I feel like my steering system is no longer as responsive as it used to be. I'm not sure if it's normal and part of typical wear and tear caused by age (my Chevrolet Sonic is two years old now) or if it's something I should be worried about. What are the common symptoms of steering problems in a vehicle?
To address the problem, there are some questions you will need to answer. First, what specific things do you observe that make you say your vehicle steering system is no longer as responsive? Does it feel spongy when you steer? Is your steering system suddenly jumpy? Or can you feel some shimmy when steering? These are all symptoms of a steering system problem. If you hear any weird noises when you steer your vehicle, then that's another indication of trouble. Aside from these, leaks coming from the steering system are guaranteed symptoms of a problem that need immediate attention. If you notice this, check for the source of the leak and replace any damaged o-ring, seal, or hose. You can also take your car to the mechanic for a thorough check of the system.
I've always had to deal with car problems related to road salt during winter, and it's pretty tiring—not to say expensive. Are there effective ways to prevent problems caused by road salt?
Road salt is an unavoidable element during winter due to the treating and de-icing that happens in all roads. However, while nobody can seem to escape from this damaging and harsh element, there are some things you can do to protect your car from its harmful effects. One, wash your car more frequently and use the right car washing formula. This is the only way you can eliminate road salt after driving in snow. Before the winter comes, clean your vehicle thoroughly and apply winter wax to add some layer of protection to its body. Look for cracks and chips on the paint and touch them up right away to prevent corrosion on the metal panels. After winter, wash your vehicle more thoroughly in order to move any and all remaining road salt altogether. Then, reapply wax to your car.
Recently, I noticed some vibrations coming from my Chevrolet Sonic brakes whenever I press on the brake pedal. The vibration is not that strong, but it's there. I'm concerned that this might lead to serious problems and accidents later on. What could be causing this, and what can be done in order to fix the problem?
The most common cause of vibration when braking is an irregularity in the surface of the brake disc or rotor. The irregularity may be caused by two things. Either the disc has accumulated dirt and rust deposits on its surface, or it has what is called as a thin spot—a spot that has come into irregular contact with the disc, causing the surface to develop the said spot. The first thing to do is to find out which disc is affected, and then to determine if the disc can be resurface or turned. This is the process of smoothing the surface of the rotors to correct any problem. However, note that if the rotor is already a bit thin, resurfacing won't solve the problem—you will need to get a new rotor for the brakes.