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Auto Body Repair and Painting

Every time I pass by a shop of auto body repairs and painting I’m being obsessed. I really want to do it myself. I enjoy manual work and I don’t consider it as hard work for me. If there would be a time or if I could bring back time I would like to learn the secrets of auto body repair and painting.

I have a friend who does the work and he sustains his family out of it. He was once a mechanic but he switched to body repairs that include all motorcycle, tricycle, automobiles, and trucks. The only thing he doesn’t do is painting because he acquired asthma and it would be a struggle for him.


Automobile body repairs and painting are lucrative tasks and it is always a necessity for car care as of this age.

It’s an inevitable instance that car paints fade and need to be repainted to preserve the body from rotting. Accidents come anytime and automobile bodies need to be repaired. And there are hundreds of thousands of car units are moving every day in every part of the world.

If you are skilled you will have a great opportunity to help your self and your family earn a living. If you are interested let’s have the things you needed to invest in in order to effectively do the job.

1. Mechanical Tools

In choosing your tools it would be easy if you are already using some brands and you know the quality. Basically, branded tools are more expensive than low quality. However, you will not regret if you have invested in the quality ones since they will last for a long time and they fit really, they are precise.

Auto Body Repair and Painting-Mechanical Tools2 Auto Body Repair and Painting-Mechanical Tools3 Auto Body Repair and Painting-Mechanical Tools

 

 

I will enumerate some of the branded tools that may suit your taste in price and quality.

Mac Tools
Snap-on
OTC
Craftsman
Superkrome
Proto
Wright Tool
Husky
Stanley
Makita

You can have the details of these tools from this site: https://www.bestmechanictoolset.com/top-10-mechanic-tool-brands/


2. Course for Skills Development

1. TESDA

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is the government agency tasked to manage and supervise technical education and skills development (TESD) in the Philippines. It was created by virtue of Republic Act 7796, otherwise known as the “Technical Education and Skills Development Act of 1994”. The said Act integrated the functions of the former National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC), the Bureau of Technical-Vocational Education of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (BTVE-DECS) and the Office of Apprenticeship of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA offers a long list of free or affordable courses that will help you expand your knowledge in a specific subject. Established in accordance with the Republic Act No. 7796 or the Technical Education and Skills Act of 1994, TESDA provides hands-on training or online instruction. It aims to help individuals in developing their skills through a rigorous training program that will boost their chances of employability.

All graduates of this program are certified and qualified for employment anywhere around the world.

2. The Secrets of Custom Spray Painting and Body Work Repair

Is online training which includes video created by Mario Goldstein, the artist. It is a Do-It-Yourself Spray Painting and Body Work Course.

 

Auto Body Repair and Painting-Paint Spray Secrets

 

I hope this brief article helps you in deciding to take the opportunity to be one of those skilled workers of your own country by investing in the best tools and trainings provided both in the offline and in online.

They are available all around us and it’s a privilege to have them for free if not affordable for everyone.

 

SPRAY PAINT SECRETS

 

 

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Motorcycle and Car Collision

This motorcycle and car collided on August 21, 21019 in the town of Mabitac, Laguna.

The motorcycle is headed to the East via the main road and the car coming from the South entering the main road. The good thing about it is that no one was hurt. There was no police yet when we pass by and took the photo. We headed home and we did not wait for the investigation on the hope the people around who witnessed the incident will faithfully contribute to the best of the two parties involved.

 

Motorcycle and Car Collision-accident image Motorcycle and Car Collision-accident image2 Motorcycle and Car Collision-accident image3 Motorcycle and Car Collision-accident image4 Motorcycle and Car Collision-accident image5

This place is at the center of the town so the speed must be controllable and is not prone to accident. Only a careless, absent-minded, and an aggressive driver is prone to unexpected incidents.

 

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What Does an Alternator Do

You may be wondering, as I do, what an alternator is and what does it do. But the fact that you opened this post and you are reading it you will orient yourself on this particular auto part.

There was a time when I heard about it but I could not figure out how does it look, where is it located and what does it do in the performance of the engine.

 

What an alternator does-alternator

 

Where is it located

The alternator is located at the drive belt end of the engine. It is conspicuous and is accessible from under the hood.

