AUTO REPAIR SERVICES
COMMON STEERING & SUSPENSION REPAIRS
Common Steering & Suspension Repairs
Steering Service & Maintenance
Turning the steering wheel of your car seems simple, but a lot happens between your steering wheel and your car’s tires. This complex system relies on a number of processes in order to function properly. Nearly all vehicles today come with power steering, but if this system fails, it quickly becomes a safety issue. Typical steering and suspension services include wheel alignments, shock and strut repair and front and/or rear suspension repair.
Stabilizer Bar Service & Maintenance
Also known as a sway bar, the stabilizer bar is an important component responsible for keeping your car from rolling over while turning. Whereas the shock absorber keeps the ride smooth, the stabilizer bar keeps the car upright when it is turning by spreading weight equally over the tires.
The steering and suspension system is very intricate, so it’s important to have work done by a trusted technician. It contributes to the overall quality of your ride, but it is also integral to your vehicle’s safety. Keep up with regular maintenance and inspections, and make sure to address any problems right away.
CAR BATTERY SERVICE & BATTERY REPLACEMENT
Car Battery Service & Battery Replacement
Car Battery Replacement & Services
Some “Do-It-Yourself-ers” can perform these operations with all of the needed tools and equipment. Otherwise, save time and money by visiting your nearest Meineke service center. Have any needed repairs done by a trained and experienced technician without the hassle of performing the fix at home.
Battery diagnostics and maintenance includes:
- Visual and physical inspection for loose connections, dirt and corrosion
- Disconnecting and cleaning cable ends and battery terminals
- Applying a protective coating to prevent moisture and delay corrosion
- Replacement of worn or damaged cable ends
- Tightening cables to battery for optimal connection
- Testing to measure performance in harsh weather conditions
If your battery has adequate capacity but still is losing its charge, further testing is required. This type of test includes determining the electrical draw of the starter and the output of the alternator.
Meineke of Richmond has the equipment and highly trained technicians to meet all of your car battery inspection, service, replacement and installation needs.
CV JOINTS & DRIVESHAFTS REPLACEMENTS & REPAIR SERVICES
CV Joints & Driveshafts Replacement and Repair Services
CV Joint Repair & CV Joint Replacement
If identified early, boot replacement can save you money, but it is still a labor-intensive operation. For joints that have gone an extended period without lubricant, you will likely need to replace the entire axle. In some vehicles, the CV joint cannot simply be replaced – the entire half-shaft will need to be replaced. The half-shaft is crucial to propelling front-wheel drive vehicles.
If your car’s CV joints or boots need to be serviced, you may want to consider having the service performed sooner rather than later to avoid further damage to your vehicle. The easiest and most practical path to an efficient and effective repair is to bring your car to a trusted technician.
Understanding Your CV Axle Components
The most important part of CV axle maintenance is inspection of the protective boots. Replacement of cracked rubber boots can save the higher expense involved in joint or half-axle replacement.
These components are constantly exposed to the ups-and-downs of the road you drive on. Despite this stress, these joints can last tens of thousands of miles, so long as the protective boots covering them remain intact. CV joint failure almost always results from boot failure, resulting in the loss of grease and the entry of dirt and moisture.
What Exactly Are CV Boots?
CV boots are protective rubber or plastic components that cover the CV axle. Their job is to provide protection from bumps on the road. With constant use, the flexible rubber fatigues over time. Ultimately wearing down, the rubber cracks and allows the lubricant out and dirt and moisture in. Meineke offers free brake inspections, which is the perfect time to also inspect CV boots.
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