Critical Laws of Buying Lift Kits and Other Auto Parts

Factors That Affect How Long Brakes Will Squeal

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Factors That Affect How Long Brakes Will Squeal

Some newly installed wholesale brakes will make some noise each time you step on the brake pedal. That noise gradually reduces until it stops being emitted. However, some vehicles emit brake noises from the rear brakes for a long time. This article discusses some of the reasons why the rear brakes of your car may keep emitting a squealing noise. Presence of Brake Bias Valves Some newer cars are fitted with an automatic brake bias valve. This valve limits the amount of brake fluid that is directed to the rear tyres when the car is lightly loaded (with one or two people, for example). When the vehicle is fully loaded, the valve releases more brake fluid to the rear tyres. This enables those rear brakes to exert a stronger braking force. Thus, lightly loaded vehicles are likely to experience longer squealing times. This is because the brakes take longer to exert their full braking force on the tyres. That longer duration means that the new brakes will not be broken in quickly. The brake bias valve can be adjusted in order to reduce the squealing. The Condition of the Rotor The condition of the brake rotor may also affect how long you hear the squealing in your new brakes. For instance, a rotor that has developed a defect, such as embedded mud that alters its thickness, will squeal for a longer time than a rotor that is perfectly flat. The brake rotor needs to be inspected in case the brake keeps squealing for a longer time than it usually does once you replace worn brake pads. An appropriate remedy can be implemented, such as replacing a worn rotor or washing off caked mud. The Location of the Handbrake Shoe Some vehicles are designed in such a way that the handbrake shoe is installed on the rear brake rotors. Such vehicles may have hollow brake drum bores. That hollow bore resonates as the brakes are applied. That resonance can make the brake noise to be much louder than it would have been if there were no hollow. The rotor sections in such vehicles may also be thin in order to leave space for the handbrake shoe. Those thin sections may also amplify any brake noise that is present in the rear wheels. The solution to this problem may involve contacting the carmaker for advice on what spares are available to combat that problem. Aftermarket parts may also address that brake noise. As you can see, the noise that you hear in the rear brakes may originate from other car parts connected to the brakes. It is therefore advisable for you to contact a brakes expert so that an appropriate solution for the problem is...

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Troubleshooting Some Common Problems With a Trailer

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting Some Common Problems With a Trailer

Having a trailer you use for hauling some tools and equipment can be a good choice as it means being able to keep your car’s or truck’s interior from getting damaged, and also means room to spread out those tools as needed. You might also need a trailer for moving horses or even a boat. As handy as they are, trailers can fail at times because parts need repair or replacing. Note a few troubleshooting tips so you can know where to start looking when it comes to the parts on your trailer that may need work. 1. Brakes work on some wheels If it seems that the trailer swerves when you brake or it doesn’t stop as it should on one side, you may have air in the fluid lines on just one side of the trailer. The lines can usually be bled so that fluid flows freely. The brake line might also simply be kinked; this is not unusual for trailers if the brake lines are exposed, as they might get damaged from going over bumpy roads. In addition to being kinked, there could be a leak in that one brake line that doesn’t allow fluid to that side of the trailer. Check these lines carefully for needed repairs. 2. Swaying and swerving In some cases, your trailer might sway and swerve because the tires are out of alignment. The trailer is struggling to stay straight when the tires are misaligned, so it swerves to one side or the other, especially when you turn or brake. Check the tires and note if you see uneven tread and wear on them, as this too is a sign of misalignment. As with your car or truck, you need to have the tires on a trailer aligned when you put on a new tire and regularly as recommended by the manufacturer. If an alignment doesn’t fix the problem, it may be that an axle on the trailer is bent or out of shape so the trailer cannot drive straight. 3. Brake light out on one side If the brake light on one side is out, this usually means a wiring problem and not that the lights themselves need replacing. The wires may very well be corroded or frayed, or not properly grounded. If you’re not familiar with electrical wiring, it’s good to have a professional check the socket to which wires are attached to note if they’re properly connected or to see if one is not delivering power to the lights as it...