What does an alternator do-alternator location 1

 

As you can see here in this model, the alternator is located in the upper right side of the engine. In other models, it is located on the left side.

In the image below you will see how the alternator is placed or attached to the left side end of the engine.

What does alternator do-alternator engine left side

 

What does the alternator do?

There are two functions of the alternator in the engine operation. It charges the battery and it helps in the power booster brake system.

Charging the battery

When the engine is started and ran the alternator starts to work in charging the battery. The charging output of the alternator must be 14.2 V to 14.5 V as measured right across the battery posts.

When the alternator charge output is more than 14.5 V when revved, it will overcharge the battery in the long run and the battery cell will not last long.

Alternator Boosts Brake System

As the alternator is run by the engine it does not only produce current to charge the battery but it also produces air supply to the brake vacuum booster. In that way, the air that circulates in the brake vacuum booster is compressed to help push the brake piston when the pedal is pressed making it convenient for the feet for it doesn’t need much effort to apply a brake pressure whether you are driving a huge vehicle or a small car.


Signs of a Failing Alternator

Dim headlight-when the alternator starts to fail you will notice that the headlights are dimming or it may even flicker.

Dying battery-meaning your battery will gradually weaken because it is not being charged. All electrical parts that needed to work when you needed them are now failing too. Flashers, stoplights or brake lights, and fans will no longer function normally.

Difficult to start the engine-this is because of a weak battery. The more you crank the engine and it doesn’t start the more the battery will become weak.

Engine Stall-a time will come that your engine will stall because the battery is consumed and the alternator produces no current, no fire that ignites the petrol inside the combustion chamber.


It’s Time for Repair or for Replacement

When everything else fails your only alternative is to bring it to a technician for repair. Usually, repairs will cost you 350 to 400 pesos when no parts are for replacement. However, it will cost you more if you buy for replacements of parts but it is more costly if you will replace the alternator itself.

If the technician advice you to buy a piece of parts for more than three thousand it would be better to buy a brand new alternator. than to spend more than the half price of the brand new one.

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Synthetic Oil Change

When we say synthetic oil change, we mean the regular interval of changing engine oil with synthetic oil.

What is synthetic oil?

Synthetic oil is man-made, not natural. It is a lubricant consisting of chemical compounds that are artificially made. Synthetic lubricants can be manufactured using chemically modified petroleum components rather than whole crude oil, but can also be synthesized from other raw materials.


Synthetic Oils-What does the company say about their products

  • Mobil 1 Says

Synthetic Oil Change-Mobil-1

Keeps your engine running like new

Mobil 1 advanced full synthetic motor oils deliver exceptional performance and protection for vehicles of all ages and for all driving conditions – normal to extreme.

Mobil 1 oils keep engines running like new by helping:

  • Combat sludge and deposit buildup
  • Reduce wear
  • Control oil breakdown

Mobil 1 motor oils offer a full range of temperature protection: For cold starts, the oil keeps flowing as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit, and it can withstand high temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

In fact, Mobil 1 is the World’s Leading Synthetic motor oil brand, recommended by more car builders and used by more NASCAR® teams than any other brand of motor oil. What’s more, Mobil 1 oils meet or exceed the toughest standards of Japanese, European and U.S. car builders.

Mobil 1 120764 Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-30

 

  • Pennzoil Says

Synthetic Oil Change-Pennzoil

 

PurePlus Technology is our patented, revolutionary gas-to-liquid process which converts natural gas into a first-of-its-kind, high quality full synthetic base oil. Because our base oil is made from natural gas, it is clear with fewer of the impurities found in crude oil, the start for many other traditional and synthetic motor oils. To that pure, clear base we add our high-performance additives to create Pennzoil Platinum with PurePlus Technology full synthetic oil designed for complete engine protection, without compromise.

Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus Technology keeps pistons up to 30% cleaner than required by the toughest industry standard and keeps your engine cleaner than any leading synthetic oil.

  1. Shell ROTELLA Full Synthetic Diesel Engine Oil. …
  2. Royal Purple High-Performance Synthetic Motor Oil.
  3. Top 1

Pennzoil 550038221 Platinum 5W-30 Full Synthetic Motor Oil

 

  • Valvoline Says

Synthetic Oil Change-Valvoline

Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil delivers superior engine protection by fighting the three major causes of engine stress: heat, deposits, and wear.  That’s because it is the only leading full synthetic formulated with more durable anti-wear additives that stay in the oil longer.  When you want to keep your engine running its best, choose the ultimate protection found in Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil.

