This is a tale of three American drivers, all at different points in their careers, all having arrived where they are via different paths and all facing decisions. And where they are is sports-car racing: Ahead of the
I had an amazing weekend off in between races, back home in sunny California. Being that my birthday is June 20, and I'm not home the rest of the month, I decided to celebrate my birthday a little early with some friends back home.
When that “check engine” light come on, there’s a good reason to get worried. Even if it doesn’t leave you stranded in an unfamiliar part of town after dark it’s likely to take a bite out of your savings, especially as recent studies have indicated automotive repair costs rose by about 10 percent last year.That is, of course, an average that varied significantly by region. Vermont saw repair cost...
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Solid and vented rotors made with gray cast iron are the most common types of rotors. Drilled and slotted rotors are a variation of the same design. A vented rotor more commonly has a space between the two friction surfaces of the rotor. This helps with cooling and is more common on the front of the vehicle because the front brakes do most of the brake work. A solid rotor is just that – solid. There is no space between the two friction surfaces. Due to the brake-proportioning valve, the rear brakes only do about 20 to 30% of the braking and do not need to endure the same amount of heat that the front brakes do.
Stock replacement parts are normally solid faced rotors that are either vented or solid. Only performance vehicles (e.g. a Porsche) come from the factory with drilled rotors. When you buy a replacement part for your vehicle, there is some confusion as to whether you will receive a vented rotor or not. If your car came with a vented rotor, then the replacement part will be a vented rotor. If the car came with a solid rotor, the replacement part is a solid rotor. No solid rotor replacements are available for a vehicle that came originally equipped with a vented rotor.
Slotted and drilled rotors are a performance modification that do not increase braking power, but might aid in the cooling of the rotors in high heat situations. The down falls of having a slotted and/or drilled rotor might outweigh the benefits for many people depending on their braking needs. One rule of thumb is that if you are just daily driving, there is no reason to get a slotted or drilled rotor other than to improve the way your rotors look. The drilled rotors will provide more friction against your pads and reduce the life of them. When a drilled rotor approaches its service limit or possibly sooner, you might find that it has a crack from one or two if the outer most drilled holes to the edge of the rotor. These holes provide a source for stress cracks, so they would not be favored for racing. This happens because of the heating and cooling of the rotor in an uneven pattern because of the proximity towards the edge. The advantages are that the scrub friction of the holes and slots, while increasing the wear on your pad, reduce the chance that the pad becoming glazed.
The slotted and drilled rotors are clearly visible as the friction surface is not completely smooth. They have a series of slotted channels, drilled holes, or both. These rotors primary purpose is to reduce the effects of brake fade. Brake fade occurs when the rotor and pad reach a higher than recommended temperature. When the temperature is too hot for the pad and rotor to work properly together, brake fade occurs, which refers to the reduced feeling of brake power. The high temperature causes the brake pads and rotors to release a gas, thus reducing the friction that they would provide at lower temperatures. The slots and drilled holes are a means to dissipate this gas and reduce brake fade. The drilled rotors may even help cool the rotor; however, the drilled holes may encourage for temperature related fractures. When the hole closest to the edge of the rotor cools, it does this at varied rates which leads to a crack that usually forms from the edge of the hole to the edge of the rotor. Of course, when you are experiencing brake fade, you are punishing your rotors to the point that you could warp or crack a rotor regardless of whether or not it is slotted or drilled.
Broken or worn-out windshield wipers are not the end of the world; however, there will be no discounting their importance when your vision is unclear and blurred because it’s pouring rain or snowing out. When that happens, your wiper blades’ utility will become all too obvious. It is much better to keep a close eye on your wipers and to be aware of their condition than to be caught in a horrible situation on the road that could’ve been avoided. Being able to recognize the signs of aging blades, and also how to go about getting them replaced, can definitely serve you well.
Checking for Signs of Wear
Many experts will recommend changing and at least checking your windshield wipers every six to 12 months. If you check them this often, you should be able to spot a worn out part before it’s too late.
How can you recognize the signs of a deteriorating blade? First, your wipers may begin to do an inadequate job of clearing your windshield. This may include smearing and streaking whatever is on your windshield, such as water or dirt, rather than effectively wiping it off. When the rubber on your wipers gets frayed, brittle and cracked, you may even hear screeching as the rubber struggles to properly wipe your windshield. In extremely worn wiper cases, the plastic (or graphite) body of the blade can rub the window.
If you go extended periods of time without ever having to use your wiper blades, you may not have to worry about these problems; however, this is not to say that blades do not naturally wear over time. This is another reason why proactively checking your blades at least once every year is a good idea.
Replacing Your Wiper Blades
When the time comes for you to replace your blades, you will have to purchase new wipers, remove your old blades and install the new ones.
Purchasing new blades should be very easy. The Prime Choice Auto Parts website utilizes a Year/Make/Model search functionality so customers can quickly find the appropriate auto parts for their vehicle. You will be able to search for the direct fit part that you need. The Prime Choice web store will help you select the exact size that you need. Plus, when you order your part online, you can save up to 70% and will also get free shipping.
Before you put your new blades on, you will have the task of removing your worn out blades. If you have never done this before, there are a few things you need to know about the different kinds of wiper blades. The first thing you will need to do is lift the wiper arms off the windshield. This will make it easier to work on, and it will allow you determine what type of wiper blades you currently have. These are three different types of blade removal mechanisms:
To remove a blade of this style, after pressing on the lever or unlatching it on the bottom of the connection, you will slide the wiper down towards the base of the wiper arm.
To remove this type of blade, take a flathead screwdriver and press the spring lock button. You may need to slightly wiggle the blade until it fully releases, and then pull the blade away from the arm.
To remove this type, simply lift the blade’s locking lever, and slide it back to the wiper arm’s base (towards the car).
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EDITOR WES RAYNAL: A while back I visited the largest Jaguar/Land Rover dealer in the country, Prestige in Paramus, N.J. I remember a sales guy telling me he couldn't wait for the all-wheel-drive Jags. and#8220;At least they'll give us a chance.