Ladies Car Care Clinic – Common Wear Items on Your Car and What to Watch Out For

Here is a list of the items that we see and look for every day at our shop. These things are normal wear parts, and almost every vehicle will need replacement at some point.

Steering and Suspension Components:

1. Ball Joints
2. Tie Rod Ends (Inner and Outer)
3. Shocks & Struts
4. Control Arm Bushings
5. Coil Springs
6. Sway Bar Links
7. Power Steering Lines
8. Rack and Pinion Unit

If you are told any of the above parts need replacement, ask to see the bad parts. Fact is, no matter what, you should always ask to see the old parts. And if you aren’t sure the part is bad or if it’s even your part, ask to take it with you. That way you have the opportunity to have it inspected. You should notice a visible looseness in the wheels when these components are worn. Looseness may also be accompanied by a ‘rattle’ clunk or metal on metal sound over bumps. Noise is a very good indicator that these components are worn out.

Cooling System Components:

1. Radiator
2. Water pump
3. Thermostat
4. Hoses and Belts
5. Heater Core

Except for the thermostat, most of these components will last well over 100,000 miles, given proper maintenance. If your vehicle is not providing good heat in the winter, chances are your thermostat needs changing. This is normal at around 50,000 miles. If you are not seeing a green or pink watery fluid under your car and someone tells you one of these components needs replacement, get a 2nd opinion.

Engine Components:

1. Timing Belt
2. Water Pump
3. Oil Pan
4. Valve Cover Gasket
5. Cylinder Head Gasket

With the exception of the timing belt and possibly the water pump, your engine should not need any of the above parts on a regular basis. These are only replaced on a vehicle that has a serious problem, and not part of everyday wear items. If you’re told that you have a bad head gasket, ask to see the test results. There are several good tests that will prove or disprove a head gasket leak diagnosis. If you are still not convinced, get a 2nd opinion. This is one of the most common miss-diagnosed problems in our industry.

Brake System Components:

1. Brake Pads
2. Brake Rotors
3. Calipers
4. Brake Hoses
5. Brake Shoes
6. Brake Drum Hardware
7. Brake Drums
8. Master Cylinder
9. Brake Lines
10. ABS Wheel Speed Sensor
11. ABS Pump Motor
12. Wheel Bearings

Of all these components, the most common wear items are in the brake category. Brakes are exposed to the road conditions (Salt, water, grime) and extreme temperatures, hot and cold. Brakes can easily get to over 400 degrees when used to stop a fully loaded vehicle. ‘Riding’ the brake or ‘panic’ stopping are the best ways to insure brake problems and added vehicle expense.

What to watch out for:

Be on the lookout for anyone that tells you your brakes are ‘shot’, even if they feel soft to you, this does not mean they need replacement. Often times a simple cleaning and adjustment of the brakes will restore proper operation. If your brakes are worn they still should stop the vehicle efficiently. If you are experiencing long stops then most likely there is something else wrong. The most common brake repair of all is replacement of the brake pads, and rotors. If someone tries to tell you that your calipers should be replaced too, ask them to show you why. And again, if you are not convinced they need replacing, get a second opinion. This is the ‘red’ flag that and inexperienced technician is working on your vehicle. Unless your vehicle has well over 100,000 miles on it, it’s not likely that your calipers need replacement.

Next time we’ll talk about how to change your tire the easy way. Thanks for reading.

The Dos and Don’ts For Children’s Britax Car Seats – Part 1

In this two part article we’ll be looking closely at something very important for any family with small children – the right and wrong things regarding child car seats. As parents it’s our responsibility to ensure that we are doing everything possible to protect our children when travelling in the car. Firstly we’ll take a look at the things you should be doing.

1. In order to ensure your child’s car seat will yield the maximum amount of protection you must obey the manufacturers guidelines which specify the child’s acceptable weight and size for the seats design.

2. The restraints on the seat should comply with the latest standards. This ensures that your child is protected with the full benefits of the most up to date specifications and standards recommended.

3. Installing the car seat correctly is essential. You should make sure that the restraints are suitable for your car model. You can ask that the seat be installed by the seller, phone the manufacturer for advice or check on the web for more information.

4. Wherever possible, children should be carried in the rear seats of the vehicle. If using a child’s car seat it must never be placed in the front seat of the vehicle. The harness should be adjusted correctly so that it’s secure and snug but also comfortable.

5. Perform regular maintenance checks on the seats installation to ensure that the straps or other important hardware are in perfect condition. Any worn parts or potential points of weakness should be replaced at once.

6. Finally, try to teach your child how important it is to be securely fastened in the seat for each car trip and cover the seat with a blanket on warm days to protect any metal parts from becoming too hot and causing potential burns.

Used Mercedes Benz Cars and the CLK Class

Mercedes Used Cars: Mercedes cars are famous for their quality and reliability. Mercedes drivers are cautious, and keep their cars in good condition and in top maintenance. The Mercedes Benz used cars put up for auction are therefore in an excellent state, and they are usually equipped with top quality accessories like air conditioning, power steering, power windows, airbags, and more.

Mercedes Used Car Export: Toronto imports new and used Mercedes Benz cars, and all the essential spare parts. The collaboration of Mercedes all over the world, has given this market a distinction in their dealing of consumer’s needs, at reasonable prices obtained at Toronto. They maintain a state-of-the-art inventory with an inventory revenue rate updated regularly.

The cars in Toronto also remain in good shape because Canadian roads are great. Hence, despite being in use for a long time, Mercedes cars barely display any wear. The suspension is usually at 90% of its original condition, even after the car being driven for 6-7 years. Since repair costs are high in most cases, customers usually are forced to buy new cars, rather than repairing a broken down one. Hence, used cars have low mileage and are in good mechanical condition, which is what makes Toronto a very attractive used car market.

Many people in Toronto choose the CLK class because of its great features. The Mercedes-Benz CLK class includes a range of two-door, four-seat coupes and convertibles, with elegant design and interior luxury. With its responsive performance and superb high-speed stability, the CLK is even better on the open road. The CLK model is equipped with 17-inch wheels, 7.5-inch wide front wheels and 8.5-inch wide rear wheels. These wheels are made of a light alloy, five-spoke design, otherwise called a monoblock design. The CLK class’ V8 engines benefit from a five-speed automatic transmission. Such advanced technology can’t be undermined and that’s why Mercedes Benz is a popular choice.