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4 Signs of Power Steering Problems

4 Signs of Power Steering Problems

Power steering systems play a very important part in modern car designs. Power steering has been around for decades and the technology continues to evolve. Many of today's vehicles use a very advanced electronic power steering system as opposed to the traditional hydraulic mechanics that use power steering fluid to create pressure and provide lubrication. Electronic power steering systems don't really require much in terms of maintenance. However, as newer technology with more complex components, they can be prone to problems that will require repairs. Meanwhile, traditional power steering systems do require maintenance and care, primarily when it comes to changing out the power steering fluid when it becomes old, dirty or corroded. Without fresh fluid, the system won't operate efficiently and mechanical problems can develop. It's good to know what to look for in case you do have a power steering issue ... read more

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Powertrain vs. Drivetrain vs. Driveline: The Differences You Need to Know

Powertrain vs. Drivetrain vs. Driveline: The Differences You Need to Know

When talking about the systems that power your vehicle, you’ll hear a lot about the engine and the transmission, as well. Your car won’t run if neither of those are working. However, the drive system that is often the least understood—yet is equally important—is the driveline. It is what transfers the power (torque) from the engine and transmission to the drive wheels that ultimately move the vehicle. First, it helps to understand the differences in the terms powertrain, drivetrain and driveline. The three are often used interchangeably, though they are not actually the same. Here is a quick breakdown to define these terms: Powertrain — Everything that powers the vehicle, including the engine, transmission and driveline components (differentials, axle shafts and joints that we’ll expl ... read more

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Is Your Car Struggling to Start? Here Are Some of the Most Common Causes.

Is Your Car Struggling to Start? Here Are Some of the Most Common Causes.

We’ve all been there. We get in our car in the morning ready to head to work, but it is struggling to start. Maybe it takes a few tries to get it going or perhaps the engine won’t fire up at all. Either way, it’s a sign that there may be a mechanical or electrical problem somewhere between the ignition system and the engine itself. If your vehicle is struggling to start or the engine shuts off on you at any time while idling, you will want to get it checked out by a professional auto shop like Fox Run Auto in Northern Delaware. A skilled mechanic can inspect everything and determine the source of the problem. Usually, it narrows down to the following common culprits: Dead/Dying Battery Obviously, if your car battery is dead or close to dying, you will experience all sorts of electrical iss ... read more

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What to Look for When Checking Your Motor Oil

What to Look for When Checking Your Motor Oil

Whether you know much about cars or not, it's very easy to check your motor oil using the dipstick under your hood. If you don't know where to find it, consult your owner's manual for instructions. If you are good about getting your oil changes done when they are due, then there rarely should be an issue with the oil levels or quality. However, it's still worth taking a few minutes every few weeks or so to check the oil that's in the reservoir. It can tell you a lot about the health of the engine and it's just a smart thing to do if you care about your vehicle. Here are a few things to look for when checking your engine oil, according to the Northern Delaware auto repair experts at Fox Run Auto: Oil Level The first thing to look for is the oil level. The dipstick will have markers to show you the desired ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Handling Poorly? Here Are Some Reasons Why.

Is Your Vehicle Handling Poorly? Here Are Some Reasons Why.

Poor handling is a common automotive problem. Whether your vehicle is pulling hard to one side or the other, vibrating oddly while you drive or it just feels "loose" when making a tight turn, handling concerns can be a sign a different issues that you will want to get checked out. A professional mechanic will be able to diagnose the problem, recommend specific repairs and replace damaged components. When your car is handling poorly on straightaways or around corners, there are several common causes that could be in play. Here are a few of the most notable handling issues we see at Fox Run Auto: 1. Wheel Alignment Improper wheel alignment is the most common problem leading to poor handling. Over time, it's natural for the wheels to get out of alignment and eventually you will really notice it while driving. It's ... read more

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