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What are the Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Driveshaft?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Driveshaft?

Various automobile components function to transfer the power generated by the engine to the wheels. A driveshaft is one of them. Also known as a propeller shaft, it is a rod-like part of the drivetrain and connects its different components, namely, transmission, axles, and differential with one another. The main function of the driveshaft is to convey the engine's rotational power from the transmission to the axles of the wheel. Driveshafts are commonly found in rear-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles because the transmission and axle are situated in separate areas in these vehicles, requiring a driveshaft to connect the parts and transmit power. Since driveshaft works by rotating at high speed and torque over long distances, joints, splines, and couplings are incorporated in driveshaft assembly to provide flexibility and stress-bearing ability. Here are some of the symptoms that appear when a driveshaft fails or gets damaged: The driver may experience unusual and strong vibrati ... read more

What causes a clunking noise when going over bumps?

What causes a clunking noise when going over bumps?

Is your car producing clunking noises when going over bumps? This can be quite annoying, but it is not just a mere inconvenience; it could be a serious mechanical issue. In most cases, it is a symptom of an issue with the suspension system. It might be that a part of the suspension system is loose or even broken, and therefore, you may need to seek the assistance of a mechanic as soon as you can. What Causes Clunking Noises? As mentioned above, the most likely origin of the clunking noises when your car is going over bumps is within the suspension system. However, the suspension is quite a complex system with many parts, including the springs, wheels, shock absorbers, Rods, joints, bearing, bushings, and the steering system, among others. Therefore, when your car is producing some clunking noises, locating the exact cause of the problems can be quite a daunting task. But generally, clunking noises when going over a bump are associated with issues such as; Faulty ball joints Loose b ... read more

Signs of Starter Failure

Signs of Starter Failure

Every wonderful drive that you have enjoyed in your life started with a successful operation of the starter. The starter is a small, battery-powered motor whose job is to get your engine running. Between the starter motor and the battery is a starter relay that transmits power. If the starter relay is faulty, you won't even manage to drive your car from the parking lot without a tow or a jump-start, and therefore, you will need to seek the assistance of a mechanic. Below are some of the common signs of a bad starter. Grinding Noise When Starting Grinding noise when trying to start your car is an indication that the gears that connect the flywheel and the starter could be worn out. However, in some cases, grinding might be happening inside the starter motor. But in either case, this is an issue that cannot be fixed on your car, and therefore, it is wise for you to contact a mechanic for the most appropriate steps to take. Freewheeling When Starting If you get a whining sound whe ... read more

Signs Your BMW Has a Coolant Leak

Signs Your BMW Has a Coolant Leak

High-end performance vehicles such as BMWs require consistent maintenance and service for longevity and efficiency. For top engine performance, clean coolant is essential. The engine has hot, moving metal parts, and the coolant helps regulate your engine’s temperature. While BMW is designed to last for several years, over time, it can develop leaks. Coolant leaks can have a significant impact on your engine’s operation. Below are a few common signs that indicate your BMW has a coolant leak.  Contaminated Engine Oil If there’s a faulty seal or valve, the coolant can seep out into the engine oil. This can cause a major problem. If coolant contaminates the engine oil, it will become diluted and become less effective at lubricating the engine. Coolant has properties within its ingredients that strip the engine of the oil of its lubrication prosperities that can cause your metal engine parts to corrode prematurely. Overheatin ... read more

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The Mercedes-Benz Maintenance Schedule

Basic Information for All Mercedes Owners Regular maintenance is an important part of taking care of any vehicle. For your Mercedes-Benz, keeping up with the manufacturer-recommended schedule can help you avoid costly Mercedes repair services. The schedule is broken into two types of service: A and B. Below is a little information on what to expect with each service type. A-Service Your Mercedes is equipment with a Flexible Service System that monitors your vehicle and recommends the right time for each service. Typically, you will need your first A-service at around 10,000 miles or one year of ownership. Following this, it will pop up every 20,000 miles or two years approximately. The A-service is the lesser of the two service types. These are the maintenance tasks you can expect: Motor oil change Oil filter change Fluid-level check and correction Tire-inflation check and correction Brake inspection Maintenance counter reset Some of the specifics of this service may depe ... read more

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