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Why Do I Hear a Squeal When I Turn My Steering Wheel?

In modern cars today, the power steering system helps you as a driver to properly control your car and steer your wheels with ease. Power steering systems can have issues occur which need to be addresses quickly in order to protect your safety on the road. If you are hearing a squealing noise when you turn your wheel, there may be an issue with a component within the power steering system.  The common reasons for squealing when turning your steering wheel include the following:  Low power steering fluid, which can cause issues with a hydraulic power steering system. Usually this is caused by a leak.  A worn out power steering belt can cause a squealing noise because the belt can slip when the wheel is turned. A failing power steering pump can also be the cause of a squealing noise because the system isn't maintaining the proper fluid pressure.  The best way to understand why you hear squealing when you turn your steering wheel is to bring your vehicle into o ... read more

What are the Signs of a Failing Thermostat?

The thermostat in your vehicle has a very important job when it comes to the engine. It helps to regulate the flow of coolant that circulates through the engine to keep it lubricated and protected from excessive heat. The thermostat must open and close at the correct time in order for the engine to remain at the proper working temperature while driving. If the thermostat fails, coolant won't circulate through the engine and the engine will be at risk for overheating and damage.  If your thermostat is bad or failing, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Engine temperature gauge is reading high Engine temperature warning light is on Check engine light is on Engine temperature gauge is extremely low, meaning your engine is under heated which can occur when the thermostat is stuck open The temperature of the engine is changing erratically Coolant is leaking around the thermostat or underneath your vehicle If you notice any of the symptoms listed ... read more

How to Drive in a Winter Storm

Driving during a winter storm is a situation that most of us may try to avoid. However, if you are already on your way and a winter storm hits and you have no choice but to drive through it, the following winter storm driving safety tips can come in handy.  If you have some flexibility when it comes to when you need to drive through winter storm prone areas, be sure to look up weather conditions through major passes or highways along the way. This will help you better understand the conditions you will hit and inform you to make a better decision if driving through a snowstorm can be avoided.  If you find yourself driving through a winter storm, here are some safety tips to follow:  Keep a close eye on the road and be weary of black ice which can be difficult to detect.  Always drive slowly and carefully and eliminate all distractions if possible.  When you do drive over ice or snow and feel that your vehicle has lost traction, the important thing is to n ... read more

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