Monthly Archives: February 2016

Brake System - How Does it Work

Brake System - How Does it Work

BRAKE SYSTEM What is it? Your car’s brake system is its most critical safety system and you should check it immediately if you suspect any problems. A properly operating brake system helps ensure safe vehicle control and operation under a wide variety of conditions. What does it do? When you push the brake pedal, the force generates hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder. This pressure flows through the hydraulic lines and hoses to the wheel cylinders and calipers, forcing the shoes against the drums (drum brakes) and the pads against the rotors (disc brakes). The resulting friction slows the vehicle and is relative to the amount of force applied at the brake pedal. Typical Wear and Tear Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they’re going to need replacement. Avoid letting your brakes get to the “metal-to-metal” point, which usually means expensive rotor or drum replacement. Factors that affect wear include driving habits and quality of ... read more

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Belts and Hoses - What do they Do ?

Belts and Hoses - What do they Do ?

BELTS AND HOSES What is it? You car’s belts and hoses are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems, and the engine. Don’t take these routine replacement intervals for granted because they can break down and leave you stranded. What does it do? The timing belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft mechanically synchronized to maintain engine timing. Whether serpentine, V-belt or fan belt (the belts on the outside of the engine), they all transmit power from the front of the engine to accessories that need to be driven, such as the air conditioning, the charging system and fans. Radiator and heater hoses carry coolant to and from the engine, radiator and heater core Typical Wear and Tear Key items that affect the replacement interval for belts and hoses: Vehicle age Electrolytic corrosion  Mileage Oil contamination Belt tension Failed hose clamps Symptoms Squeaking noise from under the hood during start-up or operation Coolant leaks ... read more

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Weird & Surprising Auto Laws from across the Country

Weird & Surprising Auto Laws from across the Country

We’re all too familiar with parking and speeding tickets… but did you know it’s illegal to drive a      black car on Sunday in Colorado? The auto repair experts at Far East Motors Service Center. Auto Repair are here to keep you informed and keep your vehicle safe – give us a call at 301-495-7300 for vehicle maintenance and stay safely on the roads in  D.C , Md , and Va.  From common sense to just plain weird, there are some unusual traffic laws across the country. And while not all of these may be strictly enforced, it’s worth a look at these surprising auto tickets: No Common Sense… It’s illegal to drive while blindfolded (Alabama) Don’t take a nap on the street… it’s illegal to “use the road as a bed” (Eureka, California) Not only is it unwise, it’s illegal to jump from a car at 65 mph (Glendale, California) Stay on the roads! It’s il ... read more

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