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How To Change Brake Rotors

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Car Brake Pads Replacement: What You Must Do

Brake pads are one of the most important parts of your vehicle that have direct effect on the performance of your vehicle-stopping system. Brake pads should be inspected regularly for the possibility of wear out. Most of the time, you can notice brake pad wear without having to remove the wheel. When the pads look thin, it indicates that they are almost worn out. You can also inspect the slot which is available in some types of brake pads. The fewer the slot remains, the more likely it wears out and needs change.

To change brake pads on your car, you need some car parts such as brake system cleaner, brake anti-squeal compound, high-temperature brake grease, and obviously new brake pads. You will also need some tools which include lug nut wrench, large C-Clamp, length of wire or bungee cords, jack and jack stands, wrench, socket, and Allen wrench or Torque wrench. The latter tools are depended on the caliper design. As dust from the brake system and brake fluid are harmful to your health, protect yourself with filtering mask, safety goggles, and possibly gloves.

After all the brake parts and tools are prepared, now you are ready to replace your pads. Arm yourself with a service manual for your car type since it is significant for a safe and correct replacement.

1. Park your car on a flat surface, open the hood and find the brake master cylinder which is usually placed on the firewall on the driver’s side. Protect painted areas around the master cylinder by covering them. You will also need to remove half of the reservoir fluid to prevent fluid overflow when new pads are installed. Brake fluid is poisonous, so never siphon it with your mouth. If you use a turkey baster for the job, never again use the appliance for cooking.

2. Remove the wheels where you will install the new brake pads by loosening the wheel lug nuts, raising the front or rear part of your car, and securely supporting it on jack stands.

3. After the wheels are off, use the wrench to loosen the bolts holding the calipers. Lift the caliper off the brake rotor after the bolts are removed. You will notice that the caliper will still be connected with the brake line. Never let the caliper hang by the brake line as it can cause line brake damage and brake failure. Secure the caliper using the bungee cords to a nearby suspension component.

4. Once the caliper is removed, pull out the brake pad from the caliper. Inside the caliper, you will notice a cylindrical piston coming out. Hold the piston to its original position using a C-Clamp by pressing its end against the piston.

5. Replace the old pad with the new one. Apply anti-squeal compound on both sides of the new pads and high temperature brake grease to the upper steering knuckle-to-caliper contact surface. Wait for a few minutes to let the coats to set up before putting back the brake pad and the caliper to their original place. Return all the other car parts and test the brake before bringing your car to roads.

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Replace Tires

How to Get the Best Out of Your Tyres

    Buying cheap tyres online is one way of saving money, but there are plenty of other ways to keep costs down when it comes to tyres. Getting the best out of your tyres means keeping them in good condition, driving sensibly and maintaining your vehicle – you’ll even end up saving money on fuel as well-kept tyres mean better fuel-efficiency!

Good quality, well fitted tyres should last, but there are certain avoidable elements that can conspire to reduce the life of your tyres. Road conditions, bad driving habits and even mechanical errors can all contribute to wear out your tyres ahead of their normal lifespan, costing you money and inconvenience in having to replace them early. But here are some simple ways to increase the life of your tyres:

Keep your tyres properly inflated and regularly check the tread is within legal limits (more than 1.6mm, or preferably, above 3mm). Over or under-inflated tyres can affect your braking, handling and the rate of wear on your tread. Get rid of any extra load in your car to put less pressure on your tyres and if you notice any uneven tread wear, get your car checked out for misaligned wheels.
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Improper wheel alignment can be a cause for tyres to wear out long before their actual lifespan. This is easy to fix, and can be done when having your tyres replaced, along with wheel balancing, which can also affect the wear and life of your tyres. Both these services will smooth out your ride and improve grip and tyre life. You should also check your shock absorbers regularly, too, as any problems here can affect the efficiency of your tyres.

Driving smoothly will also prolong the life of your tyres – harsh cornering, aggressive acceleration and braking are sure ways to torture your poor tyres. As will driving too fast over potholes and speed bumps. We can’t always avoid bad-condition roads but we can drive sensibly on them. With speed bumps, it’s best to approach at an angle rather than straddling them, and avoid mounting the curb if at all possible.
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If you are careful with your tyres and your car in general, you will end up paying less in fuel, repairs and will need to replace your tyres less frequently. But if you’ve been a bit neglectful, or it’s just time for replacement, the best way to buy cheap tyres is online. Online tyre providers have competitive prices and a fast service – organising fitting at a garage near you or via a mobile van.

