Ari’s Garage Oxnard Automotive Repair Since 1993

Ari's Garage Oxnard Automotive Repair Since 1993

Wheel Bearings

For those that are not aware, two different wheel bearing types are being used by cars today. Older cars use wheel bearings that are serviceable. These wheel bearings are different parts from hubs. Newer cars are the ones that utilize hub wheel bearing types. Hub bearing assemblies are pressed internally so you can’t expect them to be serviceable. After using either of these two types of wheel bearing for so long, they will eventually need replacement.

These wheel bearings function well despite all the heat and friction that it encounters. You can extend their lifespan a little by providing proper maintenance and lubrication but you should know that you will still need to replace them in time. Here are some of the signs to watch out for if you are having second doubts about replacing your wheel bearings. Check out this web link

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Water Pumps

To avoid running into the problem of a failed water pump, there are a couple warning signs that you can look for. The first is if coolant is leaking around the water pump. Weep holes located on the casing of the water pump will leak coolant when the pump is failing. The second red flag is if the water pump is making more noise than usual. This may be from a defective impeller or an impeller that’s no longer properly attached to its drive shaft.

It’s unlikely that you’ll have to diagnose your car’s water pump problems yourself, but just remember it’s always a good idea to have your water pump replaced when your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends changing the timing belt.

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Torque Converter

The torque converter is a fluid coupling that transfers power produced by the engine to the transmission above 500 to 800 RPM. These couplers allow your car to idle without driver input, and most will give tell-tale signs of impending failure before it occurs


Overheating is perhaps the most common TC problem, and usually occurs when there is a transmission fluid pressure drop, as might occur when the fluid is too low or the filter is clogged.


This is another common TC problem, and causes your car to resist acceleration while the engine continues to rev. The most common cause is low or overheated transmission fluid.



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Timing Belts

Replacing a timing belt is one of those things that scares most car owners because it is an in depth job and usually quite expensive when done at a shop. More often than not, it is actually the tensioner that goes bad, not always the belt (unless it is really old). most of the time a belt will break due to a seized pulley or bad tensioner allowing it to contact the timing cover.

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It’s relatively easy for most vehicle owners to determine when their tires, brakes and windshield wipers are worn out. Shocks and struts, on the other hand, aren’t nearly as simple to inspect, in spite of the fact that these safety-critical components are high susceptible to everyday wear and tear. Shocks and struts should be inspected by your local Monroe Expert Plus dealer or any ASE Certified Technician every time it is brought in for tire, brake or alignment services.

During a road test, a technician may notice an unusual noise originating from the suspension system. The technician may also notice that the vehicle exhibits excessive bounce, sway, or dive during braking. This could warrant additional inspection. If the shock or strut has lost a large amount of fluid, if it is bent or broken, or if it has damaged brackets or worn bushings, it should be repaired or replaced.

Generally, replacement of parts will be required if a part no longer performs the intended purpose, if the part does not meet a design specification (regardless of performance), or if a part is missing. Replacement shocks may also be installed in order to improve the ride, for preventative reasons, or to meet a special requirement; for example, load-assisting shock absorbers can be installed for leveling a vehicle that is often used to carry additional weight.

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Shock Absorbers

When to replace shock absorbers (6 noticeable signs)

When driving, a vehicle’s shocks are always in use. Like many other car components, overtime this continuous use will lead to general wear and tear and they’ll lose their ability to function properly. There are signs you need new shocks that are right under your nose. Once you know them you’ll be able to determine if you need to take your vehicle to the workshop. Here are 6 tell-tale signs you can notice for when to replace shock absorbers.

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Engine Rebuild

1) Why should people invest in rebuilding their vehicle’s engine’s as opposed to just getting rid of their car?

Rebuilding an engine is an economical option when the engine’s performance is the motivation in seeking a new or used car. Since the rebuilding process basically makes the engine “new” again, you can basically double the mileage you get from the car that you already own. Rebuilding an engine brings the cost per mile driven down drastically. The actual cost per mile benefit has too many individual differences to pin down. Purchase price and miles driven are the key cost variances.

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Rack and Pinions

Rack and pinion steering systems consist of relatively few components and typically last longer than older steering systems. Many rack and pinion systems simply need basic adjustments, such as having bolts and springs tightened, to remain effective. A rack and pinion system should be replaced when a series of standard tests performed by a qualified mechanic fail. A rack and pinion steering system will give off warning signals that key components of the system may need replacing.

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Pitnam Arm

How to Determine When to Replace a Pitman Arm

A faulty pitman arm can create a very risky situation when an automobile is in motion, as it can cause the front control arms or steering to give way. If this happens while you are driving, you may end up in a very serious accident. Fortunately, you can easily make an inspection that will prevent such an occurrence and you will drive without having to worry.

The pitman arm has joints that you need to inspect regularly in order to determine when you should make a replacement. If you notice that the joint that attaches to the middle of the rod is either sloppy or worn out, then you will need to take immediate action to make a replacement.
Check whether the real source of problem is the pitman itself or the seat’s joint. Look out for any inconsistencies along the path of contact.

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