Valvoline 0W-20 SynPower Full Synthetic Motor Oil-5qt (813460) 

 

  • Shell Rotella Says

Synthetic Oil Change-Rotella

Better Fuel Economy

Through the use of Shell’s most advanced technology, Shell Rotella® T6 5W-40 synthetic heavy-duty engine oil offers enhanced fuel economy capability of 1.5%* that can save money in fuel consumption, without compromising engine protection or durability. *Compared to 15W-40 oils.

Improved Wear Performance

Shell Rotella® T6 5W-40 full synthetic provides a significantly increased level of protection against harmful engine wear when compared to previous generation API CJ-4 synthetic engine oils.

Improved Deposit Control

The advanced multi-functional dispersant additives in combination with synthetic base oils provide an enhanced level of protection against the effects of soot, dirt and other contaminants in heavy-duty diesel engines.

Improved Heat Resistance

Shell Rotella® T6 full synthetic heavy-duty engine oil resists breakdown by heat to provide continuous protection throughout the service interval.

Emissions System Compatibility

The advanced low-ash formulation helps control the blocking of or poisoning of exhaust after-treatment devices, helping maintain vehicle emission compliance and diesel engine fuel efficiency.

Outstanding Shear Stability

Shell Rotella® T6 full synthetic heavy-duty engine oil resists viscosity loss through shear and will maintain optimal pressure in your heavy-duty diesel engine.

Learn more about Shell Rotella T6 Full Synthetic Oil:

  • SAE 0W-40
  • SAE 5W-40
  • SAE 15W-40

SHELL ROTELLA® T6 FULL SYNTHETIC DIESEL OIL

 

How Often do we Change with Synthetic Oil?

Advantage Using Synthetic oil-Toyota L Engine

 

The regularity of changing oil is based on driving conditions:

    • Weather conditions-Summertime, winter season, and rainy seasons.
    • Road conditions-Off-road or difficult terrain
    • Load conditions-Heavy loading and light loading
    • Driving distance-Far or near
    • Vehicle used-is it an old one or a modern one. Is it a conditioned one or with issues like dissipation of oil?

The shortest time interval is 3,000 miles, and next is 7,500-10,000 miles and the maximum should not exceed more than 10,000 to 15,000 miles.

Why Do We Use Synthetic Oil?

First, because synthetic oil is purified, the impurities that are harmful to engines are removed. 

Second, because synthetic oil is purified, naturally it will last longer, it works longer than the conventional oil.

Oils are engine coolants and they should serve the purpose properly. If they don’t your engine will overheat and when overheating occurs regularly on your engine the head gasket will be deformed, burned and cannot seal the engine oil. The result will be an oil leak from the engine. If you are not aware of it that your engine lacks oil and you drive it and when you are in a location where you cannot buy oil and you drive your car until you can buy somewhere the damage might be severe and you will incur many expenses.

Why? Not only the head gasket was burned, but the piston rings might also be broken. Or, the crankshaft might be broken too. Those are the parts that can be in danger and are easily damaged when the engine overheats for a certain time.

Thus, engine oil is very important that it should always be maintained and synthetic oils will do longer when it comes to the protection of your engine parts. Not only that it will maintain your pocket.

 

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Star Lock Washer

This tiny thing called star lock washer holds an important function in the security and safety of the driver and riders. It controls and stabilizes the movement of the spindle axle nut in order not to loosen and the roller bearing will not move wildly.

I am sharing my experience related to this one simple but important thing. When it was my first time to see and noticed this was about five years ago. I thought it’s a simple and useless thing.

It was when I felt that there is something abnormal in the movement of wheels. I know nothing about symptoms of bad bearings but I thought it would be something good to inspect your car when you suspect there is an abnormality.

So what I did is jacked up the front right wheels and tried to move it if it’s firm and secured. This way I’ve seen that the bearings were loose because I suspect that they are already bad so I took off the wheel, the star lock washer, the nut, the flat washer, and the bearings.

