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28 Market Street

BRONKHORSTSPRUIT

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We specialize in:

Suspensions

Brakes

Brake Pads

Shim

Wheel Alignment

CV Joints

CV Boot

Shocks

Exhausts

Bearings

Ball Joints

Tie Rods

Rack Ends

Steering Rack Boots

Steering Rack

Lower Control Arm

Linings

Idler Arm

Pittman Arm

Caster Rod

Stabilizer

Ball Joint Reckon

Tow Bars

Cnr 4th & 3rd Streets

DELMAS

SHOP

 

We specialize in:

Suspensions

Brakes

Brake Pads

Shim

Wheel Alignment

CV Joints

CV Boot

Shocks

Exhausts

Bearings

Ball Joints

Tie Rods

Rack Ends

Steering Rack Boots

Steering Rack

Lower Control Arm

Linings

Idler Arm

Pittman Arm

Caster Rod

Stabilizer

Ball Joint Reckon

Tow Bars

How do you know that the brake pads need changing?

Posted 5/23/2019

When you look through the spaces between the wheel spokes, you will see if there are wear on the brake pads.

You will see the outside pad is pressed against a metal rotor, and there should be at least 6.35mm of pad left.

When you see there is less or is not sure, you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced.

Delmas & Bronkhorstspruit branches
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How do you know if the suspension is damaged?

Posted 5/13/2019

Usually, the car will tell you when it's time for suspension repairs.  a Rough ride is an obvious sign when it's a bumpy ride and the car rides roughly. 

When your turning and the vehicle is drifting or pulling, this basically means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle's body stable and this can cause to rollover.  If you apply the brakes and the vehicle is lurching forward like a nosedive then you know the shocks are worn out. 

Take a look at your tires, if the tires are wearing out unevenly or if there are balding spots, this means that there is uneven pressure on the tires caused by the suspension. 

Look under your car and if there are oily or greasy spots, there are fluids leaking and something is not working properly.    This is just to mention a few. 

Visit our Delmas or Bronkhorstspruit branch if you suspect anything wrong with your suspension.

Why is my car making a rumbling noise?

Posted 5/7/2019

The exhaust rumbling maybe the exhaust pipe rusted through. The rumbling at low speeds may be coming from a tire. The squealing noise at the full turn is most likely a serpentine belt for your power steering pump that needs to be adjusted or replaced. 
Visit one of our shops at Bronkhorstpsruit and Delmas to have a look at this problem.

KJVR Undercar Fitments ~ Suspension Bushes

Posted 2/18/2019

Suspension Bushes in Delmas and BronkhorstspruitSuspension Bushes in Delmas and Bronkhorstspruit

We specialize in Suspension Bushes at our Bronkhorstspruit and Delmas Branches.

 

When to replace bushes

Most drivers think that mechanics are the only ones to identify faults in a car. However, sometimes we need to identify these problems by ourselves. According to Bosco Kigongo if your bushes are severely worn out you may be able to feel or even hear a difference in the car’s handling. There could be vagueness in the steering, poor handling or braking, knocking, rattling or creaking from the suspension.
However, Kigongo says visually inspecting the bushes is one way to know if they need replacement. Over time, the material degrades and it should be obvious if they are cracked and badly worn. It is not an exact science, some worn bushes may look fine but could still be due for replacement.
Remember there several types of bushes including anti-roll bar bushes, suspension bushes, and wishbone bushes.

Because of the amount of labor associated with installing new bushings on some vehicles, the overall cost can be high relative to the bushings themselves. New bushings, though, can markedly improve the ride and handling of a vehicle that’s been in use for several years.
According to Ronald Lubega, a mechanic, some bushes are easier to replace than others, but most are quite complicated and detailed. They can take a lot of physical strength to remove and some will need specialist pressing tools. In some cases, it can be more economical to replace the entire component rather than just the bush. For example, for the time, effort and expense it takes to press out a wishbone bush, you might be better off replacing the whole wishbone.
Lubega adds that Anti-roll bar bushes are the most commonly replaced bushes as the anti-roll bars are constantly twisting, he says most mechanics actually find these easy to replace.

By David S. Mukooza (www.monitor.co.ug)

KJVR Undercar Fitments ~ Wheel Bearings

Posted 2/13/2019

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We specialize in Wheel Bearings at our Bronkhorstspruit and Delmas Branches.

What Is a Wheel Bearing?

A wheel bearing is a set of steel balls held together by a metal ring called a race. They help wheels spin fast with as little friction as possible. They are used on all kinds of vehicles, from bicycles to aircraft and cars. On a car, a wheel bearing rides on a metal axle shaft and fits tightly inside the hub, which is a hollow chunk of metal at the center of the wheel. The hub holds the lug bolts that you use to bolt the tire onto the wheel. The wheel bearing is pressed into the hub from the back.

What Does a Bad Wheel Bearing Sound Like?

When bearings are damaged and making noise, it's hard to diagnose because you have to drive the vehicle in order to reproduce the sound. Here are tips to help you find the source of the problem:

  • When the seal on the wheel bearing is broken or damaged, the noise starts out very faint and becomes louder over time. It sounds like the noise that your tires make when hitting a rumble strip on the highway, just not quite as loud, something like the sound of playing cards flapping against bicycle spokes.
  • While driving down the road about 40 mph, sway the car side to side slowly, shifting the weight of the vehicle from one side to the other. Do not drive crazy or cause the car to spin out, just sway it gently. Notice whether the noise gets louder or softer. If the noise is a little less if you turn right, the damaged bearing may be on the left, or vice versa.
  • Note that tires that are "chopped" or "scalloped" (worn in patches) also make a rhythmic noise that increases in speed. This sounds very similar to a bad wheel bearing. Look at your tires as well if you hear this kind of noise.

