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Yearly Archives: 2022

What Are Brake Calipers?

What Are Brake Calipers?

There’s more to your brakes than the brake pads and rotors. A caliper is an important piece of a disc brake system. This braking system relies on hydraulic pressure to function. The calipers are situated on every wheel and have the role of squeezing the brake pads against the rotors to slow down your vehicle’s wheels. Read on to understand more about what calipers do, the symptoms of bad brake calipers, and how often you should replace them.   Calipers work like any other clamp. When you step on the brake pedal, pressure is created to increase friction and stop your car. Just like any other car part, calipers can fail over time. You should especially pay attention to the calipers because their failure can cause catastrophic accidents. Read on to learn more about the warning signs of bad brake calipers. Car Pulling to One Side - The caliper has pistons that move as a result of the hydraulic pressure. If the pistons don’t work anymore, due to corrosion or debris ... read more

How Often Should You Replace the Cabin Air Filter

How Often Should You Replace the Cabin Air Filter

The air we inhale is very important to our health, which is why it is important for you to keep up with your cabin filter’s condition. A cabin filter is a critical component to keep the air fresh and purified for passengers. Otherwise, contaminants and pollutants can make their way into the cabin. After many miles of driving, your air filters can get jammed with pollutants, leaves, dust, debris, and more. As a result, your AC and heating may have to work extra hard to push air into your car. As a result, your car will burn more gas. Here are some more signs that indicate you need a cabin filter change. Inconsistent Airflow From Vents A filthy air filter can block the air ducts, leading to reduced airflow. If your A/C isn’t giving out the same pressure as usual, please bring it to our shop for inspections soon. We can replace your cabin air filter with ease. Bad Odor From the Vents When the air filter is plagued with dirt or dust, it can create a foul smell when it sits ... read more

How to Stay Entertained in Traffic

How to Stay Entertained in Traffic

If only human beings could fly, right? Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do when stuck in traffic. But there is a lot you can do to pass the time and distract yourself from the fact that you are running late. You can also do these things with your partner, friends, or kids. First, we recommend you take time to take a healthy snack. If you did not get time to grab a bite, this is your chance. Eating in the car is, in a genuine sense, convenient because the car is not moving, and you don't run the risk of spilling anything in the car. If you already ate, why not entertain yourself? It is great to use this time to listen to a podcast. Some people may prefer music, but a podcast is the best fit in this scenario. Listening to a podcast is calming, and most of the time, the content will keep your mind focused. Podcasts offer a new perspective on matters and spark a good conversation. You can also listen to an audiobook for a book you’ve been putting off. Books are rela ... read more

Does Brake Fluid Expire?

Does Brake Fluid Expire?

The short answer is: Yes! Brake fluid can deteriorate over time. Your vehicle's brake fluid, or DOT fluid, is stored in a confined system. While it is designed to last you for years, external factors can corrupt the effectiveness of the fluid prematurely. When it comes to brake fluid, air and moisture (water) are its worst enemies. If they get into the fluid lines, they can wear down your brake components. If the fluid absorbs the moisture from the air, your DOT fluid's boiling point will lower, which will decrease your vehicle's stopping power. The water can also corrode the lines, calipers, cylinders, and other parts if left for too long, which can cause leaks. Vehicle owners need to know when they should have their brake fluid changed or flushed.   Likewise, the lasting ability of brake fluid depends on various factors like the automobile, the DOT fluid it takes, and the vehicle's operating conditions. Those who live in high humidity areas may need their brake ... read more

Tired of Bumpy Car Rides?

Tired of Bumpy Car Rides?

Bumps, shakes, and vibrations are all things you shouldn't feel when driving a healthy car. Most of the time, it could indicate that you have a suspension issue. Other times, it could mean you need a wheel alignment, new brakes, or other tire services, so it's a good idea to have your car checked out by a certified professional at Foreign Auto Services Inc. Get a Suspension Inspection at Foreign Auto Services Inc. When it comes to suspension issues, you shouldn't be stressed. Often, it is something relatively minor. If you feel vibrations at both low and high speeds, you should never ignore them. It may seem insignificant and overall inconvenient to bring it to an auto repair shop, but the problem could worsen over time. Our auto repair shop usually finds vehicle shakes associated with loose components or hydraulic fluid leaks. Occasionally you can look underneath your automobile and see that the shocks or struts are oily or greasy. Wet shocks and struts are a tell-tale s ... read more

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