods of time

6. Severe cold

7. Bad habits such as leaving the radio or the lights on unnecessarily

If your battery lasted shorter than five years, some of the reason above may have affected the lifespan of your vehicle. A dead battery has no hopes of being used again while a battery without enough power to start the engine is another thing. If your battery falls under the latter, there is still hope that you can resurrect your battery. If you’re battery is as dead as the Sahara dessert, you should take the time to replace your battery with a new one. Also, check the battery tray. Here’s a good replacement battery tray for you.

To determine if your battery still has some hope to be used again, simply recharge it through normal vehicle operation. If you find yourself having to jump the battery again and again, it only means you have to buy a new battery. You can do so by looking for a replacement battery.

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Here are some steps to help you in jumpstarting your car’s battery. A second fully-functioning vehicle is needed to make this procedure a successful one, along with a set of jumper cables. Always remember that there is a danger in doing this procedure so extreme caution must be taken:

1. Before charging the car, open the hood and inspect the battery for any signs of damage.

2. Check all the cables attached to the battery are secure and free of any signs of corrosion. If there are any loose cables tighten them. If your battery cables show signs of corrosion, loosen the clamps and clean the cables with a stiff-bristled brush.

3. Position the vehicle to be jumpstarted next to the second vehicle. Make sure the cables are close enough to connect the two vehicles together.

4. Shut off the vehicle being used to jumpstart your battery.

5. Open the hoods of the two vehicles.

6. Identify which are the positive and negative terminals on each battery.

7. One end of the red jumper cable should be attached to a positive terminal of one car while the other end should also be attached to the positive terminal of the other car.

8. Take the one end of the black jumper cable and attach it to the battery’s negative terminal. The other end of the lack jumper cable should be attached to the negative terminal of the other car’s battery. At this point, sparks will emit from the battery but fear not because this is normal.

9. Turn the engine of the charger vehicle and rev it.

10. After revving the charger vehicle for a few minutes, start the car that’s being charged. If the engine would not start, adjust the cables and make sure they are attached firmly.

11. Once the car being charged starts, it should be kept running for at least 20 to 30 minutes for the alternator to have enough time to recharge the battery.

12. After charging the failed battery for at least 20 to 30 minutes, turn off the engine.

13. Remove the jumper cables in reverse order from which you first attached them.

14. Remove the black jumper from the negative terminal of the charger vehicle.

15. Remove the black charger from the battery that was charged.

16. Remove the red jumper cable from the positive terminal on the charger vehicle.

17. Remove the other end of the red jumper cable from the positive terminal of the battery that was charged.

18. Return all cables to their designated places and organize the jumper cables used.

The process itself is tedious and extreme caution must be used to handle the operation. If you have any protective gear such as gloves and glasses, it is highly recommended that you use them. Of course, a jumpstarted battery does not last very long and the purchase of a car battery is advisable.


Top 10 Common Problems: How to Fix a Soft Tire

March 7, 2008

One of the consistent causes of worry for drivers is the condition of their tires. After using the car on a regular basis, the tires have a tendency to lose air which results into a soft tire. Under extreme situations, the tires may eventually deteriorate further which will lead into a flat tire. The continued use of a soft tire may endanger the driver and the car itself. The driver can also check replacement tires from various online stores to fix the problem permanently.

For Soft Tires:

1. Fill the soft tire with much-needed air to return the tire’s condition to normal.

2. Inspect carefully the tire for any signs of puncture or other damage.

3. If you see any shards of glass or any sharp object that embedded in the tire, it must be removed immediately.

4. Once the first step has been accomplished, you have to check the tire regularly to see if it will soften after a short period of time.

5. If the tire softens up after a short amount of time, feel your hand on the tire to determine the exact location of where the air is escaping.

6. Once the location of the puncture has been located, a flat-fixing solution can be used on the tire until it can be bought to a local garage where it can be fixed.

7. You can also get the best tires here at Discount Auto Parts.

Traveling in excess speeds might be risky as the fixed tire may be sensitively prone to damage. When this occurs, pull over and check the tightness of the lug nuts or the condition of your tires. You can also check out new tires to replace your old one from any truck accessories store. Be sure to drive safe and be attentive to the road in order to avoid anything harmful to you and your vehicle.