According to Eddie Carrara (www.axleaddict.com)

KJVR Undercar Fitments ~ Inner and Outer Tie Rod Ends

Posted 2/4/2019

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We specialize in Tie rod ends at our Bronkhorstspruit and Delmas Branches.

Tie rod ends are parts that connect the steering rack to the steering knuckle on each front wheel. An adjusting sleeve sits between the inner and outer tire rod ends. When you turn the steering wheel, it transmits that movement through various steering components until the tie rod ends push or pull the wheel and make the wheels turn. Having the ability to turn corners is pretty important, so tie rod ends play a large role in any vehicle's safety. Deceptively simple-looking, the outer tie rod end hides some internal parts.

SYMPTOMS OF FAILING TIE ROD ENDS

  • Uneven tire wear. If the inside or outside tread of your front tires are wearing early compared to the rest of the tread, it can be a sign that the wheel camber is incorrect.
  • Squealing sound from the front when turning. This sounds different from the squeal/groan the power steering makes when low on fluid. A failing tie rod end has more of a brief, high-pitched shriek. This could just be a bad ball joint, so take a look to be sure.
  • Loose steering feel. Also described as clunky or shaky steering, this will feel like a slight disconnect between steering movement and the associated movement in the wheel/tire.
  • Tie rod failure. This is the most severe sign. A broken tie rod causes steering loss, which could lead to an accident. This is why manufacturers take these components seriously and recall a vehicle if there's a chance they were misassembled at the factory.

HOW TO TELL IF TIE RODS ARE BAD

Fortunately, it's simple to check if the tie rods are bad. Jack up the front of the vehicle, using an appropriate weight jack and rated jack stands. Once the wheel is entirely off the ground, check for play by placing your hands at nine o'clock and three o'clock positions (the midpoint of the left and right sides of the tire). Press with left, then right, alternating a push/pull movement on each side. If there is play or slop, it's worth investigating further. The front is already jacked up, so take off the wheel and have a look underneath.

Right behind the brake rotor and hub, you should be able to see the tie rod end. Inspect it for any damage. If the bushing is torn, odds are road grit has accumulated inside and destroyed it, so you will need to replace the tie rod. If the bushing is solid, reach up and grasp the outer tie rod firmly, and give it a good shake. If it easily moves from side to side, it's time for a replacement.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE IS KEY

At every oil change, grease the tie rod ends. Look for a grease fitting on the outer edge by the bushing. Clean it off, and use a grease gun filled with the proper grease. The new grease pushes out the old, as well as any collected contaminants and road grit. Sure, it's an extra step when changing the oil, but tie rod maintenance will delay the need for a tie rod replacement.

If it's time to replace your tie rods, there is some good news. Since they are wearing items that are meant to be replaced, they are easy to find online or in your local Advance Auto Parts store, and they're affordable and a straightforward replacement. You'd probably want an adjustable tie rod ends in your souped-up classic, but the standard replacement parts are rock solid for daily driver duty.

 

By Andy Jensen www.shop.advanceautoparts.com

KJVR Undercar Fitments ~ Ball Joints and Control Arms

Posted 1/28/2019

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We specialize in Ball Joints at our Bronkhorstspruit and Delmas Branches.

What are Ball Joints?

Ball Joints connect the control arms and the steering knuckles.  They are basically used in every vehicle and are working on the same principle as the human hip joint.  Of course, these parts are made out of steel and not bone, but it consists of a bearing stud and a socket that is enclosed in a casing.  The casing prevents the dirt from getting into the joint assembly.   

What is the Control Arm:

 
A Control arm is a hinged suspension link between the chassis and the suspension upright that carries the wheel.  This is attached by a single pivot (usually a rubber bushing)  The Control arm helps with easy turning and prevents you from feeling the small vibrations.  Driving with a bad control arm bushing is not dangerous but it can hamper your driving experience.   

 

When the bushings or the ball joints in the control arm are worn out, it can cause vibrations that can be felt in the wheels.   The vibrations will increase when you accelerate but will smooth out when you are traveling at speed.

 

We do not recommend driving like this and to get in contact with us if you are not sure.

http://www.kjvrundercarfitments.co.za/contact-us/ 

KJVR Undercar Fitments ~ Shock Absorbers Delmas and Bronkhorstspruit

Posted 1/23/2019

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We specialize in Shock Absorbers at our Bronkhorstspruit and Delmas Branches. 

 

If you have a bumpy ride and is all over the road when driving, then you need to check out your shock absorbers. 
Shock Absorbers are designed to absorb any vibrations or bounces that you may experience during your drive. Visit one of our branches in Bronkhorstspruit or Delmas so that you can also experience that smooth ride everyone is talking about. 

KJVR Undercar Fitments ~ Wheel Alignment

Posted 1/14/2019

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We specialize in Wheel Alignment at our Bronkhorstspruit and Delmas Branches.

 

If you want to maximize the Tyre life of your vehicle, you need to adjust the angles of the wheels so that they are at an angle of 90° to the ground and parallel to each other on a regular basis. 

KJVR Undercar Fitments ~ Suspensions in Delmas and Bronkhorstspruit

Posted 1/2/2019

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We specialize in Suspensions at our Bronkhorstspruit and Delmas Branches.

Suspension is the system of tires, tire air, springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels and allows relative motion between the two. Suspension systems must support both roadholding/handling and ride quality, which are at odds with each other. Have you checked your Suspension lately? We can do a full inspection for you to make sure your vehicle is safe.