Undercar Services Traverse City, MI 49686
Undercar Maintenance and Repair
Brakes – ABS or Anti-Lock Brakes – Alignment – Chassis – Exhaust – Driveline – Tires – Shocks and Struts are all part of under-car services that are important to the safe operation of your car!
Undercar services include many of the components and systems that you rely on to keep your car operating at peak performance while keeping you safe and on the road.
Wheel alignment, sometimes referred to as ‘front end alignment’ is now more commonly just called alignment. It’s part of standard car maintenance.
Alignment involves adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the manufacturer’s specifications.
The main purpose of being sure that your vehicle is in proper alignment is so that the suspension and the steering systems operate at their proper angles. Although that may not sound important to you – when the alignment is not set properly, you will have a greater tire wear and it can even effect fuel economy.
Alignment is complicated and includes adjustments that must be tracked and measured on the proper equipment. It’s critical to be sure that certified and trained technicians make those adjustments. After all, it’s the life of your tires at stake!
Your car’s brakes are actually made up of two different systems; one is a mechanical system that slows and stops your vehicle by means of friction (brake pads or shoes rubbing on the disc or brake drum) and the second system is hydraulics – which push the mechanical components.
Brakes are one of the most important parts of your car because without them, you wouldn’t be safe – you wouldn’t be able to stop your car.
You really can’t see all the components that make up your brakes unless you check them from underneath the car. You’re welcome to review more information about your car’s brakes – why they squeal – and how to know when your brakes should be checked or replaced.
Anti-Lock Brakes – often referred to as ABS – are common on later model vehicles. The ABS system prevents your wheels from ‘locking up’ when you’re forced to brake rapidly or during an emergency stop.
The anti-lock brake system modulates the pressure of the brake pad on the disc as your car is decelerating or slowing down.
That way, your wheels are able to maintain traction with the road – allowing you to steer the car – while slowing down and stopping in the shortest distance possible.
Failure of the ABS or Anti-Lock Brake System could seriously increase the risk of collision and/or personal injury if you’re forced to brake and stop quickly.
To avoid this, make it a point to have your anti-lock brake system checked and repaired by qualified auto repair mechanics. Find out more about your car’s brakes – why they squeal – and how often you should have your brakes checked here!
Your car is made on an internal ‘framework’ that supports the body and all other components including the wheels, engine, transmission, driveshaft, differential and suspension.
Damage to your car’s chassis really means that your car is weak – and that means it may not be able to handle things like road vibrations, bumps and hard cornering.
Your car’s chassis should be checked on a regular basis by certified auto repair technicians.
Your car’s engine generates exhaust fumes and gases every minute that it’s running. The exhaust system is a series of pipes, manifolds, mufflers, resonators and catalytic converters used to move those harmful cases from the engine’s exhaust to the rear tail pipe of your car.
A properly working exhaust system really performs a few different functions. First and foremost, it provides safe passage of those harmful fumes and gases without them getting into the passenger compartment.
Secondly, some components of your exhaust actually help muffle the sound.
Your catalytic converter is also part of your exhaust system. Sometimes confused with the muffler, the catalytic converter is one of the most expensive components of your exhaust system – along with the 02 (oxygen) sensors that monitor exhaust fumes and contaminants.
The driveline is all the components that connect your car’s engine to the transmission and then to the wheels and axles – making your car actually move.
Besides the engine, transmission and axles, the driveline includes all the other components and parts that transfers the power from the engine to the wheels.
Failure of driveline components can mean your car doesn’t perform as well as it should – and that could lead to higher operating costs as the owner.
Tires are a critical part of your car – keeping your car on the road – able to negotiate turns and stops. Tires wear with use – and that’s happening every time you drive your car!
As tires get older, they start to lose their ability to hold onto the road – or their traction.
It’s also important to know that in a lot of cases, tires deteriorate from the inside out. That means you may not notice the deterioration and that increases the likelihood of your tires failing or bursting (blowing out) when you least expect – leaving you stranded.
Worn tires can also cause the loss of control of your vehicle. For the best performance of your car, tires should be checked regularly to assure that they’re in good condition and not showing signs of irregular wear.
In extreme cases, where alignment is neglected and tires are left to run without inspection, extreme wear can not only cause issues with your car’s ride – they can be dangerous! Don’t let your car’s alignment wear out your tires prematurely and cause a problem that could leave you stranded on the side of the road… without warning!
Shock absorbers – often just called shocks – are mechanical devices that smooth the rough road. When they’re working properly, shocks reduce the effect of uneven pavement and bumps in the road while improving the quality of the ride.
In addition to the ride, properly working shocks help in handling the vehicle through moves where you make rapid lane changes or tight cornering.
When shocks develop problems, the ride of your car become unpleasant and your vehicle may sway in different directions when turning.
Shocks should be checked by a qualified technician regularly to be sure they’re in proper working order.
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