Value of Preventative Maintenance

Spending more than $400 annually on maintenance and repairs may sound like a lot, but Value of Preventative Maintenance is nothing compared to the added expense of buying a new car, especially if your current car is paid off. In fact, by some estimates, every five years you drive your car after paying it off saves you the monetary...

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Power Steering System Pump and Rotary Valve

As the vanes turn, they draw hydraulic fluid from the return line at low pressure and push it into the outlet at high pressure. The amount of flow from the pump often varies based on the engine's speed. The pump is designed to send a regular flow when the engine is idling. But when engine is running at higher...

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Future of Power Steering in Automobiles

You can expect to see innovations that will drastically improve fuel efficiency. One of the coolest ideas being considered iin the future of power steering is a "steer-by-wire" or "drive-by-wire" system. These would take out the mechanical link between the steering wheel and the steering, using a purely electronic control system instead. Basically, the steering wheel would operate like...

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Recirculating Power Steering

The recirculating-ball steering gear has a worm gear. It helps to think of the gear in two parts. The first part is a metal block with a threaded hole in it. This block has gear teeth cut into the exterior, and these engage a gear that moves the pitman arm (see diagram above). The steering wheel connects to a...

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Transmission Flush and Fluid Change

By keeping up with the your car's recommended transmission flush and fluid change schedule, you will help your transmission remain in good working order and decrease the chance of costly transmission repairs later on. Usually a transmission fluid exchange is due about every 30,000 miles or every two years.

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Filter Service for Vehicles

The filter system plays a vital role, it's necessary for the overall longevity of your vehicle as well as the comfort of the passengers. The investment in filter service for your vehicle can be maximized by maintaining the filter system with regularly scheduled filter replacements and by making sure your fluid levels are checked. There are a couple of...

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Radiator, Thermostat and Pressure Cap

Most modern vehicles have aluminum radiators. These radiators are created by brazing thin aluminum fins to flattened aluminum tubes. The coolant flows through many tubes mounted in a parallel arrangement. The fins conduct the heat from the tubes before it is sent off to cool in the air flowing around in the radiator.

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Automotive Heater and Cooling System

Your engine temperature is maintained by the flow of anti-freeze, more commonly referred to as coolant. A coolant flush pushes anti-freeze through your cooling system in order to do a complete cleanse by clearing out all of the old anti-freeze and any contaminants that have built up. When you get a coolant flush, all of the old anti-freeze is...

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Water Pump Problems In Automobiles

Depending on your vehicle, a water pump can last between 60,000 and 90,000 miles and that's when problems usually start. Radiator hoses can make it up to 100,000 miles, even. Over time, though, both radiator hoses and water pumps become worn out and if they are not replaced soon after that point, a lot of damage can happen. A...

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