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3 Things You Need to Know About 4WD Lift Kits

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Need to Know About 4WD Lift Kits

Lift kits can be either suspension lift kits or body lift kits. This article discusses some key pieces of information that you need to know if you want to install any lift kit on your vehicle. Use this information to make an informed decision on which type of lift kit is suitable for your needs. Know How the Kit Will Affect Ground Clearance Body lift kits (kits that rely on spacers and other devices to lift the body from the suspension system of the vehicle) usually have no effect on the ground clearance of vehicles unless bigger tyres are installed on that car. The bigger tyres increase the ground clearance minimally, so you have to be careful when driving over rocks and other obstacles. Suspension lift kits (kits that increase the distance between the suspension system and the ground) increase the ground clearance of vehicles. They are usually available in different specifications in order to meet the ground clearance needs of different car owners. You should therefore select the type of lift kit that will deliver the ground clearance that you wish to have on your vehicle. Prepare to Take Your Vehicle for Alignment The process of installing a lift kit and the bigger tyres may affect the alignment of your vehicle and put it out of balance. The tyres may start wearing unevenly, or the vehicle may keep moving towards the left or the right side of the road if you don’t keep turning the steering wheel to keep it moving straight. These outcomes can be avoided by having your vehicle realigned so that it performs the way it was performing before you had the lift kit installed. Be Prepared to Make Some Compromises The installation of a lift kit on a vehicle alters the vehicle from the specifications of the carmaker, such as the specifications of the size of tyres that the vehicle should have. Such a change will usually affect the vehicle in some way. For instance, the bigger tyres may rub against the body of the vehicle when you make sharp turns. Find out what compromises each lift kit calls for and choose a lift kit whose compromises will not hinder your intended use of that raised vehicle. For example, suspension lift kits may make the vehicle less stable on the road due to its raised center of gravity. Such a compromise may not be a big issue if you will not be driving the vehicle at high speeds on the highway. As the discussion above shows, there may be no good or bad lift kit. You just have to assess your needs so that you pick the lift kit that will address those specific needs. Consult professionals for help in case you are unable to pick the best 4WD lift kit for your...

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Tips for Optimising Your Car’s Diesel Engine Uptime

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Optimising Your Car’s Diesel Engine Uptime

Diesel engines are typically costlier to manufacture as compared to gas engines due to the greater level of reliability expected of them. Even though diesel engines often require less frequent repair service than their gas-powered counterparts, they cost more to fix when problems finally do occur. Therefore, it is important to provide the best care possible for a diesel engine so that the frequency of repairs can be kept at a minimum. In light of some commonly encountered issues, here’s what you can do to ensure your car’s diesel engine stays running reliably for as long as possible: Oil and fuel filter changes Car engine oil does the pivotal role of keeping the engine well-lubricated for the entire time it is running. Failure to change engine oil as recommended in the car owner’s manual can cause a diesel engine to age prematurely. Changing fuel filters is equally critical to ensure prolonged engine performance. For that reason, you should also replace dirty fuel filters as required by your car manufacturer to prevent condensation problems that may cause damage to the fuel injectors of your diesel engine.  Make sure the engine oil and fuel filters you use meet the standards recommended by the manufacturer of the car manufacturer. Cooling system Due to the high amount of heat produced by a diesel engine, it is essential to maintain a good cooling system. That is why your diesel engine car has a visual warning system (temperature gauge light) on the dash panel to inform you of an overheating engine. To ensure that the temperature gauge in your car is working properly, you will have to find and perform tests on the coolant temperature sensor. You can do this by reading and following instructions provided in your car’s service manual. Any time the light in this device blinks to warn of engine overheating, park your car on the roadside, shut off the engine, and allow it to cool by leaving the bonnet of your car open for a short time. Engine overheating is a problem that can be caused by more complex issues with the cooling system; thus, you should call in a professional mechanic to check out your cooling system to prevent frequent recurrence of the same problem. Gaskets Last but not least, inspect the gaskets on your car’s diesel engine on a regular basis owing to the extremely harsh conditions that they often work under when the engine is running; gaskets, especially those located in the combustion mountings are more prone to fast wear. If you spot a damaged gasket, replace the whole set; often, if a single gasket is faulty, the rest aren’t very far from needing replacement as well. For more information, contact L.K. Diesel Service or a similar...

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