Star Lock Washer-bearings

Roller bearing

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I’m certain that the bearings have to be replaced so I went to the auto supply center to buy a new one. I’m back and I have to assemble everything. I replaced the roller bearings, tightened the nut, placed another washer next to the nut rather than the star lock washer.


Defective Star Lock Washer

The reason why I did not use the star lock washer is that it’s already defective. So I just tightened the nut and inserted the cotter pin.

Star Lock Washer-Cotter Pin

Cotter pin

 

So this how it looks without the cotter pin.

 

The Result without the Star Lock Washer

Every after driving I have to inspect it. I always observe that the nut is loosened and I have to retighten so I thought of putting a washer with a thickness just enough between the nut and the cotter pin.

In doing so, we used the vehicle going to an affair of about 15 kilometers away from where I stay. And you know what happened? As the wheels turned the roller bearings moved and so with the spindle nut that got so tight and caused friction and it got so hot and melted the spindle thread and the bearings had wildly and freely moved and the wheel is no longer in the proper position. We left the car and rode on a tricycle to the occasion we are attending to.

After the occasion, we rode back but before reaching home the group went ahead and I slowly drove my car to my garage. The damage is severe and I’m worried where will I buy that spindle axle since it is an old model and it’s difficult to find a replacement.

The good thing is that as technology advances and inventions advances also there are technological remedies too for those who cannot cope up with the advancements. There is what we call a lathing machine which can be equally reliable.

So what you can see in the image below is a rebuild of the spindle axle.  The thread was restored but the same nut is used.

 

Now, I know I have to bring back the missing one, and that is the star lock washer. I have to look for the replacement of that very important part though tiny it is and is seemingly unimportant, the experience is the proof that it does an indispensable role in the safety of the whole vehicle and all that is there inside.

 

 

 

Since I have replaced that star lock washer I haven’t had a problem or an issue with the bearings and the nut. Everything works fine and I’m secured and have peace in mind.

Please watch the short video on how the star lock washer looks so simplistic but holds an irreversible role in the journey of everyone who boards the car.

 

Thank you for reading and following my story.  I hope it helped and inspired you as well as you have learned something is valuable when it comes to your relationship with your own car.

Please leave a comment and I do wish you will find the joy in sharing this to your friends.

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Rear Axle Seal Replacement

Rear Axle Seal Replacement

The facts

  1. The brake drum is wet with oil

  2. Brake lining is also wet with oil

  3. Brake fluid has no indication of leaking anywhere

  4. There are two oil seals in the rear axle, the inner oil seal and the outer rubber seal.

 

The video will show you the axle hub and outside and the inside or back of the brake disk.

I. Replacing the inner Oil Seal

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-brake drum

Wet Brake Drum

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-brake lining

Wet Brake Lining

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-brake system

No leak on the Motor Vehicle Wheel Cylinder

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-brake master assembly

Brake master assembly-no dissipation

The First Time

I noticed that the brake drum has been wet with oil. I have to see what’s really making this little thing. I detached the wheel and detached the brake drum. I was wondering why the inner part of the brake drum and the brake lining were totally wet with something like grease. But I don’t see leaks from the motor vehicle wheel cylinder and no dissipation from the brake master assembly. So what I did is wash everything and assembled it back and continued to use to vehicle.

 

The Second Time

They say, history repeats itself and it is true. I saw again that the brake drum was wet.  This time I have in mind what is possible since I disregarded the possibility that it’s from the brake system.

 

 
I removed the wheel, detached the brake drum, detached the brake lining and also the axle. I removed the oil seal and replaced it with a new one.

 

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-axle casing

Rear Axle Casing

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-axle oil seals

Rear Axle Oil Seals

 

Now, to test this and prove that what I did is the right thing, I will be fetching the young people from the Summer Camp in San Pablo City.  That is around 60 kilometers away from my place. So I will be running at 120 kilometers to and from.

To see this I will be giving an update tomorrow afternoon when I come back with eleven young people from the camp.

 

II. Replacing the Outer Rubber Seal

I promised to give you an update on what it took when I test the vehicle and see if what I did is the solution to the problem.

When I got home I did not bother to examine the thing until the following week. It seems the issue is lurking and I have to check it.

