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When you should replace shocks

5 Ways to Tell if It’s Time to Replace Shocks and Struts Do you need to replace shocks and struts on your vehicle? How can you tell? Your car’s shock absorbers are designed to limit the amount of suspension movement by dampening spring oscillations. Struts similarly reinforce the the active components of the suspension to the same end, which means that struts and shocks are what keep you from hitting your head on the ceiling of the car every time you hit a bump and from vibrating while traveling down rough roads. Because of the interconnectedness of your car’s system, problems tend to be contagious. Here are several signs that your car might need shock and strut replacements. Noticing these signs right away can prevent further damage to your car. 1) Bumpy Rides Because the primary goal of struts and shocks is to prevent the amount of suspension movement, the most telling sign that you need to have them checked is if you are experiencing a bumpy rid ... read more

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How to check tire pressure

Inflating and maintaining proper tire pressure ensures safer, more comfortable driving and better fuel efficiency. Particularly in times of high gas prices; in inclement driving conditions such as heavy rain, snow, or ice; and in vehicles of all sizes, tire pressure can make a major difference in driving, wherever you are. Given the importance of the task, you might think it is complicated, but checking and maintaining your tire pressure is simple, provided you have a good tire air pressure gauge and source of air, both of which are available at many gas stations. Get a Gauge A simple tire air pressure gauge, available at most auto parts stores, for a few dollars, is adequate for the job. You do not necessarily need a digital air pressure gauge. If it is worth the $14 to $15 to you, a digital pressure gauge is easy to read and accurate. However, you should consider whether it will require batteries, and whether this would prevent you from using it. Again, a standard pressure gauge ... read more

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Bumpy Ride/Broken Spring

Bumpy Ride/Broken Spring

Automotive coil springs are one of the most central and dynamic components of a vehicle’s suspension system; constantly working to absorb shocks, keep the wheels in contact with the road and deal with uneven road surfaces. It is therefore no surprise that after many millions of cycles, even the best made springs will become tired and begin to sag; vehicle ride height will drop and may become uneven, and eventual breakage is likely. There are several reasons for spring failure, and most manufacturer's take various steps to combat these to ensure the longest possible service life. Corrosion – Corrosion is the most common cause of spring failure, as defects and chips in the layer of lacquer cannot be avoided. Without additional protection, the spring steel will begin to rust immediately, leading to creep corrosion under the lacquer which spreads rapidly, significantly increasing the risk of breakage. A corrosion attack at the transition end of the coils ... read more

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Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment

Let’s talk – Wheel Alignment by Ute Lindner Ever wondered about Wheel Alignment? Before becoming a part of The Auto Station team, I never even knew about wheel alignment. And when we got our Hunter Alignment machine I was curious what it did and why it an important service. Signs of Problems If you feel your vehicle pulling to one side when driving If your steering feels unstable or you feel a vibration If your tires are wearing unevenly or squeal on turns Uneven tire wear Fatigue while driving - keeping the car straight Increased fuel consumption How it works During a 4-wheel alignment a technician measures and corrects wheel angles so they're set to vehicle manufacturer specifications. Ensure proper placement of weight around all tires and rim assemblies Completely inspect steering and suspension systems Adjust wheel angles so they’re perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other Mai ... read more

Steering Response

Steering Response

Steering response One of the biggest differences you’ll see and feel between tires with high and low-performance ratings is the quickness of your steering response. You won’t have to turn your wheels as much when you have a tire with better traction because they can respond more accurately. Less tire flex also improves stability, allowing your vehicle to swerve and remain stay on the road. Active steering systems can help the driver to master critical driving situations, for example aquaplaning and split braking. In these situations it is likely that the tires reach their performance limits, where nonlinear effects like saturation play an important role. Tires are the part in vehicle dynamics afflicted with the highest degree of nonlinearity due to saturation-and uncertainty-due to weather conditions. Therefore, active steering systems have to be designed considering the uncertain and nonlinear tire characteristics which are determined by the road-tire-contact. This paper ... read more

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Tires