CV Joints - What Are They?

Your car has a complex system of parts converting your engine’s explosive energy into rotational energy, which can then spin your car’s tires and send you rolling down the road in Huntington Beach. One of the most important and most exposed parts of this system are the Constant Velocity (CV) joints. All front-wheel drive cars, as well as many rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive cars and trucks, have CV joints on both ends of their drive shafts. The CV joints are responsible for transferring the torque from your car’s transmission to its drive wheels at a constant speed, while accommodating the vertical motion of the car’s suspension. Inner CV joints connect the drive shafts to the transmission, while outer CV joints connect the drive shafts to the wheels.

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Routine Maintenance

 

In the past we talked about home maintenance, but not all maintenance can be handled at home unless you are very handy with a garage full of tools. A recent survey by the Car Care Council found that 25% of cars had low or dirty engine oil, 13% had low or dirty brake fluid, 18% had dirty air filters, 17% had low coolant levels or inadequate cooling systems, 16% needed new windshield wipers, 27% had low or contaminated washer fluid, and 18% needed new belts. Overall, 89% of the vehicles surveyed needed at least one service or repair.

Routine maintenance is the most important thing you can do to keep your vehicle running well today and in the future. However, many drivers neglect keeping up with everyday basic maintenance. A regular service schedule can keep your car running at its best. To keep your car in good condition, here is a service interval schedule you can follow to keep track of regular maintenance. Most of these services can be done at little to no cost, and are quick and easy to do.

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What All The Noise About Mufflers

All vehicles on the road today have a muffler in their exhaust system. The purpose of a muffler is to decrease the amount of noise emitted by your vehicle’s engine from its exhaust.

In most vehicles, mufflers are installed in the exhaust system, although they do not serve a primary function. They are engineered to reduce the loudness of your engine through acoustic quieting, as an acoustic soundproofing device. Most vehicles have at least one muffler per exhaust pipe - if your vehicle has more than one tailpipe, it mostly has at least that many mufflers. Some cars, usually luxury cars, even have two or more mufflers per exhaust pipe in order to reduce noise and keep them quiet for the passengers’ comfort.

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Bearings Repair


To understand why your bearings are so serious, first we must know what a wheel bearing is. A wheel bearing is a set of steel balls held together by a metal ring called a race. They help your vehicle’s wheels spin fast with as little friction as possible. On cars, the wheel bearing rides on a metal axle shaft and fits tightly inside the hub, which is the part that holds the lug bolts used to bolt each wheel onto your car.

Most wheel bearings are made of hardened steel, and are very durable. Their two worst enemies are heat and water. These can destroy a wheel bearing, especially once the seal is broken. Seals protect the bearings from water and debris and seal in the high-temperature grease that lubricates the bearing, but a wheel bearing will start disintegrating quickly once the seal is broken and begin to make noise.

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Home Auto Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is one of the most important things you can do as as car owner to keep your car in good shape and save money on big future repairs. But preventative maintenance is a broad category. What exactly are some of the universal things within this category that you can do at home on your own?

First of all, read your owner’s manual. No matter what vehicle you drive, your regular maintenance schedule is inside of it. It will tell you useful information such as how often you should change your oil, what type of oil to use, what grade of gasoline is recommended, what kind of filters the car uses, various belts and other parts, and much more. If you bought a used car and it didn’t come with a manual, this website has one for just about any car: http://justgivemethedamnmanual.com/ . It is important that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for what type of oil and gas to put into your car, because using the wrong kind can potentially void your warranty and cause extensive damage
over time.

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