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What Is Oil Sludge and How Does It Hurt My Car?

What Is Oil Sludge and How Does It Hurt My Car?

Oil sludge is a thick, black, gooey substance that can form in the engine of your car if the oil isn't changed regularly. It is often a by-product of old oil that has been exposed to heat for too long and has started to break down. This can also happen if you use an improper type of oil or don't change your oil often enough. Oil sludge can cause a number of problems in your engine and will eventually lead to serious damage and expensive repairs. The first problem that it causes is lower fuel economy because it reduces the efficiency of the combustion process. This means more gas will be needed to power your car, which leads to increased gas costs. Oil sludge also causes decreased performance from your engine and can even cause it to fail completely in extreme cases. The most common symptoms of oil sludge are: Serpentine belt slipping or breaking When the engine is overheating Low coolant level To reduce the risk of oil sludge buildup in your engine, follow ... read more

What Can Cause Poor Wheel Alignment?

What Can Cause Poor Wheel Alignment?

A good quality wheel alignment is key when it comes to protecting your vehicle’s safety and handling. Your wheels should be aligned according to manufacturer standards to ensure each tire can travel straight or in the direction you want to move. Plus, wheel alignment can correct your wheels to avoid premature tire wear down the line.    More often than not, natural wear and tear will cause your wheel alignment to shift. However, there are other issues that can force them out of alignment sooner. They can be anything from poor driving habits to unfavorable road conditions. Regardless of the cause, every driver should take wheel alignment services seriously.  Things That Can Cause Poor Wheel Alignment Driving over potholes Running into curbs Speeding over speed bumps Hitting road debris Failure to fix poor suspension Inadequate lift kit installations Car collision If you want your tires to be in good shape, consider checking your wheel alignment from time t ... read more

Winter Ready Your Vehicle

Winter Ready Your Vehicle

On behalf of Ward Tirecraft, we want to help ensure your vehicle is winter ready. Winter.. what.. oh no, too soon! Let’s be honest; thinking about that frozen white stuff, and arctic temperatures is something most of us would prefer to avoid this time of the year. In reality, this is the best time to do it regarding your safety and the care of your vehicle. There are a few different reasons for that. For those of us working in the industry, we are acutely aware of the first reason: October and November are the two busiest months of the year. Getting your vehicle into a shop for a proper pre-season check-up can be frustrating. A pre-season checkup is worth it because there are things that are a good idea to check, and the vast majority of people do not own the proper tools or equipment to do so correctly. The best example is a battery tester making sure your battery fully uses all those important Cold Cranking Amps (CCA’s) you see advertised everywhere. This rating is the a ... read more

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How Bad Driving Habits Can Hurt Your Vehicle

How Bad Driving Habits Can Hurt Your Vehicle

From squealing brakes to doing donuts, people can be hard on cars. This is expensive fun, but even everyday bad driving habits can put a strain on your vehicle and your wallet. Something as simple as resting your hand on the gear shift can add too much pressure on the transmission bushings and synchronizers, which can result in extra wear and tear. Both hands on the wheel please! Flooring it at a green light might be fun but it's tough on gas mileage. Short stops and accidents do happen, but for everyday use being a smooth operator is best for saving at the pump and at the shop because your brake components will last much longer. Driving downhill can be tricky, but it is best to avoid the habit of riding the brakes if you wish to protect your brake pads and rotors. Alternatively, you can always shift into a lower gear, brake gently and then release the pedal allowing the brakes to cool off a minute. Repeat until you arrive at the bottom of the hill. Revving an engine sounds coo ... read more

Is The Condition of My Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

Is The Condition of My Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

Your car brake fluid system would not be complete without brake fluid. The primary element of your car's braking system is hydraulic fluid. The fluid facilitates pressure which is applied to the wheel hub-mounted rotors. There is a higher chance that your brake fluid may degrade or get polluted, impairing its operational process. You need to understand brake fluid components and the functional process towards realizing its significance. Brake fluid concept According to professionals, brake fluid increases the efficiency of a car's movement by transforming the hydraulic brake system into pressure. Whenever you are using your car, the brake fluid must be enough. Majority of accidents that occur while driving are pegged to inadequate brake fluid. The lack of brake fluid might prevent the brakes from working. When your car has a bad brake system, you might experience catastrophic effects. You require brake fluid flush to reduce road accidents. The process involves replacing the c ... read more

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