How to Know When Car Brakes Need Replacing

Periodic brake inspection is something that should be done to prevent surprises from occurring. Here we an example of rotors. These are the actual friction material of brake pads. This is a rotor that is worn and also a case of something that has gone way too far.

We can see here the shiny outside is an indication that things have gotten, as they say, metal to metal. This is a brake pad that is about 75% worn. This one, all of the friction material is completely gone and we’re actually down to the steel backer. So what’s happened here is that this steel backer has been actually pressing right up against the steel of the rotor itself. So how do you know where things are gone? Do you tell if things are getting close?

There are many different ways that you can tell some brake pads contain a warning tab. This warning tab here is designed to scrape against the rotor. When things start getting close, it will actually make a squealing noise. Many brake pads are not equipped with these, and the only way to tell if your brakes are getting close to going is through an actual inspection.

How to Repair a Hole in a Gas Tank

Today we’re going to talk about the proper way to repair a hole in the gas tank. Late-model automobiles have two types of materials that the gas tanks are made out of. It’s usually steel or plastic. The advantages of the plastic are they won’t rot. However, it is very possible that they could be punctured. If they’re punctured, they will have to be replaced.

A still gas tank, on the other hand, has had to deal with moisture and salt road debris. Anything else that’s flying up from the bottom of the road and rust will destroy a gas tank. If this happens, there’s a couple of different ways that it can be repaired. First and foremost, there are kits available that you would simply plug the hole, clean the gas tank up and put fiberglass over the affected area. In my experience and professional opinion, this is not the correct way to do this.

It is not worth your time and effort to go through that process, so that leaves you with two options. You’re going to have to either take it to a welder to have it professionally welded or replace it. Replacement is probably your most cost-effective and economical way to repair the hole in the gas tank.

How Long Does It Take to Paint a Car

Good afternoon. My name is Tom Burns, NOFX certified master mechanic from Redding, Pennsylvania. Today I’m going to briefly talk about how long it takes to paint a car. We’re going to include the time it takes to do to cover all your lenses, windshield wipers, and glass. While the inexperienced person will probably take a couple of hours, three, four hours to prep the car and properly tape everything off, the unexperienced tech will spend around 45 minutes to an hour to paint a vehicle and spray it in.

For an experienced person to paint their vehicle, it would take you relatively a couple of hours. Three at most. One thing I don’t recommend doing is spray painting it. It’s okay to touch up a small area, but to paint a whole vehicle, you’ll use to 30 to 40 cans.

How Much Gas Money Does a Manual Transmission Save

Good afternoon. My name is Tom Branson, a certified auto mechanic out of Wrightstown, Pennsylvania. Today I’m going to talk a little bit about how much gas does your manual transmission save. There is a huge misconception on how much you can save with a manual transmission, but it all depends on your driving.

It depends on your driving habits, whether you’d like to fly down or pull out fast. Not only will manual transmissions will save you very little gas mileage, but you will have to drive carefully in order to save. 70 or 80 miles an hour down the highway obviously isn’t going to help you. Not Pulling out fast isn’t going to help you not blocked the view drive responsibly. Keeping everyone’s speed limit to around 55 or 60 miles an hour will save them a little bit, but typically not more 10 50%.

How to Change Brake Pads

Good afternoon. My name is Tom Brunson, a certified auto mechanic out of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Today I’m going to show you how to change brake pads. The first thing you want to do is to make sure the car is all jacked up and secured nice and easy. Then you’re going to locate your two bolts. Three or four bolts holding your caliper on. Typically just take your two bolts out and make sure you’re going the right way.

After these bolts are out, take your caliper out. The last thing you want to do is let this thing hanging down by itself. Put your brake pads out of the holders nice and easy.

Take your brake pad and set in. Then take your brake caliper. You can find these at any local parts store for under $10. Put the brake caliper in there and just start turning in there. It’ll pull one side in and then the other set of the following suit.

Put your bolts back in it and just make sure you pump up your brake pedal before you move it. It’s as simple as that!

Guide for Setting Side Mirrors

Setting your rear view mirrors properly will ensure that you can always see what’s behind your car, even if you don’t have a high tech blind spot monitor or one of the new full-time rear view cameras that are hitting the market. Is there really a correct way to position your rearview mirror when it comes to side mirrors? The answer is definitely yes. Many drivers will position the side mirror to show an expanse of the side of the car. Why do that? Are you afraid to rear of the car is going to vanish if you don’t keep an eye on it. What this does is it limits the field of view of the side mirror. If you tilt the mirror outward, you start to see what it’s been missing, such as another car to position your side mirrors, make sure your driver’s seats where you want it, and then lean a little bit to the left.

Look out the side mirror and adjust it. So just the very slightest amount of the car is visible on that inside edge. Then lean a little bit to the right and do the same on the right side mirror. What this does is it allows you to see the car if you’re backing up or parking just by leaning a little bit. In most cases when driving straight, you get the full field of view out of both mirrors. With this arrangement, every car behind you three lanes wide should be visible in at least one mirror. Also, if a car passes you on the right, as soon as it leaves that right side door mirror, it should appear in the window itself. High Tech Features are Nice, but drivers should always check their blind spots no matter what features they have, and of course set their mirrors properly to see all there is to see.

How To Find A Auto Repair Shop or Mechanic

 

An auto repair shop or mechanic is an auto owner’s best friend. Even people who have knowledge in fixing their own autos have at least once in their life visited a vehicle repair shop to have a check on their auto engines. But what should motor vehicle owners look for when they need a reliable auto repair shop or mechanic that could handle any problems with their auto engines?

An auto repair shop should have competent mechanics. Mechanics that could handle multiple auto engine types is a plus when it comes to choosing the right auto repair shop to entrust your autos with. Auto repair shops with well-rounded mechanics are great especially when you have multiple vehicles of various auto engines. Even though it is not bad to go to different auto repair shops for your different auto engine types, having a single shop to provide service to all of your autos would save you time and give you convenience and ease.

A motor vehicle restoration shop that could give extra services is a plus. An automobile repair shop that could give other services other than fixing motor engines is preferred. Shops that could also provide services such as auto detailing, auto accessories installation, upholstery and things like these give a major advantage to auto owners as these type of auto repair shops could serve as a one-stop shop that could cater to all auto owner needs other than troubles with auto engines.

The service cost of an auto restoration shop is a factor. Price is one of the most vital aspects to consider when going for a vehicle restoration. Most auto repair shops can deliver quality service to auto owners and get the job done, so when services are equal, a factor to look on to is the service cost of the repair. Be auto full with shops that charge you extra for something other than repairing the motor engines that doesn’t actually mean anything to you. The good automotive repair shop does what the customer requires and does not install or do extra work unless requested to.

A motor vehicle restoration shop is an invaluable partner for auto owners. Though the said characteristics of a repair shop would sometimes be hard to find, it would be worth the search. A good auto repair shop or mechanic would mean a longer life to your motor engine, more savings, and less headache for you.  Look for our next article about successful mobile mechanic shops from our friends at Sacramento’s Best Mobile Mechanic