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SUPER-HUMAN? NO, THAT’S THE WONDER OF POWER-STEERING

Pint-for-pint, the one or two quarts of power steering fluid required by your car is probably some of the least appreciated fluids under the hood. Considering what it does, and how much a motorist depends on it, we’re talking about the lifeblood of your steering system. Yet keeping it clean and doing its job doesn’t require all that much effort. Servicing it involves draining or flushing out your car’s old power-steering fluid and then adding fresh power steering fluid. Mike Bumbeck of Automedia.com explains that the power steering system brings together the strength and power of hydraulic pressure with the mechanical miracle of steering linkages. The power steering pump pressurizes the power steering hydraulic system. The power steering fluid runs through hoses and by way of valves, and plungers or pistons move the mechanics of the steering back and forth as you turn the wheel. Regardless of the vehicles set-up, the power steering system will fail if the pump cannot generate the pressure required to push the steering parts of the suspension back and forth. The fluid is the cheapest component of your power-steering system. Changing it can help to prolong the life of other, more expensive power-steering components such as the power-steering pump and the stratospherically expensive power-steering rack. The function of power-steering fluid is basic: it transmits hydraulic pressure to make steering easy while protecting and lubricating parts at the same time. These demands take their toll on the fluid and break it down, which can lead to inconsistent performance and expensive component failure. You should change the fluid as outlined in your owner’s manual but otherwise...

Benefits of a Rebuilt Engine

Here is a scenario for you. There is a strange “knocking” or pinging coming from the engine, or perhaps your check engine light is flashing, or oil pressure has just suddenly dropped. You have taken it to your mechanic and he has told you that you need to replace the engine. What do you do? Your first reaction may be “how am I going to afford to buy another car?”  Your vehicle engine is comprised of a number of moving parts that are subjected to incredible temperatures and pressures on a daily basis, which, not surprisingly after 100,000 miles or more (hopefully) can show signs of wear and tear even if properly maintained, if your vehicle is not regularly maintained or overheats excessively this timeframe can be significantly shortened.  When faced with major engine repairs you have a few options:  1. Trade the vehicle. Your trade-in (current vehicle) value is reduced because of the damaged engine. If trading for a used vehicle with a used engine you could be purchasing one with “unknown and potentially costly” maintenance issues. Also, new vehicles are expensive.  2. Patch job. Depending on the type of engine damage, you could consider fixing the specific problem. But, this is usually expensive and there are no guarantees that another engine-related failure won’t occur.  3. Used/Junkyard engine. You could swap your engine for a used engine from another vehicle. The downside is that you don’t know the history of the used engine. Although “used/junkyard” engines may be warranted, the labor to replace one with potential problems can escalate the engine repair bill.  4. Factory Remanufactured. These engines...

KEEP THOSE WHEELS SPINNING

First a Happy 4th of July to everyone, and I hope you are all keeping cool out there and enjoying the holiday and maybe even a 4 day weekend. It is the perfect opportunity for those with boats, RV’s, travel trailers etc. to get and enjoy the “warm” weather. A quick question though. When was the last time you had your trailer inspected and wheel bearings checked/serviced? If you do not remember now is a good time. In general, wheel bearings in your car should be checked about every 24,000 miles or 24 months, but you should be inspecting and lubricating your trailer tires at least once a year, especially if it is a boat trailer. Every wheel on every vehicle or trailer spins thanks to smaller wheel bearings. They allow the wheels to spin with minimal friction and they support the vehicles weight. While, all wheels have them, not all of them are serviceable: some are sealed while others are pressed onto the axle-shaft or integrated into the hub assembly. However, many front axles and most trailer axles have removable bearings that must be kept lubricated as part of normal maintenance. Boat trailers are especially susceptible to premature bearing death because the axles are normally submerged while unloading and loading the boat. Most bearings are engineered to last over 100,000 miles, however constant load can take a toll and if a seal is damaged all bets are off.  If a wheel bearing fails prematurely, it is usually a result of maladjustment, contamination or loss of grease. The weak link in the system so to speak is the seal. Once...
CARSON CITY, NV

1860 East William Street, Carson City, NV, USA

775.882.8888

GARDNERVILLE, NV

1539 U.S. 395, Minden, NV 89423, USA

775.782.2605

RENO, NV

2175 Market Street, Reno, NV 89502, USA

775.322.8100

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE

2614 Sussex Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA

530.544.9940

1181 S Taylor St, Fallon, NV 89406, USA

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