Three times this week I’ve heard the same silly statement from three separate drivers about noises their cars were making. Each driver said that a noise was annoying, so they turned up their radios and went into ignore mode. There was a time when I would have thought this was just the punch line to a sick joke but over the years, I’ve learned some people actually do it! Please don’t it could be dangerous or lead to a giant expense. Ignoring noises can lead to serious damage to the car or in some cases accidents and even death.
The proper thing to do is not turn the radio up or ignore the noise but instead turn the radio down and pay close attention to the noise. Then, head immediately to your favorite shop. If the noise gets noticeably worse on the way, stop and have the car towed. Towing is usually much cheaper than what might happen if a part fails and takes out other parts with it or causes an accident!
Unless you absolutely know what’s going on and what the consequences are don’t be human and rationalize, it’s just one more block or it’s just one more mile to the shop because you could be in for an ugly surprise. Many times when you push a noisy part till it totally fails it damages other parts. A good example of that is the engine’s water pump. The water pump circulates coolant between the engine and the radiator to keep the engine from getting too hot. Often when water pumps fail it’s due to a bad bearing which makes a rumbling noise under the hood. As the bearing gets worse so does the noise which can be loud. Such was the case this week with one of the drivers that cranked up his radio. This sad and awfully expensive story began with a failing water pump bearing that was begging for help by making an annoying grinding noise. As luck would have it the young man who owned the car had a bit of a dilemma, a serious cash flow problem. He didn’t have any money and without the car he couldn’t get to work to earn the money needed to fix his car. So, he did what every red-blooded young person would do, he turned up the volume on his radio, actually he was streaming to his Bluetooth adapter feeding his head unit playing through his amp but, same thing, music covers engine noise every time. As the noise got louder the music got louder until one day, he knew he had to get it fixed but less than a mile from my shop his car lurched, made a horrifying noise and stopped dead in its tracks.
The water pump had seized as in, metal parts getting so hot they melted and welded themselves together, two pieces of metal became one. And because this water pump was driven by his timing belt the pump seizure snapped the timing belt. This set a catastrophic chain of events in motion as valves hit pistons breaking one valve and shattering a piston! Bye, bye little engine.
Don’t ignore noises in your car unless you know they aren’t dangerous to you or your bank account. In this case loud music to cover up a noise and the driver’s “ignore mode” cost an extra thirty-five hundred dollars. And, he still had to buy a water pump for his new engine! Thanks for reading, please subscribe to Goss’ Garage on you tube, follow us on Facebook and for more car tips, tricks and money saving ideas visit goss dash garage dot com. Drive gently, see you next time right here in Goss’ Garage.
© Copyright 06/28/21 Pat Goss all rights reserved
Sam has been a Goss’ Garage customer for many years. For the most part Sam is a smart guy what with being a doctor and all but occasionally, he comes up with a ridiculous idea! Like when he came in to show off his new car. He was so proud that he had found just what he was looking for.
Seems Sam needed a car for his daughter to take to college and he wanted something extremely safe. To make sure he bought a safe car he went to the internet and found a website hosted by one of the guys out there on the lunatic fringe of automotive wisdom and followed that lunatic’s advice to the “T”! The loonie told him to look for a car from the late sixties to mid-seventies because they’re very safe thanks to solid steel frames and heavy gauge steel body panels making older cars a safety dream come true.
Oh-My-God this loonie is so wrong in so many ways. In my opinion, for telling a concerned father that a car like this would be safe for his daughter should land him in jail. But he’s on the internet and the internet is like the wild, wild west in the days of old and there really isn’t anyone to control such people. So, be incredibly careful and make sure you know the integrity of the source of your Internet information, or you might get ripped-off or hurt, literally.
But back to the car and why it isn’t the safest car to buy. It was a nineteen seventy-one Chevrolet Malibu four door in genuinely nice condition, and it ran like new but safe it was not. Many people seem to think that heavy steel frames and tough steel body panels make a car safe but, they do just the opposite. In an accident there are huge amounts of energy that must be dissipated. In modern cars that happens using designed-in crumple zones, easily deformed high-strength steel or aluminum body panels and a host of other safety features.
In an accident, whatever speed of the vehicle at the time of impact is also the speed of the people inside the vehicle. When a car is too stiff and non-deformable it stops very quickly but the people and things inside the vehicle keep moving at the same speed as the car until they hit something to slow them down. Hit something? At just about any speed that’s going to hurt or worse.
In a modern car the ability to deform allows the car to come to a stop more slowly and to dissipate the energy of the crash throughout the car’s body. This fraction of a second slower stop allows a tick more time for your body to slow before hitting something and even then, your body will hit a compliant airbag or multiple airbags rather than hard, rigid steel. Additionally, the steering wheel will be energy absorbing and the body structure will be designed to move the crash energy around you rather than through you. The engine mounting will be designed so if the engine is dislodged in an accident, it moves down and under you rather than moving straight back to crush your legs or lower body. Granted the old car will probably show a lot less damage and you might think that means safer, but safety is not about the beauty of a car following an accident, it’s about saving your life. Usually, the newer the car is, the safer the car is! Thanks for reading, please subscribe to Goss’ garage on you tube, follow us on Facebook and for more car tips — tricks and money saving ideas visit goss dash garage dot com. Drive gently — see you next time right here in Goss’ Garage.
© Copyright 06/24/21 Pat Goss all rights reserved
In Goss’ Garage
by Pat Goss
If you have a late model car it probably has some very sophisticated safety features. Things like parking aids, blind spot monitoring, autonomous braking with pedestrian recognition, anti-lock braking, traffic signal recognition, adaptive high beam assist, lane keeping assist and maybe even radar cruise control.
