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Why Is My Steering Wheel Vibrating?

Why Is My Steering Wheel Vibrating?

A shaky steering wheel is never normal; in fact, it can be highly concerning. If you are uneasy and worried about your car, then the best solution is to take it into Peerless Automotive for an inspection. Luckily, the fix is usually relatively straightforward. Let's look at some of the potential causes of a vibrating steering wheel.   Common Causes of a Vibrating Steering Wheel There are a few possible reasons for your vehicle's shakiness. Each issue comes with its auxiliary problems and concerns. If you suspect that you may have one of these issues, it is highly recommended that you mention your concerns to your mechanic.   Unbalanced Wheels This problem is the most common cause we see at our shop for a vibrating steering wheel. Your vehicle's weight has not been correctly and evenly distributed if your wheels have been poorly rotated. The uneven distribution causes parts of your car to vibrate, especially the rod leading to your steering column. If ignored ... read more

The Do’s & Don’ts of Washing Your Car At Home

The Do’s & Don’ts of Washing Your Car At Home

If you own a home with a driveway, take advantage of it and wash your car at home. It is also a great way to cool down from the summer heat. Keeping your car clean is important for several different reasons:   It helps protect your vehicle's overall integrity and ensure that it has maximum resale value in the future. It also allows you and your passengers to feel more comfortable and confident on the road. Clean windows and windshields are necessary to clearly see the road from all angles.  While it may be tempting to grab your water hose and start spraying, there are certain things you want to both consider and avoid when washing your car. Below is Peerless Automotive's list of dos and don'ts for washing your car from home:    Don't use an old t-shirt or rag to do the scrubbing. Instead, use a microfiber cloth or specially made fabric for vehicles to ensure it won't cause scratches on the car's exterior.    Do use two bucke ... read more

What Happens When I Don't Change My Engine Oil?

What Happens When I Don't Change My Engine Oil?

Replacing your vehicle's engine oil may seem like a chore but it shouldn't be ignored. Engine oil allows the engine to run smoothly and leaving it too long can result in reduced performance or even serious damage to your vehicle. In the worst cases, this damage can even result in the need to completely replace the engine or have your vehicle scrapped. What Is Engine Oil? Engine oil performs two key functions: lubrication and heat management. Engines contain many moving parts and friction can easily cause these to function less efficiently and suffer damage from debris. Oil lubricates the moving parts of your engine and helps to remove dust and debris from inside the engine so that it can't cause damage. It also serves as a way to manage heat, however, and this is equally important to your vehicle's operation. Overheating can reduce your engine's lifespan or result in damage that requires extensive repair. Why Change Engine Oil? So, what happens if you don ... read more

4 Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs

4 Symptoms of Bad or Failing Spark Plugs

As the name suggests, spark plugs create a spark at a predetermined time that ignites the fuel within the engine's combustion chamber. A machine with fully functioning spark plugs uses fuel efficiently while failing spark plugs causes some problems. Here are some of the things you may encounter if your car's spark plugs are damaged. Failure to start Failing spark plugs will not emit the spark necessary to start the engine, leading to a vehicle that doesn't start at all. Although this is a common complication of bad spark plugs, other faults may cause the engine to fail to start as well. When in doubt, it is best to consult a qualified mechanic. The engine misfires The ignition system of the engine relies on spark plugs and sensors to start the motor. In the event of faulty spark plugs, the engine may misfire, commonly described as a sputtering sound. Misfires are not only harsh on the ears, but they also lead to inefficient fuel consumption and increased air pollution ... read more

What is a Car Radiator?

What is a Car Radiator?

Whenever you are operating your vehicle you are operating your engine and it is going under very hot conditions. It is important that your engine stays cool enough so it can properly function, but it must be hot enough so it can convert heat to energy which is something that can be tricky… this is where your car's radiator comes in. It is made to circulate coolant through the engine and back again. The radiator is a vital component of your engine's cooling system. The radiator is made to keep the temperature of the engine at an ideal level that the car manufacturer sets. The radiator is generally mostly made of aluminum; it transfers the heat from hot coolant through tubes which allows air to blow across fins which will cool the fluid. When looking at how the radiator works, the cooling system is a system that is pressurized and made of numerous components that work together to keep the engine cool. The coolant is used to cool the engine by circulating coolant through ... read more

What are the Symptoms of Failing Wheel Bearings?

