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7 Steps To Help Prepare Your Car For Storage

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7 Steps To Help Prepare Your Car For Storage

Are you leaving town for a job, an extended vacation or for studies or maybe you are in the military and are being deployed overseas? Then, you will need to put your car in storage. Follow these steps if you do not want to return to a dead battery, a damaged engine, ruined tyres or a rat nest under your hood.   Change The Oil Skip this step if you are only storing the car for a week or two. However, consider getting the oil changed if you will be away for longer than 30days. Used oil contains moisture, sludge...

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5 Parts in Your Car Potholes Can Damage

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5 Parts in Your Car Potholes Can Damage

You might encounter dozens of potholes on your daily commute, and they can only be avoided for so long. You’re bound to hit one eventually, which can seriously damage your car. Feeling the jolt from hitting a pothole and the uneasiness of facing an expensive repair is something drivers everywhere have to deal with. How potholes form Potholes are road imperfections that occur when soil compacted beneath pavement becomes weakened or displaced. Roads are particularly likely to form potholes in hot, cold and rainy months, when extreme temperature conditions and lots of running water disrupt the base layers under the pavement. As...

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Signs of Bad or Failing Differential / Gear Oil

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Signs of Bad or Failing Differential / Gear Oil

Sometimes the differential begins to show signs of failing (usually in high-mileage vehicles). If you ignore the warning signs, your drive-train could lock up completely, causing you to lose control of the vehicle. Thus, even though it's not a common problem, it's important to pay attention to your car's differential and take the vehicle to a trusted transmission repair shop if you notice any of the signs of failure (which we'll describe below). Often, the mechanic can cure the problem simply by adding differential fluid, but occasionally, more extensive differential repairs need to be made. Modern vehicles use a variety of fluids for the...

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5 Types of Automotive Differentials Explained

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5 Types of Automotive Differentials Explained

Last week we looked at the meaning of differential in cars and how they work. This week we'll guide you through everything you need to know on the types of automotive differentials. We will start with the simplest type of differential, called an open differential.   Open Differential What It DoesSplits engine torque into two outputs, each of which is able to rotate at a different speed. ShortcomingsWhen one tire loses traction, the opposing tire also experiences a torque reduction. In the worst case, your car is stuck with one wheel freely spinning while the tire with better traction can’t deliver enough...

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What is a Differential in Cars and How Do They Work?

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What is a Differential in Cars and How Do They Work?

An automotive expert may tell a customer, "We need to change the differential oil," and the customer may have no clue what he's referring to.  So many times we'll hear words related to our cars and not even understand what they are. So What is a Differential?  A differential is found on all modern cars and trucks. It is part of the front and/or rear axle assembly.  The axle is the central shaft that the wheels on the vehicle rotate around.  The photo below shows where it's located on a vehicle with a four wheel drive automatic transmission.   How Do Differentials Work? The differential allows...

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