These are all wonderful systems that can help you avoid accidents, but did you know that unless these systems work properly, they can give you false information and cause an accident. Not good but that begs the question, how do you keep them working properly? More to the point, how would they get out of calibration so they would lie to you? There are many ways, and you might be driving a car with a problem right now.
First you must consider how most of these systems work. Usually mounted under the plastic shield that surrounds the attachment of the inside rearview mirror is one or more cameras. These cameras look out at the white lines on the sides of the lanes and send a signal to the car’s computer telling it where you’re positioned within those lines. Or they look straight ahead and report on the things they see within your path. Some will be on one or both outside mirrors and look for vehicles in your blind spot and post a picture on your center video display.
Then come the radar sensors that are mounted in the grill or front bumper and the sonar type sensors mounted in the bumpers and lots more on some cars. All these cameras and sensors must know their position relative to the rest of the car to work properly. So, you get that crack in your windshield and it has to be replaced and guess what, the new windshield does not come with a camera. That means the camera or cameras mounted to the inside of the old windshield must be transferred to the new windshield.
Sounds simple enough but the cameras are mounted in plastic holders that may not be precisely glued to the inside of the new windshield. Because of allowable tolerances in manufacturing every time a windshield is replaced the calibration of the cameras has to be checked. On some cars the system will perform its own calibration but on most you will have to have the calibration done with a special machine. That machine is called an ADAS calibration machine. ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
Okay so ADAS must be calibrated after a new windshield has been installed but that’s not all. In most cases the systems will need calibration when the car has been involved in an accident or fender bender, often after bumper cover replacement and in some cases after outside mirror replacement and the list goes on.
The big thing here is that you need to be aware of the systems your car has and what services they may need and when they need those services. If you cut corners or the shop fixing your car cuts corners you could wind up with an unsafe vehicle.
Consider you have your windshield replaced and the ADAS calibration is not performed which could leave you with a lane keeping system that is out of calibration relative to the lane marking lines at the center and edge of the road. You have become accustomed to the system keeping you between the lines and now instead of doing that it steers you off the road. Or how about failure to calibrate your blind spot monitoring system? You’re on the Interstate moving along with traffic (literal interpretation, moving very fast) and need to make a lane change. Over the time you’ve owned your car you have become accustomed to the system warning you when there is a car in your blind spot but this time it doesn’t because it’s calibration is off. Any idea how bad the accident can be at high speed when you try to change lanes and the back quarter of your vehicle hits the front quarter of another vehicle. It’s an easy way for people to get very hurt or worse.
My point here is that all this new safety equipment is wonderful but there is a learning curve that goes with it and included in that learning curve should be an understanding of what systems you have and what questions to ask if your car needs repair.
If you would like to see an example of the equipment needed to calibrate ADAS systems, feel free to stop by our Lanham MD shop and we’ll be happy to show you our brand-new system.
Copywrite 03/22/2021 Pat Goss all rights reserved.
Last year, American Honda released a poster designed to help keep your customers safe. That poster identified certain Honda and Acura vehicles that may have been affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls affecting customers at that time. Since then, the inflator recalls have expanded, so we have provided an updated poster below that includes additional Honda and Acura vehicles that were not part of the earlier recalls. Please expect the physical copy of the poster inside the following publications in the second week of September: Brake &Front End, ImportCar, Underhood Service, Tire Review, BodyShop Business, and Counterman. It includes a toll free phone number and web addresses where you or your customers can check a vehicle’s recall completion status. Please replace your existing posters with this latest version, and if you do not already have a poster on display, please share this information with your employees and customers right away by placing this poster in a visible location.
Please note that the new poster also distinguishes those vehicles considered to be of highest risk of rupture. This determination was made by the federal government based on scientific analysis by Takata of PSDI front driver airbag inflators – so-called “Alpha” inflators – removed from recalled 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles in the state of Florida revealed a very high rupture rate in laboratory testing. Based on this analysis, Honda concurs with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s recommendation that this particular sub-group of 313,000 “Alpha” vehicles should only be driven to a dealer in order to have their Takata airbag inflators replaced as rapidly as possible. There is an abundant supply of replacement inflators and the repair is free of charge and can be completed quickly.
With your help, we can help ensure that our shared customers are driving a vehicle that is safe. Please check VINs at recalls.honda.com for Honda vehicles and recalls.acura.com for Acura vehicles or call 1(888) 234-2138 for open recalls. If a vehicle needs a recall repair, please advise the vehicle’s owner to contact their local dealer immediately to arrange the free repair.
Again, please keep this poster in a convenient location for your staff and customers to see.
American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. appreciates your support and cooperation in this effort to help keep our shared customers safe.
Now news and views. This week a survey from car insurance dot com found that in crowded holiday parking lots men are more likely to keep others waiting and hit cars — people and poles. Sorry guys! Michelle megna managing editor of car insurance dot com says when someone is waiting to take a spot being vacated forty percent of women hurry up but only twenty five percent of men pick up the pace. More men than women hit objects — touch another driver and give a hand gesture. But both sexes are choosy about who they park near said megna. A quarter of drivers avoid parking next to cars with body damage while sixteen percent avoid suvs and eleven percent avoid cars with toys and safety seats. While holiday shoppers may know exactly what gifts they need — their knowledge of the role car insurance plays in parking lot incidents is seriously lacking. According to the survey only thirty nine percent correctly chose liability insurance as the coverage that pays for damage to the other driver’s car in an at-fault accident. Only thirty eight percent knew that collision coverage pays when you damage your own car. And when it comes to having gifts stolen from a parked car, only twenty percent knew that homeowners or renters insurance not car insurance pays. So watch out for male drivers in the parking lots as you hit the malls for your holiday shopping. Read more at car insurance dot com. We’ll be right back.
Next Thursday November 13th our Chat will not take place.