Rick's Free Auto Repair Advice

Replace brake pads without replacing rotors

Can you replace brake pads without replacing rotors? That depends on the condition of the rotors. If the rotor doesn’t have any deep grooves (deeper than 1/16”) and the rotor thickness is above the “discard” dimension stamped in casting, then the rotor can be reused. Why don’t shops replace pads without replacing rotors? Because they don’t want the noise comebacks. Putting new pads on used rotors can cause noise complaints. The reasoning can be complicated but it boils down to this; even though the rotor looks perfectly flat, it isn’t. … Read More

Does regular gas burn faster than premium gas?

Regular versus premium gas Here’s the truth about whether regular gas burns faster than premium gas You’ll find lots of misinformation on the internet about the difference between regular and premium gas. Here are the most common myths and just plain wrong facts: • Regular gas ignites at a lower temperature than premium gas — FALSE. Both ignite at the same temperature. • Regular gas burns faster than premium gas — FALSE. They burn at exactly the same rate Premium gas has more detergent — FALSE. Detergent content may vary … Read More

How to buy an automotive battery charger

Tips for buying an automotive battery charger Don’t buy an old used car battery charger Old battery chargers were designed to charge a battery at high voltage to shorten charging times. That was fine back in the days when cars didn’t have computers. But use one of those old chargers on your modern computer-equipped car or truck and you risk frying the expensive electronic components. Buy a smart automotive battery charger A smart charger will perform a diagnostic on the battery to determine the level of charge and the internal … Read More

How long to leave a car running to recharge battery

How long to leave a car running to recharge battery? How long does it take to recharge a battery with a charger? If you’ve got a dead car battery and you’re wondering how long to leave your car running to recharge the battery, hear this; it’s much longer than you think. Here’s why. At idle speeds, your car’s alternator outputs less than 1/3 its maximum capacity. Plus, in late model cars with power management systems, the computer controls the charging rate, so it’ll only recharge the battery at safe rate. … Read More

Subaru wheel bearing replacement

Replace Subaru wheel bearing How to replace a Subaru wheel bearing and rear brake backing plate Replacing a Subaru wheel bearing is similar for the front and rear, but as long as you’re replacing the rear wheel bearing, you should also consider replacing the rear brake backing plate. On older Subarus like this 08’Subaru Outback, the rear brake backing plate tends to rust. As the rust forms, it expands and actually pushes one of the components out. The “rust jacking” causes the circular component to rub against the brake rotor, … Read More

Low car AC refrigerant — How to diagnose

Is your car’s AC low on refrigerant? AC pressure readings alone can’t tell you if the system is fully charged Let’s get this straight from the get-go; if all you have is the gauge on a DIY recharge kit, there’s NO way you can determine whether your car’s AC has the right amount of refrigerant. A low-side pressure reading, by itself, cannot tell you if the AC system is full. It can only tell you if the low side pressure is above or below the minimum pressure needed to overcome … Read More

2011 Ford Fusion Fuse Diagram

2011 Ford Fusion Fuse Diagram Ford Fusion Fuse Diagram for Battery Junction Box and Smart Junction Box This 2011 Ford Fusion Fuse Box Layout post shows two fuse boxes; the Battery Junction Box/Power Distribution Box located under the hood and the Smart Junction Box/Passenger Compartment Fuse Panel There’s lots more information on this site for your vehicle. To find fuse diagrams, click here To find Relay locations, click here To find Sensor Locations, click here To find Module Locations, click here To find Switch Locations, click here To find Firing … Read More

2011 Ford Mustang Fuse Diagram

2011 Ford Mustang Fuse Diagram Ford Mustang Fuse Diagram for Battery Junction Box and Smart Junction Box This 2011 Ford Mustang Fuse Box Layout post shows two fuse boxes; the Battery Junction Box/Power Distribution Box located under the hood and the Smart Junction Box/Passenger Compartment Fuse Panel There’s lots more information on this site for your vehicle. To find fuse diagrams, click here To find Relay locations, click here To find Sensor Locations, click here To find Module Locations, click here To find Switch Locations, click here To find Firing … Read More

2011 Ford Ranger Fuse Diagram

2011 Ford Ranger Fuse Diagram Ford Ranger Fuse Diagram for Battery Junction Box This 2011 Ford Ranger Fuse Diagram post shows two fuse boxes; Two Battery Junction Box/Power Distribution Boxes based on engine size and located under the hood and the Smart Junction Box/Passenger Compartment Fuse Panel. There’s lots more information on this site for your vehicle. To find fuse diagrams, click here To find Relay locations, click here To find Sensor Locations, click here To find Module Locations, click here To find Switch Locations, click here To find Firing … Read More

Driving with parking brake on

Driving with parking brake on — what to do next? Of course it was an accident. But driving with parking brake on happens all the time. If you only drove for a short distance, you’re probably ok. However, if you drove a long distance and noticed a burning smell, you may have caused damage. Here’s what happens when you drive with the parking brake on. The parking brake only works the back wheels When you apply the parking brake, it only applies braking force to the rear wheels. Driving with … Read More

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