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Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts

Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts

There are key components in a car that are needed to be in good condition for it to move effectively. These work hand in hand, a car can have an engine in mint condition but if the exterior is not well taken care of the vehicle is considered unroadworthy. Having regular check-ups on your vehicle is required to make sure every part of your vehicle is in good condition to avoid malfunctions and ensure the mobility of the vehicle. Some of these sections of the car that need to be in good condition are shocks and struts. Shocks and struts are parts of a car suspension system and are used in cars individually or combined. They stabilize the vehicle and keep the tires in contact with the ground surface as the vehicle moves. They provide control when you accelerate, turn or brake on the smooth or uneven road surfaces. Shocks are hydraulic components that aid in minimizing movement generated by vehicles moving on uneven surfaces using springs. These springs normally absorb jolts and shove b ... read more

What Does My Tire Tread Pattern Mean?

What Does My Tire Tread Pattern Mean?

Changing worn tires frequently can be very expensive. Many drivers are not aware that you can avoid a lot of tire tread wear with regular tire inspection, maintenance and by being mindful when driving. Driving with worn-out tread on your tires is dangerous as it can cause some very preventable accidents occurring such as hydroplaning, sudden blowouts, crashing due to increased braking distance or spinning out on the ice. Learn about the different types of tire tread wear and ways in which you can avoid them to make your tires last a bit longer. Side Wear If your tread is worn on the sides but not down the center, this usually points to your tires being under-inflated consistently. If not an inflation issue, then it may be that your car is out of alignment or your steering arm might be bent. Middle Wear If you notice only tread wear down the center of your tires, this is a red light that you have been over-inflating them. When overinflated, the middle part bulges out and is the ma ... read more

When Should I Replace My Brake Pads?

When Should I Replace My Brake Pads?

Brake pads are car parts that need to be replaced constantly over the course of your vehicle's life. There are certain measures you can take to avoid the extra cost of prematurely wearing them down. Understanding what causes brake pads to wear down, why it is important to inspect them, and how often to can save you time and money in the long run. Read on to learn more about brake pads.   What Causes Brake Pads to Wear Out? Driving habits - Harsh driving and braking can make your brake pads wear down quicker. If you want them to last longer, go easy on the gas and brake pedals. Driving conditions - You might not be able to help with this one, but city driving requires more stop-and-go traffic. Therefore, your brakes are going to be constantly working. Driving on flat highways without frequent stops is the easiest way to preserve your brakes. Material of brake pads - The toughness of your brakes has an impact ... read more

Car Sounds You Should Pay Attention To

Car Sounds You Should Pay Attention To

After months of years of driving your vehicle, you usually get familiar with how it operates. Typically, your car should not make any alarming sounds whenever you drive. However, a pinging, squeaking, or even metallic clanking sound can throw off your driving. Hearing unfamiliar noises can be stressful, especially when you are unsure if the sound could mean a big problem or not.   As soon as you notice an unusual sound, it's essential to make a mental note of when the sound occurs, what it sounds like, and where it came from. With this valuable information, you can make it easier for our professional technicians to diagnose your vehicle problem.   When you bring your car, SUV, or truck to our shop, you can trust that it is in good hands while we pinpoint the issue. Here are some frequent car sounds that you may hear and the problem it may indicate Squealing, screeching, or grinding coming from the brakes Possible cause: worn brake pads, bad rotors, sticky calipers ... read more

What Can Cause Your Transmission to Break Down?

What Can Cause Your Transmission to Break Down?

The transmission system transfers the power generated from the engine to move the wheels. Additionally, it also has a role in regulating engine speed. Thus, an impaired transmission can prevent your car from moving at all. To protect the integrity of your transmission, you need to have it regularly inspected. The professional team at Snellville Auto Center can check your transmission at your service appointments. That way, we can catch problems early on to avoid necessary rebuilds or replacements.    What Are Common Transmission Problems? Leaking Transmission Fluid Transmission fluid is a reddish fluid designed to lubricate, cool, and protect the transmission's internal components. When there isn't enough fluid flowing through the system, it will undergo premature wear and tear. Please take your car to our trusted auto repair shop so that we can inspect your vehicle for leaks. Dirty Fluid Filter The transmission filter helps to keep the fluid clean. When it beco ... read more

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