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How do I know if my Wheel Bearing needs replacing?

How do I know if my Wheel Bearing needs replacing?

How do I know if my Wheel Bearing needs replacing? Great question!!  Can you drive a car with a bad Wheel Bearing? It is not safe to drive with a bad Wheel Bearing. When you drive if one of the bearings are worn out it could cause the wheel to stop while driving. The Wheel of your Vehicle is not a simple part. For the Hub, Tire and assemblies to work well the Wheel Bearings are an integral part to the whole. The Wheel Bearing is a set of steel balls held in place by a metal ring. Which then fits into a Hub, fitting tightly inside, and ride on a metal Axle Shaft. The most common symptom is an audible one: you may hear a grinding or grating noise coming from your tire or wheel. The noise gets louder when you accelerate. The other symptom is a loose feeling r less responsive action from the steering. Another aspect with the Steering is that you may notice a pulling or veering to the right or left, not always the Wheel Bearing but a good possibility. Your Tires should be rotated regu ... read more

When to change your Windshield Wiper Blades?

When to change your Windshield Wiper Blades?

 When to change your Windshield Wipers Blades?  Windshield Wiper Blades are one of those products you don’t realize needs to be replaced until you are in a bad rainstorm and they make things worse. Here, at Ricks Auto Service, when you get your Oil changed we do a 50 point Inspection. Wiper Blades are part of that inspection. We will let you know how your Blades are. Changing them yourself is always a possibility. The recommended change is about every six months. Again with everything involved with your vehicle, it may also depend on your driving. If you drive in really rough terrain they may need to be changed sooner. If you also have very extreme heat and freezing weather that would be another factor to consider. You should change all three of your Wiper Blades(if you have a back Window Blade) at the same time. Another thing, is checking your Wiper Fluid at the same time. Having enough fluid is nice if you are driving where there are lots of bugs!  ... read more

What happens with bad Rotors

What happens with bad Rotors

When should Rotors be Replaced? Have you noticed a loud noise when braking? When brake the brake pads squeeze the rotor, thus stopping your vehicle. But when the Brake Pads are worn exposing metal it will grind down the Rotors. It may cause warping which when braking your vehicle may wiggle when braking. It is considered very dangerous when your Rotors get to this stage. Your braking becomes less effective. When your vehicle is in our shop we can to a free Brake assessment.  Here are some warning signals of bad brakes. As I said earlier noise when you brake. In the brake pads is a built-in metal tab, when the brakes wear to that point the noise, irritating isn’t it! You can still drive but it is best to have a Technician detect the source of the sound. Does the brake pedal feel different? You may notice that you have to press harder on the pedal. A Soft Pedal could be an indicator of worn pads and rotors. It could also be a problem with the ... read more

Can you drive with worn Brakes?

Can you drive with worn Brakes?

Can you drive with worn Brakes? There are a many components in the Braking System. The Brake Pads rub against the Brake Drums or Brake Rotors, if you hear a grinding or loud noise time to change the Pads. The Brake Rotors or Drums create the friction to stop your Vehicle. You are probably more familiar with the Brake Pedal which is activate by your foot. Starting the whole Braking process. The Pedal starts the Brake Fluid to flow and put pressure on the Brake Pads. The Master Cylinder, holds the Brake Fluid, and is also activated when you press the Brake Pedal. The Brake Pads are connected to the Wheel Cylinders and squeeze the Brake Drums when the fluid flows on them. Brake Lines carry the Brake Fluid from the Master Cylinder reservoir when the pressure on the Brake Pedal is applied. These are some of the Warning Signs – Please don’t ignore them: Your Brake Light comes on Squeal, Squeak or Grinding Noises Wobbling, Vibration or Scraping when you Brake Fluid is leaking ... read more

What is AC Dye?

What is AC Dye?

What is AC Dye? When there are leaks in the Air Conditioning (AC) it is hard to pinpoint the leak. The Dye is actually a Fluorescent dye. The Technician uses a Violet or UV Light, they can see where the dye is glowing and are able to detect the leak or leaks. The refrigerant circulates and in time washes the dye out.    From preventive maintenance to major repairs, Ricks Auto Service at 405 W. Jefferson Blvd. Call 574-255-4724, or visit online: https://www.ricksautoservice.org/appointments #Ricksautoservicein #RicksAutoService #mechanic #airconditioningrepair  

When should Brake Rotors be replaced?

