Thursday, August 2, 2018

How Do I Know If I Need a New Idler Arm?



Have you been having steering issues with your car? There are a number of concerns that can cause problems with your steering. However, a bad idler arm is the most common cause of steering issues. The first thing you will want to know before figuring out if your idler arm is malfunctioning is to understand the role the idler arm plays.

What is the Idler Arm? 


The idler arm is a part of your car's parallelogram steering system.  It is one of the three pieces that fit between four tie rods that make up the parallelogram shape. It's important to note that most cars are made of the parallelogram steering system. Therefore, some cars have two idler arms instead of one. This is crucial information when diagnosing symptoms. The idler arm is actually the reflection of the pitman arm. The pitman arm attaches to the steering gear and transfers motion to the center link, tie rods, and front wheels.  The idler arm reflects this same motion only on the passenger side.  Understanding how the idler arm works will allow you to determine if you need a new one or not. Here are a few things that indicate your idler arm is going bad.


1. Road Walking 


Road walking feels very similar to needing an alignment. If you feel your car is weaving back and forth on its own, then it may be due to road walking. To know for sure if your vehicle is road walking, be very attentive at keeping your car straight. If it still weaves back and forth on its own, then you are dealing with road walking. This is also a sign that your idler arm is malfunctioning.

2.  Play In the Wheel 


Using this test if you think your idler arm is going out is easier and safer than testing for road walking. While your car is in park try to move the steering wheel back and forth. If you can move your steering wheel easily, then you have a lot of play in your wheel. While you want some movement in your steering wheel, too much means there is a problem with your idler arm.

3. Free Wheeling 


Freewheeling is not a test you can do yourself. When you test for freewheeling, your car needs to be raised. Once you lift your vehicle, you will want to go the front tires and try and move them from side to side. If your wheels do shift back and forth, it is a sign the idler arm is going bad.


Replace Your Idler Arm 


Testing and replacing your idler arm is simple and does not always require a mechanic. If you think your idler arm is going out based on the tips above, then it is time to replace it. It is cheaper to replace the idler arm yourself if you can. The first step to replacing your idler arm is purchasing a new one. At EZ Accessory, we have the idler arm you need to make your car drive smoothly again. Here is all the idler arm we offer.



Monday, July 30, 2018

What Is a Valve Stem?


Your car's tires are crucial to your car's safety and how it performs and handles. Tires are made up of several elements that enable them to perform correctly. One of those elements is the valve stem. The valve stem is responsible for inflation and deflation. Without valve stems, your tires would not be able to have the right inflation levels. Installing a valve stem correctly will help maintain tire pressure and prolong the life of your tires. It is important to understand what the valve stem is and how it works so that you can tell when you might have a bad valve stem.

How Valve Stems Work

The main function of a valve stem is to maintain the right pressure in your tire. They do this using a combination of spring-loaded pin and the actual pressure inside the tire. When a pump head is placed on the spring it stops the air flow and inflates your tire. When the pump head is removed, the air flow comes out and your tire deflates. This allows you to maintain the pressure of your tires easily. All you have to do is place a tire gauge over the valve stem with the pump head off. The gauge will allow you to tell if the pressure in your tire is low or not. If your tire is losing inflation and there is no hole, then you may need a valve stem.

Types of Valves

Depending on the type of tire you have, the type of valve may differ. The tire valve is a small metal and wire tube that protrudes from the tire. The most common type is a Schrader valve. This type of valve is rubber with a metal tip which is threaded like a screw for the valve cap. Some high-end cars may have Presta valves. A Presta valve is made of metal and is thinner in diameter.

Types of Valves Stems

There are two different types of valve stems. The first is for tubeless tires. This type of valve stem is considered a separate element from the tire. Tubeless tire valve stems can wear independently of the tire. In some cases, replacing the valve stem is done separately. The second type is an inner tube valve. This type of valve stem is part of the inner tube and usually sticks out from the tire. No matter what type of valve stem you have, if taken care of properly, they should outlast the tire. However, it is recommended that the valve is replaced when the tire is.


