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12 Days of Repairs

We're singing the tunes to "The 12 Days of Christmas" to wrap up your vehicle with everything it needs this season. Check out these cool video shots that are color-coded: green = good, yellow = caution and red = safety warning!

2 WIPERS BLADES

Windshield wipers eventually become worn, with the fine rubber edge of the blade developing tiny imperfections. As a result, the blades are unable to completely clear water from the windshield, and leave visibility reducing streaks. CHECK IT OUT

 

 


3 BALD TIRES

Tires gradually wear down as a result of normal driving. Wear happens faster during extreme acceleration, cornering and braking, or when tire inflation pressures are incorrect. CHECK IT OUT

 

 


4 LOOSE STRUTS

The springs, and struts or shock absorbers, absorb bumps in the road, and keep the body of the vehicle stable under braking and acceleration. Worn out shocks or struts will feel loose and the vehicle will become hard to control. The vehicle may also start to tilt to one side when you round a turn. CHECK IT OUT

 

 


5 QUARTS OF OIL

Engine oil lubricates and cools the moving components of your engine. Over time, engine oil breaks down and wears out. When it does, it becomes less effective at lubricating the engine and absorbing heat. CHECK IT OUT

 

 


6 HOSES LEAKING

When the outer layer of a brake hose cracks, moisture can enter - allowing rust to develop on the steel braid. With a weakened steel braid, it is possible for the inner hose to expand like a balloon when the brakes are applied, leading to a potential rupture and the loss of brake fluid, and therefore stopping power. Once ruptured, the brake system will not be able to build up sufficient pressure to stop the vehicle. CHECK IT OUT

 


7 BELTS-A WEARING

Recent technology improvements in belt construction mean that belts do not develop cracks, even when they are worn. This makes it difficult to determine when a belt should be replaced, however technicians can use a measurement tool to check the width of the grooves in the belt. CHECK IT OUT

 

 


8 ENGINES STALLING

A proper oil level is extremely important to keeping an engine running properly for a long time. Low engine oil levels will cause damage to the engine and could cause it to fail prematurely. CHECK IT OUT

 

 


9 FILTHY FILTERS

Engine air filters prevent dust and abrasive particles from entering the engine. If sucked into the engine with the combustion air, these particles would increase the rate of internal engine wear, reduce oil life and increase problematic deposits on valves and spark plugs. CHECK IT OUT

 

 


10 BRAKES A-SQUEAKING

The friction between the brake pad and the disc brake can result in the rotor becoming worn over time. When grooves develop in the rotor, brakes become much more likely to squeal when they are applied.  CHECK IT OUT

 

 


11 HEADLIGHTS FADING

Over time, headlight lenses become cloudy and pitted, and instead of allowing light to pass through, light is absorbed by the lens. This decreases overall visibility at night. A headlight restoration sCHECK IT OUT

 

 


12 AXLES HUMMING

The axle bearing is located at the end of the axle tube and is lubricated by rear differential fluid. When the bearing has worn out, a growling noise is produced usually increasing with speed. CHECK IT OUT