For the third time, I want to be sure if the issue has been resolved or is still lurking. Again, I removed one by one the parts and I saw that the brake linings and brake drum were wet with oil again.

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-brake drum

Brake Drum

 

In the rear axle hub, there are two oil seals and these are the images:

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-axle oil seal

Rear axle oil seal

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-Rear Axle outer rubber seal

The Rear axle outer rubber seal

 

 

1. This first seal is placed here:

That oil seal is placed in the axle casing so it will fit in between that axle casing and the axle main bearing.

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-axle main bearing

Rear Axle Shaft and Bearing

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-axle casing

Rear Axle Casing

 

When the seal is replaced and the axle shaft is put back to its place it will look like the image below. You can see the nuts and bolts tightened together to hold the axle casing and the axle hub.

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-brake disc fastened to the axle casing

 

2. And this outer rubber seal is placed here:

Now, as you can see above the first oil seal, in other words, the inner axle oil seal is replaced already and when you assemble it, that’s how it looks.

For this time let’s replace the outer rubber seal which is the second seal in the axle assembly. But don’t be confused this must be done first before the whole axle assembly is placed back to the axle casing. We have just illustrated how and where the inner seal is to be.

The outer rubber seal is placed in between the axle hub and the brake disc. This will seal oil that may come out or slipt out of the axle main bearing.

If this outer rubber seal is installed it’s now time to assemble back the axle together with the brake disc where the axle main bearing is attached.

 

 

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-Axle with brake disc

Axle with Brake Disc

 

After it has been assembled it will look like the image below. It’s just a small part of the outer rubber seal is being exposed fitly in between the axle hub and the brake disc.

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-Axle hub and brake disc

Axle Hub and Brake Disk with new outer rubber seal

Concluding words

What we’re trying to solve are the facts below:

  1. The brake drum is wet with oil
  2. Brake lining is also wet with oil
  3. Brake fluid has no indication of leaking anywhere

We have tried our best to solve for the first time by replacing the inner axle oil seal but we did not succeed. Nevertheless, I am happy that it was replaced because I know its time has come and we have to shoot two birds in one stone.

We have come to our sense that oil leakage is on the brake disc, the brake lining, brake drum but it does not come from the motor vehicle wheel cylinder. However, the oil leakage is on the outer side of the brake disc not in the inner side.

If it’s in the inner side and the problem is the inner oil seal it should show some signs in the image below. Don’t worry what you can see now is not a leakage but a spill when I adjusted the brake.

 

We have discovered the fact that the outer rubber seal has been the culprit why the problem has been lurking after we have done all other things.

After we have replaced that outer rubber seal, now, we have the peace of mind and safer and better driving with the dry brake drum, dry brake lining.

 

Rear Axle Seal Replacement-brake system

 

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Brake Light Switch Replacement

BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH REPLACEMENT

Brake Light Switch Repair and Replacement-old brake light switch Brake Light Switch Repair and Replacement-old brake light switch

 

Does your brake lights switch needing a repair or does it need replacement? Let’s try to learn how this part works for our vehicle.

Brake lights are an important part of a vehicle. These are the lights placed at the right and the left side of the back of any vehicle. The use of this auto part is to warn the driver who is following after you on the road that you are slowing down or stopping by.

Brake Light Switch Repair and Replacement-brake light

 

Every driver can see anything in front of his car or vehicle but there are times especially when in dim light colors are optically deceiving. If there is a light that flashes or blinks the eyes will send a message to the brain that the car before you are slowing or stopping and you are already near to bump and the brain commands the foot to step on the brake.

 

What could be the issue and what could be done when your brake lights do not light on?

Switch on your Ignition switch but not necessarily starting the engine.

When you step on the brake pedal and one or both of the brake lights will not light on the possibilities are: busted bulbs or line disconnection.

But there is another way to check this, you place the clutch on the reverse and when the brake lights on then there are no disconnected lines and no bulbs busted.

Then the problem here would be brake light switch that is to be reconditioned or replaced.

 

Brake Light Switch Repair and Replacement-new brake light switch Brake Light Switch Repair and Replacement-new brake light switch

 

This auto part can be easily opened so you can see what is inside if it is only corrosion that you can clean or you need to replace it.  If you have cleaned any dirt inside and no rust that will continue to ruin the brake light switch then you may opt to just repair it. But if you think the problem will repeat itself in a short time you have to replace it.