When should Brake Rotors be replaced?

When should Brake Rotors be replaced?  Brake Rotors do not need changing as often as Brake Pads, but they do need to be changed. When Brakes are not working the way they should getting them fixed is a matter of Safety. Some signs of Warped Rotors: A Squeaking Noise when Brakes are applied. The Brake Pads when worn down can make the same noise. When applying the Brakes a vibration in the Brake Pedal and sometimes in the Steering Wheel. The Rotors themselves will have grooves, deep score marks. When you depress the Brakes it takes longer to stop. Sometimes it may even feel like you are pressing down harder on the Brakes and the Vehicle is not stopping as quick

Can a Car run with a Bad Alternator?

Can a Car run with a Bad Alternator?

Can a car run with a bad Alternator? Maybe, but it would be for a very short time. What the Alternator does is it charges the Battery. Once the energy in the Battery is gone, the car will die or won’t start at all. Symptoms of a bad Alternator:                                          Your lights are dim or overly bright. As your Alternator starts to fail the voltage to the Battery is very inconsistent. Dead Battery. Yes, sometimes the battery is just dead, the life of a Battery is about 4-6 years. If the Alternator is bad it intermittently will charge the Battery. If the Alternator is going out the Vehicles’ electronics will be slow or won’t work. If you notice you have trouble starting the car or it stalls frequently the Alternator is not charging the Battery. Turning the key to start the car you may hear a clicking sound instead of the Engine starting. Nois ... read more

How often do I need to change my Oil?

How often do I need to change my Oil?

Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance!!! Being aware of the total Health of your Vehicle is key to keeping you on the road with a well oiled Car! When you get an Oil Change at Ricks Auto Service here in Mishawaka, we also do a Health Assessment of your entire Vehicle. The Health Assessment is a 50 point check on your Vehicle. This allows us to partner with you in a long-term care of your vehicle. Our 36,000 mile 3-year warranty backs up our work and gives you peace of mind. If unsure how often your Oil should be changed check your Owners Book in the glove box, also if you do a lot of rough driving, considering changing it sooner. Keeping  your family safe on the road is number one in our shop. Just as the human body can not live without blood, the Oil is the lifeline to your Vehicle. Lubricating the Engine, while cooling your Engines’ moving parts. When  you don’t keep the Oil cleaned and do an Oil Flush, you allow sludge to build up. The longer you wait, the O ... read more

Is a bad U-Joint dangerous?

Is a bad U-Joint dangerous?

The U-Joint or Universal Joint connects the Driveshaft to the Differential. It is a cross shaped piece, with bearings at each end. It allows for varying angles of the Driveshaft. If you hear a clunking noise when shifting into drive or reverse or even a banking noise when putting in gear. You may also hear a squeaking noise which can happen when the U-Joint loses lubrication. Huge problem is when your Vehicle goes in gear but won’t move you will need to have your Vehicle towed. #UJoint #drivetrain #wontstart #ricksautoservicein #Mishawaka

What are the signs of a bad Flywheel?

What are the signs of a bad Flywheel?

What are the signs of a bad Flywheel? What is a Flywheel? The Flywheel bolts between the Transmission and the Engine. The Teeth were damaged, this Vehicle was a No-Starter and the Starter was damaged and was replaced.   As you can see from the picture the Flywheel is a thick metal Disk. The Flywheel is extremely firm and inflexible. Notice the row of Gear Teeth which engage with the Engines’ Starter Motor it helps with starting the Engine.  Once started the Crankshaft converts the up and down motion of the Pistons into Rotary motion. It is bolted to a Flange on the Transmission side of the Crankshaft. The Flywheel keeps your Engine running or else it will stall when you let your foot off the Accelerator. It is also weighted to the Car’s Crankshaft. It also reduces Drivetrain Stress with the other parts. Without the Flywheel your Vehicle would stall when you move the Vehicle from a standstill. The Teeth show damage.    Signs of a bad Flywheel: Gears ... read more

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