What Your Mechanic Doesn't Want You to Know

Written by Austin C. Davis

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Hitting a curb or large pot hole can causerepparttar wheel weights to come off, and sometimesrepparttar 108453 weights sling offrepparttar 108454 wheel at high speed if they were not installed properly. Out-of-round or out-of-balance will not cause a pull inrepparttar 108455 front end, but will definitely cause shakes and shimmies. If you can drive out of a shake or shimmy by varyingrepparttar 108456 speed ofrepparttar 108457 car, it is a good clue that you have an out-of-balance problem. A simple way to check tire balance: ifrepparttar 108458 shimmy is present at one speed, but better or not present at a different speed, then a balance problem is likely. An out-of-round tire or a bent wheel will usually produce a wobble or shimmy at all speeds, and replacement ofrepparttar 108459 tire or wheel is usuallyrepparttar 108460 cure.

Regular tire rotation isrepparttar 108461 best way to extendrepparttar 108462 life of a tire. Ask your mechanic which way to rotaterepparttar 108463 tires depending on howrepparttar 108464 tread is wearing. Crossing tires in an "X" pattern is usuallyrepparttar 108465 standard way to rotate most tires, but movingrepparttar 108466 front tires torepparttar 108467 back in some cases is recommended to placerepparttar 108468 best tires onrepparttar 108469 front. The majority ofrepparttar 108470 stopping power ofrepparttar 108471 vehicle comes fromrepparttar 108472 front brakes, sorepparttar 108473 best tires should stay onrepparttar 108474 front for safety. Caution: Some tires are "directional" and must stay on one side ofrepparttar 108475 vehicle, due torepparttar 108476 fact thatrepparttar 108477 tire was made forrepparttar 108478 tread to only travel in one direction.

A vibration or shaking that is felt inrepparttar 108479 steering wheel only whenrepparttar 108480 brakes are applied is not a front end alignment problem, but a brake problem. Haverepparttar 108481 brakes inspected and make sure to tell your mechanic aboutrepparttar 108482 shaking that you feel inrepparttar 108483 steering wheel when you applyrepparttar 108484 brakes. This vibration may not be felt byrepparttar 108485 mechanic on a quick test drive aroundrepparttar 108486 block, so be specific. During this brake inspection, it would also be a great time to rotaterepparttar 108487 tires since you are already payingrepparttar 108488 labor to removerepparttar 108489 wheels.

I have developed a quick and easy to use maintenance schedule that can help keep you up-to-date onrepparttar 108490 items mentioned above. These schedules are free for you to view and print out


Austin Davis comes from a family that has been in the auto repair industry for over 64 years. Austin speaks at local civic events, at area clubs and organizations and has written a book “What Your Mechanic Doesn’t Want You To Know”. His book is about how to find an honest mechanic, and the simple steps to keep them honest. Austin points out that it is usually what the customer says or does that can cause them to be taken advantage of by a repair “professional.”

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