How To Diagnose Shock & Strut Problems In A Car.

Your car's suspension system is an intricate network of cooperating (usually, anyway) components designed to give you a smooth, even, stable ride. Since the suspension is ground zero when it comes to road abuse, the parts wear out, and even break. If your car doesn't seem to ride like it used to, you may have a problem down below.

Wheels seem to wander and wiggle rapidly back and forth.

Low or uneven tire pressure - check tire inflation.
One or more wheels out of balance - have wheels balanced.
Uneven or excessive tire wear - inspect tires and replace in pairs.
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Posted on May 2017,10   // Author: Admin  

Are some tires safer than others?

A lot of thought has gone into the latest automotive safety technology. Many people today wouldn't think of driving a car without things like electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and airbags.
Yet, one of the most important safety features on a car is something most people don't even consider a safety feature: the tires.

There are lots of different tires on the market today. You can get everything from racing slicks to mud and snow tires -- not to mention the all-season tires most new cars come with. When it comes to tire safety the safest tires are the ones that are well-matched to your vehicle and those that are... Read more

Posted on May 2017,09   // Author: Admin  

ThrowBack Thursday: Audi 100 C3 Review

The third generation Audi 100, launched in September 1982, had an aerodynamic look, achieving a drag coefficient of 0.30 for its smoothest base model. The increased aerodynamic efficiency resulted in better fuel economy. The design was in contrast from the boxy shape of the C2. Audi innovated flush windows on the C3, a key area for aerodynamic drag that has been adopted by virtually all manufacturers today. The aerodynamic body gave the 100 higher top speed than other cars of similar engine size. A new technology introduced in the C3 included the procon-ten safety system

Also called Hongqi Mingshi
Production: 1982 - 19991 (... Read more

Posted on May 2017,04   // Author: Admin  

Fuel Consumption - V6 or 4 Cylinder?

Do you buy the base four-cylinder, or upgrade to a V6? For most car-purchasing decisions, this is an important question to think through. And usually the trade-offs are simple: you can pay more for more power and less efficiency with the V6, or save money and gas with the four-potter. And with fuel prices staying volatile, four-cylinder engines are becoming all the more popular: for example, Hyundai’s new Sonata has been engineered to be four-cylinder only. But according to Consumer Reports, the differences between the V6 and the four-cylinder option aren’t always as clear as you might expect.
Interestingly, CR’s ... Read more

Posted on May 2017,03   // Author: Admin  

Symptoms of a bad/failing AC compressor.

The AC compressor is one of the most important, if not the most important, components of a vehicle’s air conditioning system. It is responsible for pressurizing the AC system and keeping the refrigerant flowing so that it can function properly. Because it functions in a continuous cycle on and off, it is subject to wear every time the AC is turned on. Usually, when a compressor begins to fail it will produce a few warning signs that alert the driver that it has a problem. The compressor is responsible for pressurizing and distributing the refrigerant, so if there is any problem with the compressor, the rest of the AC system will b... Read more

Posted on May 2017,02   // Author: Admin  

Signs of Automatic Transmission Problems

1. Transmission Fluid Color and Condition

Automatic transmissions use transmission fluid (or ATF) to operate the clutches and bands needed to change gears, not to mention cooling and lubricating the many parts of the transmission. But transmission fluid doesn’t last forever, which is why it’s crucial to check your car’s transmission fluid at least once a month. Checking the fluid of your transmission can tell you a lot about its condition as well as if it needs to be changed.
Dirty or burnt fluid are instances where your transmission is just begging for a fluid change. New transmission fluid is a transpare... Read more

Posted on May 2017,01   // Author: Admin  

ThrowBack Cars: Australian Toyota Corolla Seca Review.

The Corolla E90 was the sixth generation of cars sold by Toyota under the Corolla nameplate. In general, all models departed from the previous generation's boxy styling for a more contemporary look and improved aerodynamics.
In December 1988, Toyota formed a joint venture with Holden called UAAI to build and market the Toyota Corolla as the Holden Nova. This agreement paralleled two Corolla generations including both the E90 and E100 series.

Australian Market Chasis:
AE90 — Sedan, Hatchback (SE)
AE92 — Sedan, Hatchback, Seca (CS, CSX, Spirit, SE, SX)
AE93 — Hatchback, Seca (SX, GTi)
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Posted on April 2017,27   // Author: Admin  

How to tell when a fuel injector needs to be replaced.

Your car can face performance problems when the fuel injector is not working properly. The fuel injector is an electronically controlled valve. The fuel pump supplies it with pressurized fuel. The symptoms of a failed fuel injector are similar whether your car has an electronic or a constant fuel injection system.

Hard Start and Rough Idle
When the car does not start on the first try and the ignition has to be turned on repeatedly to get it started, that's when you know there is a problem in a fuel injector. Another symptom is when the car stalls, hesitates or sputters on start up.

Fuel Smell and Poor G... Read more

Posted on April 2017,26   // Author: Admin  

Causes of Car Engine Problems, Symptoms and Solution.

Engine problems and your options.

The engine is the heart of the automobile. When the heart has a problem, it shows on the body. Same applies to the engine in an automobile, the stability, and health of your automobile is important because of the day-to-day movement on the highway. You don't want to be a victim of the symptoms below.

Typical symptoms of engine problems.
Excessive smoke from tailpipe; excessive oil consumption; knocking or tapping sounds; low oil pressure; low compression; water mixing in oil; oil getting into the air cleaner and/or radiator.

Causes of car engine problems?
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Posted on April 2017,25   // Author: Admin  

Why Are My Brakes Squealing?


If you're lucky, the squealing (or squeaking) noise that your brakes make when you first drive your car in the morning, particularly after rain, is just surface rust being scraped off the rotors by the pads the first few times you apply the brake pedal, or the result of moisture and dirt that collects on the rotors, including from condensation caused by high humidity. If it goes away after a few brake applications, no worries.

If the noise persists most times or every time you apply the brakes or stays on continuously while you're driving, the cause is more serious — a... Read more

Posted on April 2017,25   // Author: Admin