Absolutely! If a technician has determined that you have a cracked, leaking, or torn CV boot, it doesn’t take long to damage the CV joint itself, easily tripling or quadrupling the cost of repair. Once you experience any noise when turning or accelerating, such as clunking, the CV joints themselves have more than likely been damaged already and the axle will need to be replaced.
The CV boots are protective rubber boots that cover the flexible ends of the drive axles. The boot has a large end and a small end and looks sort of like an “accordion funnel”. Each boot is attached to the axle with a metal band clamp on either end of the boot that presses the CV boot against the axle to keep it in place. Inside the boot there is special grease that lubricates the CV joint. The CV boot prevents the grease from drying out and more importantly it keeps dirt and grit from getting in and mixing with the grease to form an abrasive paste that can quickly damage the CV joint.
Modern front wheel drive cars typically combine the transmission and front axle into a single unit called a transaxle. The drive axle is a split axle with a differential and universal joints between the two half axles. Each half axle connects to the wheel by use of a constant velocity (CV) joint which allows the wheel assembly to move freely vertically as well as to pivot when making turns. A CV boot is used to protect the CV joint and prevent the grease from drying out and more importantly it keeps dirt and grit from getting in.
What our Automotive Service Consumers Should Know
Posted December 13, 2011 12:46 PM
There are some things Tucson consumers should know about our automotive service and repair. First and foremost, BRAKEmax Car Car Centers cares about you and your family’s safety. And that we really appreciate your business! BRAKEmax Car Car Centers wants to build a trusting relationship that becomes the foundation for a mutually beneficial experience for years to come.
Building on that foundation, there are some things that would help you understand the auto service and repair business better. First, it can be really hard to fix cars. The days of shade tree mechanics are long gone. The majority of automotive systems are computerized and it takes a lot of training and very expensive equipment to diagnose and repair modern vehicles. The technicians that work for BRAKEmax Car Car Centers need extensive computer training – not just how to run the diagnostic systems, but also searching for the right parts, networking with other technicians to help them with a difficult problem, and pulling together a job order that makes sure that each step of the process is addressed.
The threshold for getting started as a technician gets higher all the time and there is a huge commitment to on-going training every year. This training takes time and money. It contributes to business overhead. The average Tucson driver may not realize the business and environmental regulations BRAKEmax Car Car Centers must comply with. Of course that costs money too. Like any business, overhead is a big factor.
When you go into a Tucson restaurant you don’t value the meal by what the food would cost at the grocery store. The restaurant has rent, wages, insurance, taxes, utilities, professional fees, equipment, supplies – you get the picture. The restaurant has to charge enough to not only pay for the ingredients, but for all these other things as well while making enough profit to remain in business. If you value the meal and are satisfied with your dining experience, you’ll come back and tell your friends.
It’s the same for BRAKEmax Car Car Centers. The value of its service is not the cost of the parts they replace, but in your satisfaction with the results. If they deliver a good product at a fair price, customers are happy to see them succeed as a local automotive business.
Your service center loves to see its customers whenever they come in, but they would much rather see them three or four times a year for routine maintenance than once a year on a tow truck. They want to work together with you to avoid breakdowns. Tell your tucson area friends and family to go in for their scheduled maintenance too. That lowers the service center’s marketing costs and helps keep its labor rates down. That’s good for everyone.
Every vehicle owner should know the importance of their radiator. The radiator is beyond doubt an essential part of your vehicle. Fulfilling a crucial part in the cooling process of the automotive system, the auto radiator is something your vehicle can never afford to lose. A properly functioning radiator is vital to a vehicle’s performance. […]
At one time or another, most drivers encounter a power steering problem with their car. Things like fluid leaks, noise, stiff steering, or hard turning, after first starting the car. Normal driving eventually causes your power steering fluid to suffer from heat, friction and electrochemical degradation. The high pressure created when you hold hard turns […]
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Headlight Restoration will improve the look of your car plus increase the safety. We will restore those same ugly looking yellow headlights crystal clear – your friends will think you bought new headlights!
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A car starter is responsible for turning over, or starting, a vehicle engine. Located on the underside of most cars, the starter is controlled by the solenoid, which is a small attachment directly on top of the starter itself. The solenoid, which receives electricity from the car battery, is responsible for engaging and disengaging the […]
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The steering and suspension system of a car are not only important for safety reasons but also enhances the comfort level of the vehicle. The two systems are directly related to each other, which is why they are always referred to together. There are two basic types, standard mechanical steering and rack & pinion steering. […]
The water pump operates on centrifugal force. In the center hollow of the pump is the axle on the inside of the pump, connected to a series of vanes, which turn along with the axle. This turning motion creates suction, pulling water from the radiator. The water reaches the pump and is thrown against the […]
Wiper blades are like squeegees. The arms of the wiper drag a thin rubber strip across the windshield to clear away the water. When the blade is new, the rubber is clean and has no nicks or cracks. It wipes the water away without leaving streaks. When the wiper blades age, nicks or cracks form, […]
Fuel Injection Your fuel injector is what supplies fuel to your engine so that you can drive your vehicle. The function of a clean fuel injector is that they spray a fine continuous mist of gasoline to supply your engine with the fuel it needs to operate efficiently. This is opposite the function of a […]
Differential A differential typically serves two functions: redirect power flow to an axis in line with the drive wheels, and to allow a speed differential or difference between two drive axles to ease turning the vehicle. The amount of speed differential allowed between sides varies with the design of the differential used. Transfer Case A […]
There are several components that make up your A/C system. These components are connected by tubes and hoses to form a continuous path with two distinct sections: a high-pressure side and a low-pressure side. In order to transfer heat from the vehicle’s interior to the outside air, a chemical refrigerant is circulated throughout the system. […]
Being out of alignment can also cause poor handling when braking and cornering, along with poor gas mileage due to the lack of, or excess, friction between the tire and the road. There are three major adjustments on a vehicle that control the alignment of the wheels: Caster, Camber, and Toe. Camber and toe are […]
Maintenance for Arizona’s severe heat is a little different than maintenance for the rest of the country. It is recommended that you change your engine coolant every 24 months or when your manufacture recommends. It is important to your vehicle’s cooling system’s health and helps to prolong your engine’s life. What’s included in our Cooling […]
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Most hoses fail from the inside out. Rubber hose deteriorates with age and exposure to heat. The hose material can become hard and brittle. Tiny cracks develop in the rubber which eventually cause the hose to split, blister or leak. Oil on the outside of coolant hose can also accelerate the breakdown of the hose […]
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An alternator is part of the charging system of your car that produces electricity for many devices. A type of generator, the alternator transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy. Although your car’s battery supplies some electricity, most of the electrical mechanisms within the vehicle, require the alternator’s steady stream of power. Alternating current (rather than […]
Since the earliest days of full-blown computerized engine-control systems, there has always been some type of built-in self-diagnostic capability to detect faults. A computerized engine control system uses inputs from a wide variety of sensors and switches to regulate spark timing, fuel delivery and other emission functions. If a sensor fails, reads outside its normal […]
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