Dispelling Two Myths About Common Car Problems

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When your car encounters problems, you may not understand the causes or needed repairs for the problem. If this is the case, you may be making a couple of critical mistakes due to misinformation, and there are a couple of misconceptions about common problems that many people believe. By dispelling the following two car maintenance myths, you will be in a far better position to have these issues addressed when they arise:

Myth: It Is Harmless To Delay Changing Your Brake Pads

One of the most common tasks that you will have do for your car is that have the brake pads changed. The exact frequency with which you will need to do this form of maintenance will vary based upon any number of factors. However, a common warning sign that this work needs to be done is a squeaking or grinding sound when you apply the brakes. 

Unfortunately, there are many people that assume that this work can be delayed for awhile. This is an easy notion to understand because the brakes may seem to work fine when this sound is being made. However, delaying this repair can significantly increase the costs because at this point the brake pads are no longer offering protection and the rotor is suffering damage. 

Myth: Recharging Your Air Conditioner Is A Long-Term Solution To Weak Cooling

During the hot summer months, there can be few things that are more uncomfortable than having your car's air conditioner start to weaken. While there are many different ways to address this problem, some people assume that recharging is an effective long-term solution. However, these people will be disappointed when this repair starts to fail after a few weeks or months. 

This occurs because a weakening air conditioner is often a sign of a faulty seal in the system. When this is the case, the only effective long-term solution is to have the faulty seal replaced with a new one. Yet, this can be an extremely complex repair, and you will almost always be better served by having this work done by a trained professional. 

As your car ages, it will likely start to encounter any number of routine issues. Yet, many drivers lack the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about having these issues addressed. By dispelling these two common myths concerning routine car maintenance issues, you will be in a better position to have these two issues addressed when they arise.

To learn more, contact a company like Prairie Tire And Auto Center with any questions or concerns you have.


20 May 2015

Why I Love Working on Cars

My dad was a mechanic, but I never had any interest in cars when I was young. My dream was to become an accountant, and that is what I do for a living today. When I began my career, the stress of my job began to take a toll on me. One day, I visited my dad, and like usual, I talked to him while he was fixing up a car in our garage. He told me to switch places with him and began telling me what to do with them to help him repair the car. After just a half-hour or so, I felt more relaxed than I had in months. The rest is history, as they say, and I am now passionate about automobiles and auto repair. I also find blogging very relaxing, so I decided to combine my favorite hobbies and start an auto blog!