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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

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When to start worrying about you vehicles suspension

Posted 8/6/2019

What does a front controle arm do?

It attaches the frame or body of a car to the assembly that holds a front wheel. This assembly is called a steering knuckle. 

 

Control arms are attached to the frame or body of a car through compliant rubber bushings, called controle arm bushings. This allows a control arm to pivot up and down as front wheels trundle over lumps and potholes. The outer end of a control arm has a ball joint. Control arms have a highly significant role holding both front wheels on the road. If a control arm is unreasonably worn, damaged or bent, the vehicle is NOT SAFE to drive.

Control arm problems

There are a several reasons why a control arm may need to be reinstated. A worn-out ball joint that cannot be renewed is one of the most usual reasons. A ball joint is an notably critical component. If it wears out, the car is hazardous to drive: the front wheel can separate from the lower suspension making the vehicle lose control. 

 

Worn out or ripped control arm bushings is an added reason a control arm may need to be replaced. The control arm is also the most well-known part that bends in a accident concerning one of the front wheels or after hitting the curb. A bent control arm needs to be replaced.

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How frequently should your wheel alignment be done?

Posted 8/6/2019

Wheel alignment is the process of reviewing and modifying the angles of the wheels related to each other and the car frame.

Why do you need to do wheel alignment?

Wheel alignment is essential because with time the wheel angles change. This occurs as an effect of the deforming and wear of several rubber bushings in the vehicle suspension and weakening of the springs. Besides that, the wheel alignment needs to be reviewed after knocking deep potholes and curbs, especially after accidents. You'll also need to check your wheel alignment after replacement any of the important suspension or steering components. Furthermore, it should be done when lowering or raising the suspension. 

 

What are the signs of incorrect wheel alignment? 

– the steering wheel is off-center when driving straight 

– the vehicle pulls to one side when driving on a straight and even road 

– the vehicle doesn't hold the road well, feels wobbly, strays from side to side 

– tires are shrieking when turning 

– tires wear unevenly 

 

What are the advantages of doing your wheel alignment? 

Your tires, as well as suspension and steering components, will last longer and your vehicle will manage better. You might see that after the wheel alignment, the car handles the road better and feels more steady. Again, this is even more prominent if you have a sporty car or more extended tyres. 

#KJVR #Underfitments #wheelalignment #today

 

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Important things you need to know about exhaust silinder systems

Posted 8/6/2019

How Car Exhaust Systems Work

Each time your car operates, inside the engine there are thousands of tiny explosions occurring. Each explosion generates power. It does this when it forces against the pistons of the engine.

A side effect of the explosions is that, besides generating power, they produce leftover gas too.

 

The gas carries potentially dangerous chemicals. They include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons.

To stop the gases from penetrating the cabin and causing people to inhale them, they have to be conducted away from the engine compartment. This is the main function of a car exhaust system.

If exhaust gases go straight into the environment, it causes them to affect more people. Not to consider, the non-stop engine discharges also produce noise pollution.

The car exhaust systems of today, have been created to take care of all these problems.

 

Uses of a Car Exhaust System

A car exhaust system has three essential duties. They include:

  • To manage all exhaust fumes from the engine to behind the vehicle
  • To reduce discharges by reducing the number of toxic chemicals in the fumes
  • To reduce the noise caused by the explosions which transpire during the fuel combustion process.

We here at KJVR Underfitments stock a wide range of universal exhaust silencers to fit your vehicle's needs. Don't hesitate come visit our shop for all your under fitment needs.

#KJVR #Underfitments #exhaustsystem

 

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Symptoms of Bad Ball Joints

Posted 8/6/2019

What you need to know of your vehicle's suspension

The front suspension of your vehicle is a rather extraordinary system. An intricate assembly of control connections and wheel hubs, the front suspension not only enables your front wheels to move up and down individually of one another to give you a stable ride, it also makes both wheels turn left or right concurrently so that you can make your vehicle go where you need to go.

 

Although there are numerous sorts of front suspensions, such as the upper and lower control arm type and the MacPherson strut-type, they all share a basic component that allows them to do what they are produced to do: the ball joint. If a ball joint fails, it can have frightful consequences.

 

Today’s vehicles feature a front suspension system that uses upper and lower control arms to join the wheel hub to your vehicle. The wheel hubs, on which your wheels and tires are attached, are mounted to the outer ends of each control arm and persist commonly vertical as they move up and down with the rotating of the control arms. The hubs are also joined to your steering system and must be able to swivel left and right at any point in their up and down movement.

 

Ball joints are the crucial components that connect your wheel hubs to the control arms. They provide universal pivoting movement between the wheel hubs and control arms to give you a reliable, soft ride and allow you to precisely regulate your vehicle.

 

Their actual lifespan will depend on your driving manners, road circumstances and exposure to road splash and salt. As the ball and socket wear mutually, the normally close tolerance between them will expand and the ball joint will become wobbly over time.

Wear indicators incorporate mobile grease fitting. When a neckband of the grease fitting is level with or below the bottom of the ball joint housing, the ball joint is worn and should be repaired.

 

Other types have a wear indicator pin protruding through a hole in the bottom of the ball joint. As long as the pin is visible, the ball joint is OK. When it becomes flush with the housing or is not visible, then the ball joint should be replaced.

Dangers of worn ball joints 

A worn ball joint is not a problem that should be put off—a catastrophic failure of any ball joint will result in your front suspension coming apart and causing a lack of control of your vehicle. Should you speculate worn ball joints, you should have your vehicle checked out by a professional.

 

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16 Car Noises you should not Ignore

Posted 5/26/2019

Common car noises
Any sound when turning a corner.
Clunking when braking.
Flapping.
Grinding manual transmission when shifting.
Hissing or sizzling under the hood.
Knocking from the engine compartment.
Loud bang.
Low-pitch humming under the car.
Popping from the engine compartment.
Rattles from beneath the vehicle.
Roaring that increases with acceleration.
Squealing or chirping on acceleration.
Squealing wheels when applying brakes.
Scraping or grinding when applying brakes.
Tapping or clicking from the engine compartment.
Whining.https://www.bankrate.com/finance/money-guides/16-costly-car-noises-1.aspx
 
If you are not sure, rather be safe and visit our Bronkhorstspruit or Delmas branches for advice.

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)