Can I fix a broken Exhaust Pipe? Yes, sometimes the Exhaust Pipe can be welded in the areas that are rusting out. Access how much rust is on the Exhaust Pipe, sometimes you can weld the area. The welds joining the pipes to mufflers are done with a mild steel welding wire, they are not resistant to corrosion. We all know that here in the Midwest, and other snow areas, salt is used to melt the ice, the salt corrodes your Vehicles faster then in a drier area. Have you ever driven next to a Vehicle that is extremely loud in the Engine area? It is louder from a cold start or acieration. The performance of your engine is affected with a broken or rusty Exhaust. when you step on the gas you don’t accelerate as fast or have the same power. You may also notice more fuel usage. Also, you may also notice a burning smell coming from the Engine. The heat comes up thru the broken areas in the Exhaust Pipe and since Gaskets and other parts are plastic you will smell t ... read more
What is the use of a Wiper Motor? The Windshield Wiper Motor is behind the cars firewall so you don’t usually see it. Here are some signs that the Wiper Motor is going out or is bad. Wiper systems today allow your Wipers to move at different speeds. When your turn the Wipers on they only operate on one speed. You might double check the Wipers, with the weather changing, leaves, dirt and debris may have gotten into the system and need cleaning out. You’ve noticed the Wipers moving slower and slower, the Motor may be going out. Don’t wait until the Wiper Blades stop completely, that could be very dangerous, especially in this wet climate. One other sign the Wiper Motor may be failing is that the Wiper Blades no longer “park” in the right position. If you are experiencing any of the above problem don’t hesitate to call and set up an appointment to get your Wiper Blades and Wiper Motor checked out. From preventive maintenance to major repairs, Ric ... read more
How long can you drive on a noisy Wheel Bearing? That’s a hard question to answer, the average life of Wheel Bearings is about 5- 10 years or about 100,000 miles. When the Bearings go bad they affect other areas of your Vehicle. For example, the wear on your Tires may be uneven and need to be replaced sooner then later. Also, the ride can become pretty rough and bumpy. That can compromise yours and others on the road. Ignoring the grinding, or rumbling sounds, (Wheel Bearing Sound) or the clicking that can occur during acceleration. Are you noticing a vibrating or loose Steering Wheel? You might also experience a pulling when applying the Brakes. Which can cause uneven Rotor and Brake Pad wear, so ignoring the noise can cost you a lot more.