Wheel bearings are very important to the performance of a car considering that they are what allows the wheels to be able to turn as the car progresses along its route. If the wheel bearings become defective, they should be replaced as soon as possible because wheel bearings that are not effective at allowing the wheels to turn could cause the wheels to lock as the car is going at full speed down the freeway, usually not a good time for that to happen.
One sign that wheel bearings need to be replaced is if a loud, high pitched mournful sound like the baleful calls of the nymphs mourning Adonis (that is, squeaking) is heard from the wheels which only grows progressively louder as the car increases its speed. This can negatively affect the performance of the car and make it less save to drive since the steering will become erratic as the wheels motion ceases to be uniform. The breaks will also not work as well decreasing the safety of the vehicle.
Automotive technicians recommend that the wheel bearings be check about every 20,000 to 30,000 miles. At C & L Automotive our team of technicians would be more than happy to service your vehicle if you think it is about time for a checkup or think the car is showing symptoms of them needing to be replaced.
While modern civilization still uses the car and the global economy continues to be sluggish, many drivers are trying to find ways to cut costs while maintaining good gas mileage. Here are some tips for accomplishing that goal.
Avoid Excessive Use of Brakes – Use your Brakes! That being said, using brakes excessively can increase the cost of driving because whenever the breaks are used to slow down temporarily, the gas pedal must be used to speed back up to the desired velocity. This means that more gas must be used since gas is used every time you step on the gas pedal.
One suggestion is to maintain a distance of approximately 100 meters from the car in front of you, this will require you to break less in order to adjust to the speed of the vehicle in front of you. It will also help you avoid re-ending them which is always nice.
Make sure your tires are fully inflated Semi-deflated tires will require more power from the engine to be turned in order to accelerate. This will result in more gas which will result in higher gas costs. For this reason it is important regularly check on your tire to reduce costs increase gas mileage.
Clean the Fuel Injector
It is important to clean the fuel injector at least every six months since, although the engine may still operate, it will do so at greatly reduced efficiency. Fuel injector cleaners just need to be used periodically to clean out any dirt or other contaminants and that should help increase your car’s efficiency and thus its mileage.
Get regular Oil Changes
Oil lubricates parts moving parts of the engine to reduce friction and thus engine heat. But over time, the oil becomes less effective as a lubricant since it breaks down chemically. This will cause the car to work less efficiently and produce more heat which will decrease the mileage possible for the car. Thus regularly changing the oil can help the car run better for a longer period of time thus saving money on future repairs and gas.
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The true power and glory of an automobile is thought to be its engine. But if the torque of the engine is not able to grace the drive wheels then it will all have been in vain. The device responsible for getting the engine torque to the drive wheels is the drive train. A rather mysterious device to non-auto-wizards.
The drivetrain, along with the torque converter help to transfer power from the engine to the wheels as the car accelerates. Once the car is in the appropriate gear, the power transfer will begin allowing the driver to use the car as a vehicle to roam the surface of the earth looking for lost one wonders, or just the grocery store.
Problems with the drivetrain tend to lead to more expensive problems if they are not addressed. Sometimes the required repairs are more expensive than the car itself. The Car Doctor would be more than happy to help you with any repairs to the drive train. Just bring it in, and we will take care of you.
It is probably time to check the drive train if you witness any of the following phenomena
- reddish fluid leaking from under your car
- transmission fluid that is a thick ooze and has a burnt odor
- Odd vibrations and noises during gear shifts
- Noises from beneath the car floor that sound like grinding or a whine.