A full service will include fluid level checks and or changes depending on the system. Hydraulic fluid is hydroscopic (attracts and absorbs water) and should be changed at regular intervals. Water in hydraulic fluid has the potential to corrode the system from the inside with predictable results. Coolant is another critical fluid to a car’s performance and engine longevity. Coolant degrades over time and loses its ability to inhibit corrosion inside the engine and also its cooling efficiency.
A full service will pick up any potential cooling system problem including leaks from the radiator, cap, water pump, cylinder head or gasket and hoses. A full service will also among other things, tell you the condition of the brake pads, battery condition, steering alignment, tyre tread depth, suspension condition, oil leaks of any sort, exhaust leaks or corrosion, even how well the door locks are working.
And the best thing apart from having a fully functional, safe car is that with a complete service history, the car will be worth more when you sell it.
REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE
The steering system takes the rotation of the steering wheel and converts into the swiveling motion of the wheels.
Steering and suspension parts are what connect your wheels to the rest of your vehicle. The suspension can include parts like shocks or struts, control arms, and sway bars, which serve to keep handling steady for safer braking and to maintain ride level and comfort by easing the effect of driving over any bumps or potholes. Steering can include parts like the steering rack, tie rods, and pitman arms, which serve to give the driver control over the vehicle by steering the wheels.
The most obvious sign you need to replace steering or suspension parts would be any abnormal handling while driving. For steering parts, you may feel a looseness in steering, or, if the parts are wearing down more towards one side, the vehicle might have a tendency to pull to that side of the road. Hearing a clunk each time you drive over a bump may be a sign that tie rods are loose. If you’re ever skeptical, you can check the parts by trying to move them by hand to feel for any looseness. If a part has too much play, it should be replaced.
As for suspension, if the car has a lot of bounce, or if your ride comfort has considerably waned, the struts or shocks might need to be replaced. This is especially true for cars that encounter a lot of off-roading or poorly maintained roads. Poor shocks and struts might be punctured or leaking fluid, and they might also leave cupping in your tires. If you’re unsure, a good way to check the suspension is to perform a jounce test. Simply push down on the hood or trunk and if the vehicle bounces more than once or twice, you may need to look into restoring your suspension. Putting off these issues can lead to worse problems like uneven tire wear.
Getting a transmission fluid change and transmission flush is important maintenance for your vehicle’s health, that’s why vehicle manufacturers recommend regularly scheduled transmission service. If you keep up with your transmission maintenance, your car can run newer, stronger longer. We also offer truck transmission services, which is needed for trucks that tow under heavy conditions. Our trained technicians can take care of all your vehicle transmission needs and keep your car functioning at peak performance. Whatever your vehicle mileage, Axess will service your transmission according to your vehicle’s manufacturer recommendations.
Take care of your engine, and your car has a better chance of lasting for the long haul. With something as important as vehicle engine repair, trust our trained and qualified mechanics at Axess. When your “Check Engine” light is flashing, it’s time to take your vehicle to our workshop. Our certified technicians will be able to tell you what’s going on under the hood. From emissions diagnostics to car engine repairs, part replacements to general engine routine maintenance, we at Axess offer complete engine care.
- Brakes are available as disc or drums, older vehicles tend to have drum brakes while new models incorporate disc brakes. Both systems use friction and resistance to bring the vehicle to a stop.
- Disc brakes have a rotor that is connected to the wheel. Brake pads grind against the rotor, creating friction, which brings the car to a stop. Over time, brake pads and rotors will wear down and have to be replaced.
- Drum brakes work on the same principal. A drum is attached to the wheel and when the brake pedal is engaged, brake shoes press against the drum, slowing the vehicle. Brake shoes, like pads will wear out over time.
Could you be experiencing some issues?
- Loss of Hydraulic Pressure: The brake system uses hydraulic pressure to push the brake pads against the rotors. If there is a leak in the hydraulic system the brakes will not provide the correct stopping power.
- Worn Brake Pads: Brake pads will wear out over time. Contact with the rotor produce a squealing noise when they get too thin. If the brakes are squealing the pads should be replaced. If the squealing turns into a grinding noise, the pads have worn through completely, this can damage the rotors which is a much more expensive repair.
- Stuck Caliper: The calipers push the brake pads against the rotors. If a caliper gets stuck, the vehicle will pull to one side. A failing brake hose can cause this issue.
- Warped Rotors: If the rotors are exposed to stress, such as towing or mountain driving, they can warp. Warped rotors will cause the vehicle to vibrate and shake while braking.
- Worn Brake Shoes: This is basically the drum brake version of worn brake pads for disc brakes. The shoes will squeal when they are too thin and need to be replaced. A grinding noise indicates shoes that have been worn through completely.
Regular engine tune-ups bring power and efficiency back to your car. At Axess, we visually inspect all of your engine components and install new parts (including spark plugs and fuel filters) as needed. After a car tune-up, you’ll discover your engine starts easier, runs smoother and is more efficient. A regular engine tune-up will lower emissions, improve fuel economy and restore lost power. When you get car tune-ups based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations, you’re investing in the long-term health of your car, saving you time and money.
One of the simplest, most effective and inexpensive ways to help protect the life of your car, especially its engine, is to change the oil and the oil filter regularly.
Your battery is the heart of your car’s “get up and go.” Without a healthy battery supported by healthy electrical systems, your car isn’t going anywhere. To help keep you on the road in all weather conditions, Axess offers a variety of battery testing and replacement, including free battery checkups.
Whether you’re experiencing symptoms of battery failure, like a slow engine crank, or simply prefer to stay ahead of major problems with little acts of preventative car maintenance, we have a car battery test for you!
When you drive, the parts within your engine are creating some serious friction and that friction generates heat. A car’s radiator has the important task of keeping the engine cool. Radiator repair and maintenance is essential to the health of your engine and your vehicle. The most common radiator repairs involve simple part replacement and radiator fluid exchange. Additionally, most vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing coolant antifreeze at regular intervals. Our trained and qualified mechanics will assess the state of your radiator and service your cooling system fully.