Land Rover Discovery Vision concept previews the alien tech SUV
With a lot of noise and smoke and blue lighting, Land Rover announced Monday night that it would be reaunching its Discovery SUV as a family of vehicles in 2015. The current Discovery is sold in the United States as the LR4, but the new Discovery will spawn a fresh product line, though the concept that they introduced tonight on the USS Intrepid certainly looked quite a bit like the old one.
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Parking Brake Repair: A How to Guide
Parking brake repair is something that must be done as part of any routine maintenance on a braking system. The parking brake is actually a very, very important part of the safety of the vehicle. The repair of a parking brake is very simple for any do it…
The end of summer is nigh, which means one thing: fall and winter are both fast on their way. If you’re kicking yourself for not having taken that road trip you’ve always dreamed of taking, there’s still time. But you better bust a move before the weather turns. Here are five essential tips to…
When to Replace Your Brake Pads
Fewer auto component breakdowns are as ulcer-inducing as brake failures.
Whether you narrowly avoided an accident on a Bay Area highway when your brakes suddenly failed in the freeway; or you’re concerned because your brakes have been squeaking, squealing, groaning, or making other disconcerting noises, you need professional attention, ASAP.
Causes of Brake Noises
Not all brake noises are created “equal.” Some indicate serious malfunctions that require a mechanic’s touch ASAP; others indicate a minor problem – or perhaps no problem at all.
- A squealing noise might indicate that the pads are so worn down that the emergency indicator is now in contact with the disc brake rotor. Seek assistance ASAP.
- If the brakes squeak when you step on them, the cause could simply be dust or sand or other detritus crystallizing under the surface of the brake pad. Sandpaper can actually remove this layer of grime. But in some cases, the entire pad gets crystallized. In that case, the pad must be removed and replaced.
- Squeaking can also indicate other issues, so see a specialist rather than self-diagnose the problem.
- If your brakes are just simply not as powerful as they once were – that is, your car glides gently to stops (in a disconcerting way), the brake system could contain air or could be on the verge of a complete breakdown. Again, seek a certified brake technician ASAP.
- Your braking system is a sensitive, multi-faceted, interdependent system. If your brake fluid, for instance, is inappropriate, low or contaminated, this problem could cause the entire braking apparatus to “break down” (so to speak). Depending on your vehicle and driving habits, you likely want to replace the fluid at least every 24,000 miles or 24 months.
Cost Estimates Can Range Wildly
If you just need to sandpaper a semi-crystallized pad, the job should be quick and relatively inexpensive. If you need to replace your entire braking system and also repair/undo damage to other automotive systems, the job could take much longer and cost more.
Avoid skimping on price and quality. If your brakes fail due to shoddy mechanical workmanship, you could die or kill other people. That being said, some used brake parts are perfectly suitable as replacements. Especially those brake parts without moving parts. And used parts can sometimes be rebuilt and put back to good shape.
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5 Quick Tips to Buying a Used Car in the Bay Area
New California Law May Give Consumers a False Sense of Security
Many of us when purchasing a used vehicle rely on the local car dealer to provide us with all the current information about that vehicle’s history. However it’s important to know what to ask for to make sure you have all of the information available about the car.
This July, a new law went into effect that requires car dealers to provide a government report known as NMVTIS (National Motor Vehicle Title Information System) to used car buyers. The new law may help consumers get some information about a car’s past but it’s important for car buyers to know that it does not track detailed vehicle history such as airbag deployment, open recalls, frame damage, and other important safety data.
Buying a car is a major decision and it is essential to receive the most accurate and complete information about the used car before making a purchasing decision.
Five important tips to follow when purchasing a used vehicle:
Ask the seller for a commercially available vehicle history report. There
is a big difference between the government mandated report NMVTIS (National Motor Vehicle Title Information System) and commercially available reports such as CARFAX and AutoCheck. In the NMVTIS disclaimer it states, “[NMVTIS] does not contain detailed information regarding a vehicle’s repair history.” It is best to ask the car dealer for other comprehensive vehicle history reports and not only rely on NMVTIS that provides limited information.
Ask questions! Make sure when you are purchasing a used vehicle that you ask questions and inquire about the vehicle’s history. Do not assume that the government report has all of the accurate information regarding the vehicle’s history such as airbag deployment, structural damage and open recalls on auto parts.
Examine the used vehicle that you are about to purchase. Have the car checked out by a mechanic before making any purchasing decisions. Make sure to test drive the car under varied road conditions — on hills, highways, and in stop-and-go-traffic. And, make sure to ask for the car’s maintenance record from the dealer, which can be found in a commercial vehicle history report.
Don’t stop looking until you find the best deal. Buying a safe and reliable used car may take some time. Don’t rush into a purchase until you’re comfortable with the purchase price, the vehicle’s history, and a safety and mechanical inspection.
Know the facts! The truth is that this new law gives consumers a false sense of security. Dealers are required to provide the government report but this report does not provide a detailed vehicle history. Make sure that when you go to make the big purchase of buying a used vehicle that you are informed on every aspect of the car. Purchasing a car that has previous damages could be a safety risk for you and your family. Be an informed consumer by knowing the facts and knowing your rights.
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Run-Flat Tires: The Safest Choice for Roadside Changes?
There is nothing more exasperating than pulling over on a busy highway and discovering that one of your tires has blown out. Most Bay Area drivers don’t know the first thing about how to change a flat tire or deal with a tire blowout. To that end, many people are turning to new kind of device to help drivers get through flat tire emergencies. This is called a run-flat tire.
A run flat tire lets you do just that — run your car on a flat tire. You just attach the device and drive to a service station. No need to get all messy and bent out of shape trying to figure out how to change a tire on the side of the freeway. Run flat tires feature stiff sidewall material inserts, and they can potentially last up to 100 miles. They also include an internal monitoring system to help you identify potential changes in pressure. Obviously, you don’t want your run-flat tire to give out on you and confront you with the prospect of yet another blow out accident.
Surveys suggest that run-flats offer improved stability in addition to the added convenience. They can also be useful for vehicles that don’t typically come with spare tires.
On the other hand, the ride can be rough and bumpy on these tires. They are also typically more expensive than normal spare tires, and many tire dealers do not carry them. Finally, if you ignore the warnings from the tire pressure monitoring system, you could suffer back-to-back blowouts, as we discussed above.
Industry analysts believe that run-flats may become more and more common because of the convenience/safety/stability factors – and because so many drivers no longer possess even basic tire changing skills.
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