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Auto Repair in Mint Hill – Should I Get My Car Checked Out Before a Trip?

As the holiday season is in full swing, Almost 100 million Americans travel. Maybe its for  vacation, maybe its to see family on Christmas r Thanksgiving. Either way, the odds of you being one of the 100 million is likely. If you’re one of the people driving tis holiday season, there is an important question to ask yourself – “Is my car ready for a trip?”

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Hopefully your adventures will be safer than the Griswolds’ this season.

Is My Car Ready?

Aside from packing and bringing coffee to stay awake during a road trip, there are many things your car needs checked before a road trip. Any funny noises you’ve been putting off – now is the time t have those looked at. Tires are extremely crucial – a low tire is a potential blowout on the way there. Brakes are also an important piece, as not being able to stop is always dangerous. Other minor things to look at include the speedometer accuracy, fluid levels, and if cruise control works.

If anything that a professional looks over is brought up as “bad,” the best time to replace is before a road trip. It is always best to be safe than sorry, because a tow across multiple states can cost hundreds. Even things that seem like nothing – a belt, for instance, can cause the whole car to stop running should it break.

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Is your vehicle ready for the elements?

Where Can I Get My Car Checked Over for a Trip?

Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill has a 49.99 Trip inspection that covers everything from tires to fluids to belts. Nothing is left out. Should you wish to check your vehicle over for a trip, be sure to call us at 704-545-4597 or email us at kenmanchster1@gmail.com.

Auto Repair in Mint Hill – Do I Need a Power Steering Flush?

The average vehicle on the road today weighs about 4,000 pounds. That’s two tons! Cars today weigh much more than their classic counterparts for two main reasons – more efficient engines and cabin comfort. To wheel such a beast is no easy task. Early cars were so hard to drive that when power steering first came out, it was almost overpowered – some companies advertised cars that could be steered with only a pinky finger. Today, we know how to balance power steering properly – not too much but not too little. Achieving such a balance requires a very accurate positioning and maintenance of the power steering system. One of the most important parts, the lifeblood, of most modern power steering is called power steering fluid.

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A bottle of Power Steering Fluid.

What is power steering fluid?

Power steering fluid is essentially what makes power steering possible. When you steer, power steering fluid applies pressure to a system called the rack-and-pinion. For example, if you steer to the left, fluid is used to apply pressure to the left side of a piston, mounted to the rack. Think of it as a crane helping you lift something no human has the strength to lift – you are the brain, the input, the control center – the fluid is the brawn, the workhorse, the crane.

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Power Steering system. Image courtesy of Buzzle.

Why do cars need their fluid flushed?

Power steering fluid, much like oil, will get dirty over time. Deteriorating rubber, bits and pieces of dirt and grime, and a slew of other things can get into the fluid. When the fluid has debris in it, it is harder to be pushed around to help you steer – causing premature wear.

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A Power Steering Flush. Image courtesy of 2CarPros.

When should I get my power steering fluid flushed?

This is usually a case-to-case event. Some cars actually give out a certain milage when it should be replaced in the owner’s manual, while some cars do not. The most obvious of signs include having a harder time steering the car or if when you turn the steering wheel you hear noises.

Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill, LLC has the latest equipment and experienced technicians who can flush your power steering fluid with peak efficiency. If you feel its time to flush your power steering fluid, call us at 704-545-4597

Auto Repair in Mint Hill – Do I Need Wiper Blades?

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Have you ever caught yourself driving in a storm, and as you go to turn on your wiper blades, you realize, they just smear your windshield, and don’t really wipe anything? This is not an uncommon happening. For most people, you only think about windshield wipers when you need them, not on a sunny, 75 degree day.

In Mint Hill, 32.6% of the year is rainy days. That’s almost a third of the year! It is crucial to have a wiper blade system that works.

What a wiper blade?

A wiper blade is a simple construction of a rubber strip similar to a squeegee attached to a plastic or metal arm. All cars have at least one, almost all have two, and some cars with a hatchback have 3. Vary rarely do cars have 4 or more wipers, but it is possible. The wiper attaches to a clamp device called the arm (on most cars, it is a simple hook, others are more complex) which sets the path for the wiper to follow.

How do I know if I need new wiper blades?

The easiest way to know is simply turn them on doing rain. If they don’t wipe well, they need to be replaced. Other reasons for replacement can be pieces of the rubber missing, a broken arm, or the rubber is scratching the windshield. Depending on blade quality, blades can last 3 months to a year.

How many kinds of blade are there?

There are three main kinds of wiper blades – Standard, Premium (sometimes called Flex) and Exact-Fit. Standard blades usually use metal arms and are designed to be a semi-form-fitting blade. A Premium blade usually uses a plastic base, so it can flex and perfectly fit your windshield. An Exact-Fit is usually a small wiper for the rear windshield, and only designed to fit one specific type of vehicle. It usually does not matter what your car came with, Standard or Premium should fit, but an Exact-Fit is on a case-to-case basis.

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An Exact-Fit blade for Toyota hatchbacks.

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A standard blade.

Where can I get wiper blades?

Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill, LLC has a wide variety of both standard and flex blades at our disposal. We’ll do everything from removal of the old blade to applying the new. You can always set up an appointment at 704-545-4597.