As you can see it in the picture I bought a new brake light switch. I cleaned the old one and tested but it doesn’t work anymore.

RED COLOR BRAKE LIGHTS

For those who bought a second-hand vehicle, there may be modifications made as it is the fashion these days especially motorcycles. I’m sure it’s very rare in cars.

The standard color for brake lights is red, it is not white it is neither yellow. If it happens that it is not red then maybe they have erred in connecting the lines.

Brake Light Switch Repair and Replacement-standard color brake light

 

Let’s bear in mind that brake lights are important for the safety of everyone and not is just a decoration of a vehicle for the eyes to see and relish. So it is important that this part must be checked every time you travel because you are not only helping yourself but you are helping other drivers to take precautions in driving.  It will help eradicate accidents along the road. 

Thank you for reading this blog and if ever you agree or disagree with my opinion, please drop your comments and we will learn together saving lives through little things.

 

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What is a Power Steering Pump

What is a Power Steering Pump?

Replace Power Steering Pump-Toyota L power steering pump

The power steering pump is an auto part that is used to help the driver whether a woman or a man steer the wheels in less effort regardless of car or truck sizes. This part is important especially when the car is moving forward and backward slowly more particularly on curve roads and maneuvers.

The pump is located in front of the engine and is attached to the steering gearbox.  Driven by the engine crankshaft through a belt-pulley mechanism, the steering pump compresses the hydraulic fluid which helps rotates the steering gearbox when steered by the driver.

When a car or a truck is equipped with power steering pump it would be easier for anyone even a woman to drive because the steering wheel is manageable and controllable by less effort.

However, if the power steering pump is defective even the strongest man will find difficulty and steering the wheels because you exert much effort.

Replace Power Steering Pump-power steering pump parts

Symptoms of a bad, failing, defective Power Steering Pump

  • A Squealing or Whining Sound

You will hear this at the moment you start your engine. It’s a sound that is abnormal, a sound that this time only you noticed about it. It’s not a part of the normal sounds that you always hear when you drive.

If you hear that kind of sound that means you are now having a failing, bad, or defective power steering pump. However, it does not mean that everything is bad, failing or defective and cannot be fixed. If you have heard that for the first time maybe your power steering pump is just lacking automatic transmission fluid (ATF). You better refill it. If you have refilled it and the sound remains maybe the next problem that you will encounter is stiff steering wheels.

Replace Power Steering Pump-ATF

 

  • Stiff Steering Wheels

Now, you only not hear an abnormal sound that is squealing or whining but you find your steering wheel so stiff. It’s time for you to have it repaired or replaced.

Replace Power Steering Pump-Disassembled Power Steering Pump

I have tried to recondition this power steering pump but it doesn’t work well. Its performance is not good as it should be so I have to look for a replacement.

That’s the only thing to be done to avoid wasting your effort especially when you are no longer comfortable with your steering wheels.

You can find a replacement for your power steering pump here, whatever brand your car is.

Or you click the image below to see what fits your car.

Replace Power Steering Pump-Toyota 2L power steering pump

Thank you for reading this post and I hope I’ve contributed an idea that could help you keenly observe your car as you drive to your work, engagements in businesses, and many other commitments in life. Have a safe journey with your dream wheels.

 

 

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Brake Pad Clips

Never underestimate the importance of the brake pad clips or brake pad springs. These are tiny things but they play significantly in the disc brake system.

Brake Pad Clips-pad clips

One day when I was driving to my church work going to the Worshiping Congregation which is about 10 kilometers away from the Mother Church. The spindle axle got loose threads and the spindle bearings were crushed.  As a result, the tire was no longer on its normal position so the rotor or the disc forced the brake pad to break from the normal position.  Because the clip can no longer hold the brake pads it was removed from its proper place and it was gone.

Brake Pad Clips-Restored spindle axle

Brake Pad Clips-Restored spindle axle threads

To cut the story short everything was fixed except for the clip which was not replaced because it’s out of stock in the market.

The truth of the fact is that anyone is discouraged to drive a vehicle without this little thing, the brake pad clip. Everything is no longer normal when not fixed or replaced as in the original part.

