You hit a curb or a pothole, harder than you expected, and now you notice your car’s just not driving the same. It’s got a distinct pull to one side, and the steering feels “heavy” and clumsy. A car that once handled really well suddenly handles like a loaded dump truck.
Chances are your wheel alignment was jarred out of spec by the impact, sorry to say.
Every vehicle leaves the factory with the front wheels set at specific angles that are designed by engineers for the best possible handling, steering response, ride quality and road manners. These angles are determined relative to an imaginary straight line down the center of the vehicle’s frame.
Those angles are:
- Toe-in, the inward skew of the wheels
- Toe-ou ...[more]
You’ve heard it forever…”change your oil regularly, at 3,000 mile intervals.” Granted, the formulations of conventional motor oil that are around today can let you bump that interval up to about 5,000 miles, but oil changes are still just as important as they ever were.
Your car’s engine is a precision machine, with many moving parts that run on extremely tight tolerances with each other. Motor oil provides the film of lubrication that allows those parts to operate smoothly, dissipating heat and reducing friction and wear. Without oil, the engine would quickly overheat to a point where the moving parts would actually weld to each other and seize the motor.
Along with the heat from friction, the e ...[more]