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What Are the Warning Symptoms of Bad Suspension?

What Are the Warning Symptoms of Bad Suspension?

All automobiles nowadays come equipped with shocks, struts, or a combination of both. Both shocks and struts make up your suspension system. Your car ride would feel unstable, uncomfortable, and unsafe without a functional suspension system. Your suspension also helps you attain better control and balance of your car when driving. You may be wondering what the signs of bad or worn suspension parts are.   Here are some of the warning signs of ineffective shocks and struts: You may experience excessive bouncing, rolling, and rocking when driving over road bumps, including potholes, railroad tracks, and speed bumps, requiring you to grab hold of your steering wheel. You may notice uneven wear on your tires due to worn suspension parts. Inefficient shocks and struts will prevent your tires from grasping the road. You may feel vibrations or shakiness from your steering wheel.  Your vehicle might pull left or right when trying to drive straight. You may also notice leaks or ... read more

Why Does My Vehicle Feel Sluggish?

Why Does My Vehicle Feel Sluggish?

Imagine stepping on the gas pedal, and instead of accelerating, your car slows down and seemingly loses power. Believe it or not, this problem is quite common. And most of the time, it is linked to your fuel system or exhaust system. These are some of the most common causes for vehicle sluggishness: Clogged Fuel Filter Your fuel filter is responsible for filtering the dust and particles out of your gasoline before it reaches the engine. Over time, the filter can get clogged. When this happens, your fuel pump will need to work harder to do its job. Thus, the flow of gasoline will be inconsistent as it enters the combustion chamber. Dirty or Damaged Fuel Injector or Pump The fuel injector helps manage the rate of fuel flow. And the fuel pump pulls the gas from the tank into the injectors. When either of these parts fails, the gas distribution process will not be efficient. Worn Out Clutch When your clutch can't engage your transmission with the engine properly, your car will su ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Ready for School?

Is Your Vehicle Ready for School?

You heard that right. Summer is coming to a close, and if you have children, that means carpools to and from school. We will need a reliable ride for trips to buy back-to-school supplies and races to the grocery store for snacks. The last thing we would want is for your car, SUV, or truck to be stuck on your morning or afternoon commute with a breakdown. We're always looking out for you at 515 Motorsport, which is why we've put together this checklist of procedures you should have done to your vehicle before the kiddos are on their way. We all know oil changes are essential, which is why you should always be on top of them! Open your hood and use your dipstick to inspect your motor oil. We don't want your little ones to be late for class with a dead battery. Make sure you pack a pair of jumper cables in your trunk. And for extra protection, you can come by our shop to have your battery tested. Inspect your interior and exterior lights. You want to see the road and others ... read more

Here's Why You Should Not Run Your Gas Tank Empty

Here's Why You Should Not Run Your Gas Tank Empty

Nothing is more anxiety-inducing than seeing that your low gas warning light come on your dash, especially if you're not near a gas station. If you don't want to be mistaken in this scenario, we highly advise you get in the excellent habit of filling up before the warning light comes on. An empty gas tank can be the cause of multiple problems. Here are some of them: Chance of Being Stranded. As mentioned before, it can be very stressful to run your gas tank that low. You could be stuck on the side of the road with no gas left in your car. Of course, you can call up a friend or family nearby. But, if no one is available or close by, you'd have to fork out money for roadside assistance. Damage to Catalytic Converter. Your catalytic converter is an essential part of your vehicle's exhaust system. Right before you stall out, your catalytic converter can take damage. And this car part is not cheap to replace. Overheating of Fuel Pump. Your vehicle's fuel pump is engin ... read more

Why Does My Steering Wheel Feel So Rigid?

Why Does My Steering Wheel Feel So Rigid?

Whenever you neglect basic maintenance and service appointments, your vehicle is more susceptible to damages, especially your steering wheel. Over time, the wheel can become stiff and show significant signs of wear. As a competent driver, you should never ignore firmness in a steering wheel.   Here are some of the most common problems that result in a stiff steering wheel: Cracked Serpentine Belt If you strain to turn the steering wheel, this can signify problems with the serpentine belt. This part of your vehicle gets worn out rather quickly. If it becomes dull or damaged, then it will have to get replaced entirely.  Malfunctioning Steering Rack If your steering wheel feels heavier than usual, there may be an issue with the steering rack. Prolonged exposure to hot temperatures or excessive road rubble can be attributed to this problem.   Low on Power Steering Fluid If you don't remember when the last time you topped off your power steering fluid, then y ... read more

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