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Tips for Protecting Your Vehicle from Sun Damage

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

While most Arizonans already know how important it is to protect themselves from sunburn, have you ever considered the effect that the sun has on your car? Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the paint on your vehicle to fade or oxidize, damage your seats, and significantly raise your risk of an overheated engine. Here are some tips that will help you keep your car safe from the desert sun.

Stay in the shade. To protect your vehicle from the sun’s harsh rays, try to park in the shade whenever possible. Parking in your carport or in a parking garage will also help you keep your car cool on particularly hot days. If you have to park in the sun, use a windshield shade to keep out direct sunlight.

Have your car waxed. Along with washing your car regularly, you should consider having your car waxed at least once every two months. Wax will not only help to keep dirt from sticking to your car’s exterior, but will also help to shield the paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Think of it as giving your car a long-lasting coat of sunscreen.

Protect your seating. The sun’s UV rays can crack leather seats and cause cloth upholstery to fade or change color. Fortunately, you can reduce the likelihood of sun damage by adding protective seat covers to your car. Applying a leather conditioner to your seats will also help keep them looking new.

Maintain your engine. The most serious danger the sun poses to your car is causing your engine to overheat. To keep your engine running smoothly, be sure to have it professionally checked on a regular basis. You should have your battery and cooling system checked as often as the manufacturer recommends, and be sure to check and top off your fluids whenever necessary.

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Diagnosing Car Suspension Problems

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Automotive suspension systems are designed to provide a smooth ride regardless of road conditions. However, because roads are rarely perfect, your vehicle’s suspension can take a beating over time. Learning how to diagnose suspension problems can alert you to the need for professional automotive repairs before extensive damage occurs.

Testing the Shocks and Struts

One of the simplest ways to test your car’s suspension for problems is to perform a “push test” while the car is stopped. Push downward on the hood of your car for a few seconds, then release. The suspension system will compensate for the displacement by moving the car back into its optimal position. However, if your car takes more than one or two bounces to move back into place, your shocks or struts may be in need of replacement. Perform this test on both the hood and trunk of your car; you can also test individual quarters of the vehicle to determine whether the shocks and struts in one particular area are in worse shape.

Testing the Ball Joints

In addition to shocks and struts, your car’s suspension system contains ball joints at the end of each suspension tower. In order to test your ball joints, you’ll need a jack to lift the wheels of your car off the ground. Once one portion of your car is raised, use a flashlight to look into the wheel well and find the ball joint at the end of the suspension strut. Use your hand to move the wheel slightly up and down, which will simulate driving on an uneven road. If the ball begins to separate from the suspension strut as you move the wheel, have an automotive specialist repair the ball joint to prevent it from breaking while you are driving, which can cause extensive damage to your car.

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