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Yearly Archives: 2019

My Vehicle is Turning Me Off!

Steering should be something you don't have to think about too much. You want to go somewhere, you turn the wheel, and you head in that direction. Simple, right? What happens when your steering wheel becomes hard to turn?  Or what happens if it starts to feel disconnected from the wheels, a little loosey-goosey? Steering is one of the most important functions of any vehicle. If your steering wheel is not turning easily and precisely, there are several things that might be wrong.  First is the power steering system.  Virtually all vehicles on the road these days have power steering, some hydraulic and some electric.  When either system fails, your wheel can become very hard to turn. In a hydraulic system, the problems could be caused by many things.  You may have a belt that's worn or stretched, causing it to slip. The belt may even break. Your power steering system may be low or out of hydraulic fluid. That fluid can become contaminated. Sometimes yo ... read more

How to Save Gas in Pascagoula

High MS gas prices have hit most of our budgets here in Pascagoula. If increased fuel costs are consuming a bigger portion of your budget, you may be tempted to skimp in some other areas – like scheduled maintenance. According to MS news reports and industry studies, you're not alone. Nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn't been . Some of these items are serious safety concerns. Others are just more likely to affect the cost of operating your vehicle. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional vehicle owners in the Pascagoula area: fleet owners and operators like trucking companies and Pascagoula delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maintenance down to a science. And the last thing they skimp on is regular maintenance. Why is that? Well, for one thing they know that routine maintenance prevents repairs and costly breakdown ... read more

Axles

The axle assemblies in your vehicle transfer power out to the drive wheels. On a rear-wheel drive vehicle, there is an axle shaft that goes from the differential in the center of the axle to each rear wheels. On a front-wheel drive vehicle, the axle shafts go from the transmission to each front-wheel. All-wheel drive vehicles have axle shafts connected to all four wheels. Axles assemblies are pretty tough parts: they transfer torque from the engine to the wheels to move the vehicle. Tough as they are, they are still subject to normal wear and tear. The axle shafts are in a sealed housing with lubricant that protects the axle shaft. When there is a leak anywhere in the axle assembly, lubricant gets out and dirt, water and other contaminates can get in. This can greatly accelerate axle wear. If an axle assembly fails, you’re not going anywhere. A worn or damaged axle assembly on the front will make a clunking sound during low speed turns – often just when turning one way. A ... read more

Let’s Make One Thing Clear

When we drive, it's important for us to be able to see well. That means, of course, keeping the glass in our vehicles as crystal clear as we can. If you've ever driven your car directly into bright sunlight, you know dirty, scratched or fogged windows can render you almost completely blind. Not a good thing when you're moving down the road. And, it's important to be able to see your mirrors and other vehicles behind you. So, a little clarity here can go a long way. Let's take a look at how you can maximize your visibility: Clean windows with the right cleaner. Don't use cleaners that have ammonia or alcohol in them. Ammonia can cause the surfaces of your vehicle's interior to dry out and can damage some window tints. Special automotive glass cleaners are available, and your service advisor can make recommendations. Don't use abrasives on your windows. Some kitchen sponges have a pad on one side meant to clean pots and pans. Don't use those! That ... read more

ABS - Anti-Lock Brakes

There’s a common misconception that anti-lock brakes (ABS) help you stop faster. That is not always the case on loose gravel or snowy surfaces. Anti-lock brakes, in fact, are designed to help you maintain control of your vehicle in an emergency braking situation. Imagine you are driving on a snowy MS road. You need to slam on your brakes and your rear wheels lock up. Chances are good that the rear end of your vehicle will try to pass the front end, and you can easily lose control. What would happen in the same circumstance if your front wheels locked up? Well you certainly would not be able to steer properly, and your front end would go wherever momentum leads it. The ABS modulates your brakes on and off as many as 15 times a second. This keeps your wheels from locking up while providing the greatest amount of braking possible. You are better able to steer your vehicle and maintain control. People often talk about the 3 S’s of ABS: Sto ... read more

Simple Answers from Clark's Professional Car Care for Pascagoula: Windshield Wipers

Question:When should I replace my windshield wipers? Clark's Professional Car Care Answer: Well, most Pascagoula drivers wait until they fail. The problem with that is that you find out they have failed when you actually need them most – a little too late. Wiper blades are really a safety system for Pascagoula drivers. As you can imagine, 90% of our driving decisions are based on what we see. If you can't see well because your wipers can't clear your windshield, your ability to drive safely is significantly impaired. So the simple answer: of course, Pascagoula drivers should change wipers if they don't work well. But replace them before they go bad so they are always ready when that storm hits. For some Pascagoula drivers, once a year may be enough. For others – those who drive a lot, whose wipers are exposed to a lot of sun or u ... read more

Used Vehicle Inspection

It’s always exciting to get a new car – even when it’s used. But it can feel like you’re going out on a limb a bit when you buy a used vehicle. I mean, people sell vehicles for a lot of reasons. Maybe they just wanted a new car, maybe there was something wrong with it, and maybe there was something really wrong with it. It’s a great idea to order a report from a vehicle history service. This can uncover title problems and may reveal serious accidents or flood damage as well as any recall notices for the vehicle. Maintenance and repair records are a plus, but most sellers don’t have them. Of course the best thing is to get a professional to perform a used vehicle inspection. The inspection will go much deeper than just how good the vehicle looks and drives. You’ll get a feel for the vehicle’s overall condition, the status of major safety systems and an indication of how well it has been maintained. You’ll ... read more

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