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Everything Your Car Needs - Systems and Maintenance
When your air conditioner blows only mildly cool air or no cool air at all, it could be low on refrigerant and need a system recharge. In order to properly service this closed system, a qualified technician must inspect the system for obvious leaks in hoses, pipes, and the air-conditioning compressor, and make repairs as necessary. After a full and complete inspection the remaining refrigerant is extracted and recycled. Fresh refrigerant is then added to the system.
Air filters reside in the air-intake system to catch dirt and other particles before they can damage internal engine parts.
Modern cars also have a cabin air filter which catches dirt, debris and airborne allergens which travel through the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.
The anti-lock braking system uses speed sensors to determine if one or more wheels are trying to lock up during braking. If a wheel tries to lock up, a series of hydraulic valves limit or reduce the braking on that wheel. This prevents skidding and allows you to maintain steering control.
A dashboard ABS warning light is supposed to come on for a few seconds every time a vehicle is started, however if it comes on while you're driving it may signal a malfunction.
Batteries have a life expectancy of approximately 5 years. They require periodic testing to make sure they are operating properly.
Brake fluid, which is contained in the lines of the hydraulic brake system, is hydroscopic and absorbs moisture from the surrounding environment. When the fluid is fresh, it contains zero percent water and is working at its peak capacity. As the brakes are used, moisture seeps in through seams within the system and raises the water content. This results in a diminished stopping ability. Additionally, over time, the moisture can cause internal corrosion in the brake lines, calipers, the master cylinder and other components.
When it comes to brakes, there are no good vibrations. The most likely reason that you feel vibrations through the brake pedal is because a rotor — the rotating disc that the brake pads are pressed against — is unevenly worn, or "warped."
The check engine light warns drivers that something is wrong and occurs when the computer issues an error message. There are dozens of possibilities as to why a vehicles Check Engine Light has illuminated. When this warning light comes on, a code will be generated which can be read by connecting a diagnostic scanner to the vehicle's on-board diagnostic system and will steer your mechanic to specific areas and help find the cause.
Cooling systems maintain the engines proper operating temperatures. An engine typically overheats due to heavy use in combination with low coolant. If you find your vehicle often overheats it may be an indication of a larger problem and a professional mechanic should be consulted.
Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which affects how they make contact with the road.
Some problems are not as clear and concise as others. Using state-of-the-art software and combined 115 years of experience, Pinnacle Motor Works is able to investigate your concerns and make the proper repair recommendations.
Modern automotives could be described as "rolling computers". Modules, Kbus, CANbus, and junction boxes are hidden throughout the body and can malfunction much like any other computerized device.
Modern exhaust systems are usually made of galvanized steel or stainless steel, but that doesn't mean they, or the parts which hold the exhaust components in place, last forever. Heat, debris, road salt and moisture can all cause rust and corrosion in the exhaust system.
An oil and filter change involves removing and disposing of the used oil and filter and replacing them with fresh components. We recommend having changing the oil and filter every 5,000 miles and no less than once per year regardless of use.
Power steering assists the driver in directing the vehicles direction. Hydraulic power steering needs to have the fluid and filter changed periodically to maintain proper performance.
A shock is a suspension component which controls the up-and-down motion of a vehicle's wheels. More accurately referred to as dampers, shocks reduce excessive motion, keeping the vehicle's body from bouncing down the road.
A strut is a type of shock absorber which has a structural role in a vehicle's suspension; it is mounted inside coil springs on strut-type suspensions. The strut includes a shock absorption element as well as serves to position the wheels.
Spark plugs are used in gasoline powered internal combustion engines to ignite the compressed air-fuel mixture which powers the engine. The plugs sit inside the ignition coils which are in turn inserted into the engine. The type, size, and style of spark plug and ignition coil varies by make and model of vehicle; using the right parts are crucial to proper vehicle performance. We recommend replacing the spark plugs and ignition coils every 60,000 miles.
Starters and alternators, along with batteries, are components of the starting system. When these mechanisms malfunction the vehicle will not start or run properly.
The timing belt is a notched rubber belt where as the timing chain is made of metal links. These timing components enable the crankshaft to drive the camshaft, facilitating the valves. Without them the engine cannot run.
Whether its patching a puncture, installing a new set of tires, straitening a bent rim, or refinishing a wheel Pinnacle Motor Works is here to help.
Your vehicles transmission transfers power from the engine to the wheels of the car. Fluid inside of the transmission provides the power/force required to shift into different gears while helping to cool and lubricate your vehicle’s transmission’s internal parts. We recommend replacing the transmission fluid and filter every 60,000 miles.