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Shock Absorbers

   

When To Replace Your Shock Absorbers

Shock absorbers [or struts] play an important part in your vehicle’s suspension system. You need to replace them when certain signs of wear becomes evident, otherwise your safety and comfort can become compromised.

A shock absorber works by “damping” the compression and extension of the vehicle’s suspension springs to prevent ongoing bouncing. Shocks work to soften road impact, prevent excessive rebound, limit sway, and improve overall road handling. When your shocks are working properly your car holds the road whether you are braking, negotiating a bend in the road, driving on bumpy roads or experiencing strong side winds. When worn out, shocks can contribute to you losing control of your car putting you, your passengers, and riders in other vehicles in grave danger.

There are a variety of companies producing replacement suspension parts, three are highlighted here:

kyb shocks is the largest supplier of shocks and struts to vehicle manufacturers in the world. Their line up of shocks cover the entire gamut from replacement to upgrade to performance shocks and struts.

Perhaps the most well know name in the business is Monroe, Amstrong, and Gabriel Founded in 1916 when cars still rode on carriage springs, Monroe invented the first shock absorber and the company has been innovating ever since.

Tokico shocks are probably less known to consumers, but they are a favorite for those who want a unique combination of ride, adhesion, and handling.

So, when should you replace your shocks? Every 50,000 miles as one manufacturer suggests? Well, it might be earlier than that if you regularly drive on rough roads or much later if your driving is more local, the roads are well maintained, etc.

One way to determine whether your shocks need replacing is to do this simple test:

1. Grab hold of the corner of your vehicle’s bumper.

2. Push down on it as hard as you can.

3. Observe: the bumper should have dropped down, jumped back up and gone down again once. If it continually moves, then that particular shock is no longer effective. Repeat the test on the remaining three corners of your vehicle.

Other telltale signs of shock wear can be observed through leakage [although a leak is not always indicative of wear] and by observing tire wear patterns. Finally, if you are simply experiencing motion sickness every time you go for a ride, then that can be the best indicator that your shocks or struts need replacing.

Matt Keegan is a contributing writer for Car Parts Stuff, an online supplier of high quality and well priced automobile parts.

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Engine Piston

Piston Ring Failure – Causes and Prevention

One of the major complaints that I have heard from many mechanics, and engine technicians, is that piston rings in heavy duty tractor engines wore out prematurely. I have heard this complaint many times. As per normal human responses, there is a quest to rationale the reasons as to why this component failed, as per the complaints from those in the field.

Not surprising, complaints of piston ring failure are blamed on the manufacturer of the rings. It’s not unusual to hear “Do not use these types of rings” and specific manufacturers are mentioned. However, I have heard these complaints about rings from OEM companies as well.

 My analysis led to several pertinent discoveries, especially after a particular customer asked for Original Caterpillar Piston Rings, not the rings presented to him. Little that that customer knows that the rings presented to him were manufactured by the same company that is on contract for Caterpillar. The first mistake that is made that contributes to major ring failure, is the seemingly economic benefit, of changing the piston rings only, however, the piston pin, piston pin retainer, and the cylinder liners are left in the used condition. These reused parts have clearances due to normal wear on the metal parts that contributes to slight but permanent vibrations within the entire engine. These almost invisible vibrations will lead to premature wear on all components, and most importantly, to the vibration of the rings on the piston head.

An engine with a 2800 rpm rating, with minor vibrations at that high speed, will have additional stress and strain on internal engine components. Other than the vibrations mentioned above, the used cylinder liner itself is damaged, with microscopic indentations, scratches, and worn out sections. This contributes to an uneven surface that the new piston rings have to move up and down in at 2800 rpm.

It’s this phenomenon that contributes to premature ring failure. Piston rings from original companies like Caterpillar and Cummins, will fail prematurely in this situations. Aftermarket piston rings from other reputable companies will fail prematurely in these situations. The problem is in reused cylinder liners, and not piston rings.

It’s not unusual therefore, that both OEM and aftermarket companies do not provide a warranty for rings that were changed without also changing the other internal components, namely the cylinder liner, piston, piston pin, and piston pin retainer.

While specific company warranty applies, most of them will consider this practice as voiding the warranty. The recommended thing to do, even though it’s a little more expensive, is to change all of the liner kits at the same time. Its more work, it’s a little more money, however, the results are better engine performance, less breakdown possibility, less fuel consumption, less pollution and GHG emissions, and the most important part, more peace of mind for the owner/manager.

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