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Yearly Archives: 2021

What Can Cause Brake Pad Wear On One Side and Not The Other?

What Can Cause Brake Pad Wear On One Side and Not The Other?

Brake pads are a very important part to the way your vehicle operates. The brakes are the most important safety aspect of any vehicle and you use them every time you drive. The brake pads are going to wear down, no matter how well you drive your vehicle. But if one set of pads wears down on one side of the vehicle before they wear on the other side, it can be a maintenance annoyance. It can also be a danger that could compromise the way your vehicle is able to stop. So what causes those brake pads to wear on one side more than on the other side? Here are a few causes: Brake Caliper Issues The caliper pushes the brake pads against the rotors and stops the vehicle. When they get stuck, the brake pad can stay against the rotors longer and wear down faster on that side. Rotor Surfaces Sometimes, the brake rotors can have uneven wear to them, which can be caused by a lot of different things. When those rotors have varied surfaces, they can wear down th ... read more

How Often Should I Change My Engine Air Filter?

How Often Should I Change My Engine Air Filter?

Your car's owner manual will give you the manufacturer's recommendation on how often to change the air filter. The most recommended frequency is every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. However, certain factors can affect the life of the air filter. If you drive often on dirt roads or in areas of heavy traffic, the filter will not last as long. In addition, if the motor is supercharged, you should change the filter more often. SIGNS THAT YOUR AIR FILTER MAY NEED TO BE CHANGED There are several clues to look for that would indicate you need a new air filter. Acceleration may be slower. This usually happens slowly, so you may not notice it right away. The car may be sluggish when starting. This is probably due to the air filter being clogged and allowing buildup on the spark plugs. You may notice black smoke coming from the exhaust pipe. You may notice the smell of gas when you start the vehicle. On inspection, the filter will be gray instead of the white or off-white of a new filte ... read more

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