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What Causes Soft Brakes?

If your vehicle's brake pedal feels soft when you step on it, it is a signal that something has changed. One cause of the softer feel is a change in brake fluid. Brake fluid is inside the brake line, and if air seeps into the line, the pedal will feel soft. The brake line needs bleeding to squeeze out the air.

Sometimes the brake line has small holes or tears, which is allowing the fluid to leak out. Losing brake fluid will cause the brakes to lose hydraulic pressure. The braking will not feel firm. A leaking brake line…

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Is Your Car Engine Getting Loud?

If your car's engine is getting louder, chances are it's the exhaust system that's the problem. When corrosion causes exhaust pipes to develop holes, the engine's noise escapes before it reaches the muffler.

Other signs that your exhaust system may be leaking is a loss of fuel economy if the leak is near the engine. That's because engines are designed to use the back pressure provided by a sealed exhaust system. This can also cause the engine to vibrate more than normal as it works harder. Problems don't stop at leaks, though. Blockage of…

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Do You Know How Your Brake Pads Work?

If you use your car for purposes outside of simply going to work or driving around family and friends in San Diego, then you know that travel arrangements and vehicle repair work should be done beforehand to avoid a rush. Making preparations early will ensure that any planned vacation or road trip is well thought out and executed expeditiously. With this in mind, be aware that no car maintenance would be complete without checking your car's brake pads.

Since their job is to reduce your vehicle's speed, brake pads are always under a great deal of stress.

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A Guide to Your Vehicle’s Timing Belt

Ever hear a whining or chattering noise coming from your car engine? That's likely your timing belt. For a long time, timing belts were a precarious part that needed to be checked often in case it broke or wore down. Newer cars have strong timing belts made of rubber and nylon cord.

The timing belt is integral to ensuring that your car engine runs properly. When it starts to wear down, you may notice that there can be a jumpy feel to your engine between the camshaft and valves as they open and close. Your water pump or AC…

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Stay Aware of Emergency Workers in San Diego

There are hundreds of roadside workers losing their lives every year due to motorists not obeying the Move Over law in that state. Even though all 50 states now have a version of the Move Over law in their books, according to the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition, 200 workers are losing their lives in the line of duty because the public is not informed.

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Don't Overlook the Importance of Maintaining Your Headlights

You may not realize it, but your headlights will at some point need some maintenance done on them too. Over time, you are sure to notice them start to dim, and at this point, it becomes a safety issue. Your headlights not only allow you to see at night, but they allow you to be seen as well.

Usually, the dimming starts because of the plastic housings. These will start to fog over due to time and sun damage. There are many different polishes and compounds that can clear this up for you, but in the long run, it is…

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