Lug nuts on an Audi

How To Inspect or Remove Your Lug Nuts

Keep those lug nuts on your car!

Most people pay no attention to their lug nuts, but making sure all of them are there and tightened properly is important to you safety.  Here is good advice and a video from AutoRepair.com:

You should check the tightness of the lug bolts on all four wheels on a regular basis. If you have had any work done on the car, be sure to double check after 10 or 20 miles. Properly checking them will make your car safe.

Source: How To Inspect or Remove Your Lug Nuts

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Chevy Colorado ZR2 Shocks Explained: Inside the Multimatic DSSV

ZR2 Shock Sorcery: Chevy Colorado ZR2 Shocks Explained – Inside the Multimatic DSSV

Learn how well the new shocks work and, more importantly for car heads, how and why they work. First, for a little history:

Suspension damping technology has remained relatively unchanged for the past 100 years. Conventional dampers (known to the layperson as shock absorbers) work by forcing a piston through a chamber filled with pressurized hydraulic fluid. Orifices in the piston direct fluid flow, while stacked washers, known as shims, control the rate at which the oil passes through. Throughout the years there have been advancements in shock absorber technology, but the basic theory has remained the same. Shocks can be commonly found in twin-tube and mono-tube, while racing applications have given us position-sensitive damping (also known as bypass, both internal and external), large-diameter bodies, and remote reservoirs. When Chevrolet set to engineering the Colorado ZR2, it could have easily tapped industry stalwarts Fox, King, or Bilstein. Instead, it commissioned the engineers at Multimatic, who were behind the revolutionary dampers used on the ’14 Camaro Z/28, to design and build the shock absorbers for the company’s new off-road warrior.

And the basics:  These shocks (aka dampers) replace all the old internal hardware completely:

In Multimatic’s DSSV dampers, spool valves replace the traditional piston and shims. Each spool valve has a spring-loaded valve that opens and closes at a variable rate depending on the speed of the damper’s shaft. Further, the orifices in the spool valve can be adjusted, allowing engineers to make the dampers firmer or softer depending on the amount of force being applied to the spool valves. For example, the Keyholes (as Multimatic calls them) can be tuned so that under light pressure (such as cruising down the road) the dampers are soft and compliant, and then under heavy load (such as large bumps while off-roading) the dampers can firm up.

And how well do they work?

Over the years, we’ve driven a multitude of vehicles with both internal- and external-bypass shocks. We’ve got to say, even with the limited wheel travel of the ZR2, the DSSV dampers work phenomenally well. They absorb big hits without any discomfort to the passengers while not creating any awkward vehicle movements. We still need more seat time before really casting judgment, but our first impressions are nothing but positive.


Source: Chevy Colorado ZR2 Shocks Explained: Inside the Multimatic DSSV

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Airbag Recalls are Serious Business

Pay attention:  If your airbag does not work when it’s supposed to, you could pay a steep penalty:

There has been a lot of attention on airbag problems since the massive Takata airbag recall. If you don’t remember it, this was the ongoing case involving airbags that had a likelihood of sending shards of metal flying toward driver or passenger in the event of airbag deployment. While this was a serious, and huge, recall that got a lot of publicity, any airbag recall should be taken seriously. There have been numerous recalls issued involving vehicle airbags, and if your car or truck is involved you should absolutely have it repaired. Safety recalls like the Toyota accelerator pedal issue can be a big deal.

The list in this latest recall includes:

  • Honda Accord
  • Ford Transit
  • Chevy Malibu
  • Chrysler 200
  • BMW 740 and 750

And don’t miss this recall of Nissan and Infiniti models:  Nissan Airbag Recall Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Source: Airbag Recalls are Serious Business

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When Do You Need a Muffler Replacement?

Time for a Muffler Replacement?

Muffler replacement is something most of us don’t think about very often, and for good reason.  They just don’t need replacement that often.

How do you know when it’s time?

  • Sound: Usually your car will get louder as the muffler wears out.  Listen for changes in the pitch or for a rougher, louder sound
  • Smell:  You may start smelling exhaust fumes, something that should never happen. This calls for fast action to prevent possible carbon monoxide issues.
  • Sight:  This is harder to do for your average car owner, since the muffler is hidden.  A good sight inspection may confirm what you are seeing and smelling, however.

If you encounter problems, you probably need a muffler replacement.  It is possible to do it at home, but if you aren’t the type to do it, or you don’t have the time, take your car to TKS Automotive, and we’ll do a professional muffler replacement for you.

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Four Car Myths Debunked

Car Myths Debunked

We all have our favorite stories about car care and repair, and our favorite sayings about cars.  Auto repair expert Matthew Wright debunks four common myths in his post on AutoRepair.com:

Car myths are all over the place. Here are four of my favorites that are circulated as wisdom on a regular basis.

1. Rolling the windows down in hot weather saves gas.

I can remember driving around with my father on a hot, Georgia summer day with the windows down, drenched in sweat. As soon as I was old enough to embrace the beauty of the smart-ass question, I asked him, “Dad, why are we driving around with the windows down, do you need help learning the AC?” Instead of pulling the car over and leaving me on the side of a hot, Georgia road, he explained that he was saving money by saving gas.

The air conditioner uses engine power, which wastes gas, he explained.

Sorry Dad, you were wrong! There have been plenty of studies at this point, including the very scientific evaluation seen on Mythbusters, which all show that there is no benefit in gas mileage by driving with the windows down. The loss in aerodynamics produced by an open car outweighs any savings that could have been seen in burned fuel. If you like driving with the windows down, go ahead, but don’t do it because you think you’re saving money at the pump.

If you want to know what other common wisdom is not so wise, ask your trusted mechanic at TKS Automotive.  And get professional auto repair while you are there.

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Source:  Four Car Myths Widely Accepted as Truth

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