Boots for Your Ball Joint (Ball Joint Boot Replacement)
By: Luke Shaff ~
There's a little part on your vehicle you may not know about, but when it develops a problem, getting it fixed sooner rather than later can save you a lot of money in the long run. Got your attention now?
This part is called a ball joint boot. Ball joints are part of your suspension and allow your front wheels to move up and down and turn left and right. This boot covers and protects your ball joint.
Your suspension is, of course, exposed to nasty stuff getting kicked up from the road. Stuff like rocks, salt, water, dirt, and chunks of asphalt. If all that debris were constantly hitting your ball joints, they wouldn't last very long. So, someone thought, "Hey, why not include protective ‘boots’ that go over the ball joints?" Great idea. And they work… for a while.
Those boots not only protect against debris but also against heat and friction. So, they must be flexible. In addition to keeping contaminants out of your ball joints, they also keep lubricants in and allow the hot grease to expand. This is vital to make sure metal parts are moving smoothly.
Sometimes the ball joint boots get damaged after constant assault by road junk or temperature extremes. Other times they just get old. Rubber and other flexible materials can eventually just wear out (think of old rubber bands that break because they're brittle from age). A regular suspension inspection will assess the condition of your ball joint boots. When your NAPA AutoCare Service Advisor says there's a problem with one of your ball joint boots, heed the warning. If they have a tear in them and aren't replaced, lubricant can escape the ball joint and debris can get in and start creating a destructive mess.
Also, keep in mind that if a ball joint is bad on one side, the other side might be on the verge of going, too. Replacing both ball joints and ball joint boots at the same times just makes sense.
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Happy Valentine`s Day to you - Giving some Love
By: Luke Shaff ~
Your car is happy to skip the flowers, balloons and chocolates, and will accept the love in the form of basic services. Preventative maintenance is the best way to keep your car running well.
Some preventative maintenance tips include:
- Oil Changes and Filters every 3000 miles or 3000 months. This is important to keep your engine clean on the inside
- Tire pressure checks every month – don’t forget the spare tire. Tires affect how the car rides, handles, its traction and safety.
- Windshield wipers and lights inspection every month. Wipers and lights are critically important … especial in the Pacific Northwest during the dark, long rainy winter days.
- Wheel alignment checked each year. Rough roads, potholes and normal wear and tear bump the steering and suspension. Keeping your alignment straight helps reduce the tire wear, improves your gas mileage and improves overall safety of your car.
- Tune-ups each year. A tune-up helps to optimize your overall car performance. Fine tuned engines balance power and fuel economy. Not to mention lowers emissions, so it’s good for the environment too!
Call me today if you want to show your car some love!