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Pothole Potluck

What Can Happen When You Hit a Pothole Avoiding suspension damage on your daily drive is in some ways comparable to attending a community potluck dinner. First, you never know what you’re going to get. Just as you never know if the contributed dishes will be delicious or barely palatable, you can never be sure […]

The Machine That Is Your Fleet

Optimizing Fleets You’ve likely heard someone use the expression of something “running like a well oiled machine.” When you rely on fleet transportation for daily business operations, the fleet as a whole actually functions as a single machine. Think of a conveyor belt in a large factory; if it works well and reliably, taking goods […]

Amusement Ride or Worn Shocks?

Signs You Need Shock Repair Amusement rides can be great fun for those who enjoy a wild jaunt. If driving your car feels like an unexpected trip on a roller coaster, however, you could have a suspension problem. Specifically, your vehicle’s shock absorbers are designed to smooth out your ride and enhance your control as […]

Smog Check: What Certain Colored Exhaust Means

Deciphering the Color Code of Your Exhaust CONTENT: Often, color coding is a way to make recognition or tasks easier for people. The same might be said for colored vehicle exhaust, but visible, tinted emissions from the tailpipe usually indicates a problem. If your vehicle is painting the town with a trail of colored exhaust […]

“Help Me Keep This Straight”

How Wheel Alignment Helps Your Car CONTENT: We’ve all heard the expression “keeping something straight.” Generally, it means to keep something in order or working properly. For your vehicle, proper wheel alignment certainly keeps things straight. First, it literally impacts how the car steers. Second, it affects the performance and durability of other parts over […]

Suiting Up for the Rough Game: Pads and Shoes

Brake Shoes vs. Brake Pads Everybody knows that a car’s brakes play a rough game. They have to slow down for every hazard, halt for every red traffic light or sign, and come to a screaming hot stop for emergencies. They protect you by stopping your vehicle in the same way proper attire and safety […]

Is Brake Fluid Really a Vehicle Component?

What Does Brake Fluid Do? Although brake fluid may not seem to be a major vehicle component such as a transmission or wheels, it is indeed vital to your auto’s ability to operate safely. All facets of braking system function, maintenance, and repair are crucial. To ensure the safe operation of your vehicle, keep your […]

The Money-Saving Trap: How Your Oil Filter Does Its Job

How Do Oil Filters Work? When something is described as a “trap,” that’s often not a good sign. In the case of your vehicle’s oil filter, however, that description is not only fitting, it’s exactly what you need. In fact, an oil filter’s function is so important that it actually saves you lots of money […]

The Fifth Wheel: Wheel Alignment and Vehicle Steering Ability

Car Steering and Wheel Alignment In order for your auto to operate, all five wheels need to work together properly. That is, the four wheels that make contact with the road must not only work well with each other, but also with the steering wheel. Since 1993, West Automotive Group in El Cajon, California, has […]

What Is A Car Radiator?

Radiating Information About Your Car’s Radiator — West Automotive Group Many drivers dream of someday owning a “hot” car, one that is powerful and sporty. But in reality, every vehicle is a hot car–just not necessarily of the desirable sort. To help control the heat, your auto has a cooling system whose star is the […]

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