What are the Symptoms of Failing Wheel Bearings?

WHAT ARE WHEEL BEARINGS? Wheel bearings are essential for the hub, tire, and wheel assemblies to work together and allow for friction-free rotation and movement of the hub assembly, which is a crucial component of your car's steering system. It connects the wheel to the axle. A wheel bearing is a set of balls known as ball bearings held together by a metal ring. It ensures and provides smooth tire and wheel rotation. Each wheel has its own set of wheel bearings. Because of the importance of this component in the smooth driving of your vehicle, it is considered very hazardous to drive with worn wheel bearings, as it may cause the wheel to stop while driving. HOW LONG SHOULD A WHEEL BEARING LAST? Essentially, wheel bearings should last between 85,000 and 100,000 miles, but it should be mentioned that this is only an estimate, as the quality of the wheel bearing and the operating conditions should also be taken into account. Apart from that, another impor ... read more

Why and How Long Should You Warm the Engine Before Driving?

Why and How Long Should You Warm the Engine Before Driving?

It is a good idea to turn on the engine and let it heat up ahead of time before you decide to drive. This is especially true during the winter so the engine has some time to get working and moving before you start to drive around. How to Properly Warm the Engine The best way to warm up the engine is to just turn it on. You can turn the key into the ignition or press the button that starts the vehicle if it is a newer version. After you get it started, it is a good idea to listen to the sounds that the engine will make and look to the RPM gauge of the vehicle as well. It is normal to hear a few periodic changes. But after they reach a smooth and consistent sound, then it is safe to drive the vehicle. How Long Should I Warm Up the Car For an older model of car, you need to allow the car to idle for at least ten minutes. This gives you time for the engine oil all around the different components so that they will be all set to go. For a newer vehicle, you will be fine with just waiting ... read more

Why Is There A Thermostat In My Vehicle?

Why Is There A Thermostat In My Vehicle?

The thermostat's role is to control temperature; thus, the engine stays cool. Liquid-cooled engines are affordable, with a thermostat between the engine and the radiator, ensuring the engine cools at an optimal temperature. How it works The thermostat checks the temperature as it blocks the flow is of cooling effect to the radiator. Whenever the coolant is cold, the coolant won't flow via the engine. The coolant's water pump pushes its temperature lower from the radiator up to the engine. The thermostat helps in minimizing engine wear, releasing unnecessary emissions and deposits. Due to the practical design of the thermostat, they are successful. A small cylinder located within the engine's sides suffused with a wax that melts it slowly. The center of the valve is a rod connected that presses the wax to melt; this allows it to expand; thus, the coolant flows the rod out. As the wax expands powerfully, it goes from a solid to a liquid state, ineffect ... read more

Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balance

Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balance

For most drivers, a wheel alignment and wheel balance may seem interchangeable, but they are very different types of maintenance services. A wheel alignment ensures the tires' angles are correct, so they adequately contact the road. In comparison, a wheel balance adjusts any weight imbalance within the tire and wheel assembly. Both services contribute to a smoother ride and can be completed during the same service. However, both services offer entirely different benefits for your vehicle. Below is a simple guide to determine which maintenance task is best for your car.  What is a tire alignment? In contrast to the wheel balance, the tire alignment is not an adjustment of the tires or wheel. A tire alignment service adjusts your vehicle's suspension. It improves drivability and handling, ensuring your car drives straight and doesn't venture off the road.  Signs your vehicle needs an alignment:  Your car is pulling to one side of the road.  The tires ... read more

5 Signs it’s Time to Change the Fuel Filter

5 Signs it’s Time to Change the Fuel Filter

If you value excellent engine performance, it's time to consider the fuel filter. We all know fuel powers the engine. As you drive over time, the fuel becomes contaminated with dirt, debris, and other pollutants that can negatively impact the engine's performance. The fuel filter works to filter these impurities out of the fuel before they reach the engine. With time the fuel filter will become dirty and clogged. A clogged fuel filter will limit fuel flow. In some cases, it can cause polluted particulate matter to enter the engine. Without a clean engine filter, your vehicle won't run properly. Below are five signs that indicate it's time to change the fuel filter.  The engine struggles to turn over.  A clogged fuel filter will restrict the amount of fuel that reaches the engine. This will cause the engine to struggle to start. Before you automatically assume your vehicle is struggling to start due to the fuel filter, check the battery to v ... read more

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