Nick's Auto Blog

Hello, my name is Nick. This is my new auto blog. Have you ever wondered about how you can improve the look and functioning of your auto? If so you are in the right place. I live in a large house in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and my house has as many garage parking spots as it does rooms. And believe me, it has a lot of rooms. I like to collect classic cars and then work on them to restore them to their former glory. In doing this, I have learnt lots of cool tricks. I would like to share some of these tricks with you here.

When Your Car Needs Servicing and What You're Facing By Way of Repairs

Automotive Blog

If your car is acting up in any way, of course you want to take it in for servicing as soon as possible; ignoring even a minor problem can make it worse over time. However, many car owners tend to overlook what they think are minor problems, if they can still start and drive the car. Note a few times when you want to take your car in for servicing even if you think you can control it, and what you might be facing by way of repair bills.

Severe pulling by one tire

If the car is pulling in one particular direction, this can mean that the tires just need an alignment. However, if the pulling is very severe and it seems to be just one tire, this may mean that the tie rod is bent. This is a long metal rod that connects the tire to the steering column. When it gets bent, the tire is not rolling straight ahead and will then pull the car in its direction. If you continue to drive the car this way, you'll be putting lots of undue stress on that damaged tie rod; if it should snap, the tire will collapse under the wheel well. Depending on the damage, a mechanic may be able to bend it back into place or you may need that tie rod replaced completely.

Thumping by one tire

If one tire on your car thumps every time you hit a bump, this often means you have a broken spring or shock in that corner of the car. It's not absorbing that impact of the bump so that the tire smacks around in the wheel well. However, if the thumping is more consistent and you hear it when you're driving on any surface, this usually signals a bent rim of that tire. The tire is not round when it's installed over a bent rim, so it thumps as it rolls.

Stalls when you're idling

When your car stalls when idling, you may have filled the tank with poor-quality petrol that doesn't burn properly, so the engine is not getting enough fuel to maintain combustion, causing it to stall. Otherwise, the engine's idle or timing may simply need adjusting. This tells the engine how fast to rev, or pump those pistons up and down and create combustion, even when the car is not moving. If the idle or timer is set too low, the pistons don't work fast enough and the combustion dies out, and the car stalls.


16 January 2017