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WHAT DOES A WHEEL BEARING DO?

WHAT DOES A WHEEL BEARING DO?

A wheel bearing is an important part of your car’s driveline that connects the axle to the wheel and tire. As your car drives down the road, the wheel bearing allows your wheels to spin without friction. WHAT IS A WHEEL BEARING? A wheel bearing is held together by a metal ring and consists of metal balls that spin and allow the wheel on your car to spin as it should. A good wheel bearing keeps your wheel intact, a bad wheel bearing will allow your wheel to wobble. The wheel of your car connects to a hub, the hub connects to the axle and/or suspension. The wheel bearing is a metal sleeve with ball bearings on the inside that allows the wheel to connect to the hub, but still spin freely. CAN YOU DRIVE WITH A BAD WHEEL BEARING? Short term, maybe. Long term, no! A bad wheel bearing will result in loud noises and can cause dangerous driving conditions. If you sense that you have a bad wheel bearing, the best thing to do is to find a Good Mechanic ... read more

Why Does My Audi say Drain Oil?

Why Does My Audi say Drain Oil?

We have heard of this message occurring after an oil change, or at random times with various Audi models. A Drain Oil Light On could be happening for a number of reasons. Drain Oil Light On Causes If you have a problem with your oil level sensor, the car could be reading at inaccurate levels even if your oil level is where it should be. Secondly, if your Audi has either too much or too little oil, this could also be triggering the Please Drain Oil light. We have heard stories of this light coming on right after an oil change. Often it turns out that the shop they used had simply added too much oil – just enough to where it was triggering the light. For some Audi owners who see this light right after an oil change, there is a chance that the Change Oil light will go away after continuing to drive the car. Another cause of the Please Drain Oil Light would be if your car’s service interval indicator was not previously reset during or at the time of a servi ... read more

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What is Mercedes Service A?

What is Mercedes Service A?

Mercedes-Benz has a few unique names for their services that are expected at factory service intervals. One of these services is the Mercedes-Benz Service A. Do I need Mercedes Service A? A car manufacturer will set certain factory recommended service intervals for the cars that they build. The factory service intervals are based on the ‘best practice’ scheduled times to service or replace certain components on your vehicle. The reason for servicing these car parts is to make sure that they are getting fixed and refreshed before they have a chance to break. Hence the importance of service and maintenance, rather than a repair. Service A and Service B are Mercedes’s scheduled service intervals to ensure that your Mercedes stays in optimal condition. According to the factory, a Mercedes ‘Service A’ should be performed at approximately 10,000 miles or at the first year of ownership. Service A Items A Mercedes Service A consists of a few important service ... read more

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Why Does My Steering Wheel Shake?

Why Does My Steering Wheel Shake?

Does the steering wheel in your car shake or vibrate while you drive down the road? This could be happening for several reasons. If your steering wheel is shaking while driving it means that an important part of your vehicle is broken, out of alignment, or out of balance. Over time, as you drive down the road common wear items will begin to slowly deteriorate and eventually fail completely. Here are a few common answers for the question, “Why Does My Steering Wheel Shake?” Steering component failure Tie rods and ball joints are common wear items that can and will go bad on your vehicle over time. Since these items typically contain rubber components, once the rubber begins to fail your car can begin to shake or shudder while you drive and can be felt through the steering wheel. Suspension Failure Worn suspension components can also cause steering wheel shake such as control arms, thrust arms, bushings, and a variety of other parts. Other possibilities include worn or c ... read more

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Car Shakes While Braking?

Car Shakes While Braking?

Does your car shake when the brakes are applied? Does your car shake when you go down a hill and hit the brakes? If so, these are likely signs that your brakes are damaged and should be addressed immediately! Common Shaking Causes Car vibrating when you hit the brakes, could mean that you are experiencing warped brake rotors, or worn brake pads. When the brake rotors on your car become warped this creates an uneven surface for the brake pads to rub against when the brake pedal is applied. On each rotation, the uneven surface will translate to a slight shuddering feeling, and that can translate into the rest of the car if your steering wheel shakes while braking. Do I Need To Replace My Rotors? A shaking feeling that your car makes can increase on a downhill because there will be an increase of pressure on the brakes. It is important to take note of the way that your car feels and sounds especially when there are new sounds happening while driving. All Car Shaking Isn’t Create ... read more

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