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Monthly Archives: July 2020

What are the Signs of Bad Ball Joints?

What are the Signs of Bad Ball Joints?

The ball joints are the components within the suspension system that act as the main pivot point for the control arms and the steering knuckles. They are designed similar to what you would think of when thinking of a joint in your body - there is a spherical bearing within a socket that moves around easily so that you can control your wheels properly.  The front ball joints are responsible for allowing the front wheels and suspension to move when you turn your steering wheel. If your ball joints are failing, you will begin to notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Clunking noises coming from the front suspension when turning, driving on rough roads, or driving over speed bumps. This is usually a sign that the ball joints are loose.    Excessive vibrations while on the road, which signifies that your ball joints are worn and are vibrating in their sockets. You may feel vibrating in the steering wheel as well.    Steering wanders to the left or ... read more

How Can I Keep My Vehicle Maintained During the Summer?

How Can I Keep My Vehicle Maintained During the Summer?

The summer season is the perfect time of the year to take a road trip or spend a day at your favorite place. With the increase in the use of our vehicles, understanding how we can best maintain our cars throughout the season is important. The summer months can take a toll on our vehicles, both due to the weather and the increase in use. When fall comes around, you want to be able to still have a reliable vehicle. This is why taking good care of your car during the summer can go along way, and save you money on repairs and services in a few months.  So, what are some of the ways that you can help keep your vehicle well-maintained throughout the summer? Here are some of our top summer car maintenance tips and how they can help you keep your car reliable:  Park in shaded areas or out of the sun when possible. Parking under the sun for extended periods of time can cause paint fade and a super hot interior. Parking in the shade is the best way to protect both the exterior and in ... read more