Functions

Brake pad clips or brake pad springs are the ones that clamp the brake pads to the caliper. Clips or springs hold the pads so they will not move if pressed on the spinning rotor.

 

Brake Pad Clips-clip

 

If it happens that the brake pad clips loosen and disentangled, the brake pad will move as it is pressed to the rotating rotor. If the brake pads have already worn and have enough space inside the caliper it might be forced to break and may cause the breakage of the caliper.

Brake Pad Clips-clip

There are a lot of clips different in forms depending on the car model you have or spindle assembly. The older models may be difficult to find such springs and clips if they are lost. Especially producer company may no longer have the interest to have it after how many decades.

Brake Pad Clips-clips

Though these are tiny compared to the whole body of the car you own, however, if you lose these until it has not been replaced your car will stay in your garage or in the shop for a long time. It’s better not to take the risk in driving than to have the courage and be regretful for either yourself or others be the victim of such a consequential accident.

 

Brake Pad Clip Brands

There are a lot of brands that you can see on the internet. The following are just some of the brands that we can give as an example for us to orient ourselves.

    1. Genuine Ford Focus MK2 Front Brake Caliper Pad Retaining Spring Clip Brand New

Brake Pad Clips-Ford

 

2. JNBK Brake Pad Clips

Brake Pad Clips-Japan

 

3. Nissan Brake Pad Clips

Brake Pad Clips-Nissan

 

4. Isuzu Brake Pad Clips

Brake Pad Clips-Isuzu

 

You can find a lot on the internet according to your need and they are quality ones. Different quality of different price and you can have the choice of what is fit for your budget.

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Brake Rotors and Pads

What is a Brake Rotor?

A brake rotor is popularly known as a brake disc.  It is a shape or surface that is round and flat in appearance. As it is shown in the image below that fine flat surface is the disc. This rotor or disc spins with the wheel as the car moves forward and backward.

The function of a Disc

Brake rotors are a necessary component in the braking system that stops the vehicle. Brake rotors are what the vehicle’s brake pads clamp down on to stop the wheels from spinning. Brake rotors are just as important to stop the vehicle as the brake pads are.

Brake Rotors and Pads-disc brake

Brake disc/brake rotor

In a disc brake system, most vehicles have disc brakes only on the front wheels, though newer vehicles may have disc brakes on all four wheels.  A disc brake is a type of brake that uses calipers.  As it is shown above, the caliper is the one attached to the side of the disc. It is in the caliper that the brake pads are attached and the disc will be in between the pads. The caliper will squeeze the pair of pads against a disc or “rotor” to create friction.

How is it done? With disc brakes, the fluid from the master cylinder forces into a caliper where it presses against a piston. The piston squeezes two brake pads on a disc rotor attached to the wheel. This forces the wheel to slow down and stop

The Brake Pads

Brake Rotors and Pads-pads Brake Rotors and Pads-pads

 

 

 

 

 

These pads are installed by pairs in the caliper. In between the pads is the brake disc.  When the inner pad is pushed by the piston both the pads will squeeze the disc to halt the car.

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Brake Rotors and Pads-pads in a caliper

Caliper with pads

Brake Calipers

Brake Rotors and Pads-caliper with piston

Caliper with pistons

 

Brake Rotors and Pads-caliper

When to Replace Brake Pads?

It is not easy to determine when a brake pad is to be replaced. While other cars have exposed brake pads so you can easily see it if it’s replaceable or not, others need to be intentionally inspected by a technician. One way of calculating and determining when to replace a brake pad is the number of years you used your car and that depends on your way of driving.

Are you fond of driving fast that you have to use the brake every time and then?

Or, the road condition to where you are driving needs the braking every time you travel? Let’s say you drive uphill to downhill every day and vice versa. Or, you are driving in an offroad that sometimes it’s muddy?

These will determine how long your car’s brake pads can last. I know good brake pads can last up to five years or more.

To ensure your brake pads are in the expected condition you need to check it every two years. There’s nothing wrong if you are always on the safe side than to be regretful by being lenient about it.

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Thank you for reading this short and simple post. I found a helpful video and you can enjoy understanding how the disc system parts work together. You can watch it here.