Yearly Archives: 2021

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

Symptoms to Look Out for When Applying Your Brakes

Symptoms to Look Out for When Applying Your Brakes

If you are used to your car, you probably know everything about your car brakes - their usual sounds, how the pedals feel, and their effective stopping distance. That said, any change in their performance - say unusual noises and weird smells-should signal that something is wrong with your braking system. Given its importance, it is integral that every component of your braking system always remains in top conditions. If you notice any of the following symptoms when braking, have it inspected and repaired by a mechanical expert at our shop as soon as possible. Brake Pad Vibration Your vehicle's brake pedals will mainly vibrate when your motors are warped. This can be due to rough driving and regular sudden braking or operating on old, thin rotors. Have our technicians inspect the braking system, check the rotor's condition, and help you replace them. High-Pitched Screeching Your brakes' screeching indicates that your pads are beginning to wear out and require a replace ... read more

How to Take Better Care of Your Car Tires

How to Take Better Care of Your Car Tires

Tires are some of the most important components of your car. Without them, your car will not move, and when they are worn out, they put you at the risk of accidents. As such, taking good care of your car tires will not only improve their lifespan but also keep you safe on the road. Below are some of the tips that you can count on to keep your car tires in good shape. Inspect the Tires More Often Tires are not car parts to be installed and forgotten. Indeed, you need to keep checking their condition regularly. For instance, you need to check them before every road trip and when cleaning your car. During these inspections, you need to look for issues such as low pressure, bulges, cracks, and objects such as screws, nails, and glass. If such objects have pierced the side of the tire, then it will have to be replaced. Rotate the Tires Regularly The weight of your car is not evenly distributed, and therefore, tires do not wear out at the same rate. To prevent uneven tread wear, you need ... read more

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