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What are the Different Types of Brake Fluid?

What are the Different Types of Brake Fluid?

It is a known fact that your brakes are extremely essential to your vehicle. In knowing this, you need to make sure you are taking care of your brake system the best way that you can - this includes making sure there is brake fluid in your vehicle. Without brake fluid, you wouldn't be able to stop your vehicle. Your brake fluid is critical to the braking system of your vehicle because it is needed to perform its duty in all the right conditions. Many may not be aware, there are different types of brake fluid; here's what they are: DOT 3: This is glycol-based brake fluid and will be amber in color. It has the lowest dry boiling point you will be able to find.   DOT 4: If you have an international vehicle this may be what is used. It is glycol-based but it has a higher boiling point. It will cost more due to having extra chemicals in it. The performance early on is better, but the boiling point will drop quickly in later stages.   DOT 5: This is a silicone-bas ... read more

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

Short of those living in the Serengeti, most of us have encountered those ridges in the road to slow down our speed to keep pedestrians safe. While sometimes frustrating, those speed bumps do their job and don't damage your car when you cross them at the correct speed. The recommended speed going over those bumps is 5 mph. Yes, a mere crawl. The rule of thumb is that the higher the speed bump, you drop your speed to between 2 and 4 mph. Speed bumps can vary in height from three to six inches. While you may be tempted to accept the jostling and go over them at higher rates of speed, each time you do you are actively doing harm to your car's suspension, steering, alignment, and tires (and sometimes your exhaust). Suspension Your car absorbs road changes via shocks. Think of them as springy coils that normally go up and down gently. When you go over a speed bump too fast, the shocks absorb the weight of your car suddenly which can cause them to bend out of shape affecting ... read more

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