Replace Your Valve Stem 

If you think your valve stem is not working correctly, you should not wait to replace it. Driving on a low or flat tire is not good for your car or the rim of your tire. You can take your car in to have the valve replaced. Or to save on money, you can install one yourself. To find the perfect valve stem at the best price choose EZ Accessories. Click here to see our selection.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

How Do I Know If I Need a New Sway Bar



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Does your car feel a little less stable than normal? If so, you may need a new sway bar. You might be asking what exactly is a sway bar. A sway bar is responsible for keeping your car stable and handling smoothly under diverse driving conditions. The older your car gets, the more likely it is for the stabilizer bar links to start to wear out. When the sway bar starts to wear out, you will notice symptoms that will let you know it is time to replace your sway bar. Not replacing your sway bar can cause significant damage to the front end of your vehicle and potentially lead to an accident. If your car has any of the warning signs below, then it is time to replace your sway bar.

Clunking or Rattling Noises From the Tire Area 


Hearing a clunking or rattling noise coming from your car is never a good sign. If you hear this noise coming from around the front two tires, you may need your sway bar replaced. The clunking or rattling noise that you hear is due to the sway bar wearing out. The sway bar which is attached to the lower control arm at the front end of your car is supposed to fit incredibly snugly except between rubber bushings. When the links that attach the sway bar to the lower control arm start to wear out, you will hear a clunking or rattling noise. If the noise seems to be louder or more noticeable when going around corners, then it is time to replace your sway bar.

Poor Handling or Loose Steering Wheel


While there are many causes to your car not handling as well as it once did, one reason may be due to the sway bar wearing out. Since the sway attaches to the lower control arms, it negatively affects the steering and handling when the sway bar goes out. In most cases, the poor handling and steering are due to the bushings. The role of the brushing is to take the majority of the impact and protect the metal parts from wearing out. However, if oil or grease gets embedded in the sway bar, the steering, and handling will be affected. If you notice your car is harder to handle or your steering wheel is not as tight as it once was, then it is time to get your sway bar checked.


Have Your Sway Bar Checked


One of the easiest ways to determine if you need a new sway bar is to have it checked. You may be thinking that you do not want to pay to have just the sway bar checked. The best time to have your sway bar looked at is when replacing your tires or a during a regular vehicle inspection.

Replace Your Sway Bar For Less 


If you have any of the above symptoms and you determine it is time to replace your sway bar, then finding the best deal is the most important thing. Buy your sway bar from EZ Accessories for the best price. Check out our sway bars here.

Monday, June 18, 2018

EZ Accessory - What is a Lug Nut? 

You’ve likely heard of lug nuts, but what exactly are they? Knowing the right type and size of lug nut for your vehicle is important to ensure that your wheels are installed properly. Here are some lug nut basics as well as information on installing and removing lug nuts.

What is a Lug Nut?

A lug nut or bolt is used to fasten a wheel to a vehicle. Any large vehicle, including cars, trucks, and heavy machinery, typically has lug nuts. Lug nuts are usually made of steel, aluminum, or an alloy. One end of a lug nut is round while the other end is tapered. Lug nuts screw into a car’s wheel connecting it to its axle. This allows for the lug nut to secure the wheel to the car.

Lug nuts come in many different shapes and sizes. Each lug nut is different to match a car’s wheel mount specifications. Lug nuts typically come in four different types. These types are cone seat, bulge cone seat, under hub cap, and spline drive.


Removing a Lug Nut

A lug nut can be removed with a socket wrench, lug nut wrench, or air wrench tool. If a wheel has a hubcap, it should be removed first using a screwdriver. If you’re removing the whole wheel and not just a lug nut, the wheel should be stabilized. First, lift the wheel from the ground using a jack. Next, use blocks to make sure the wheel remains stationary. Finally, use your wrench to alternate loosening and tightening until the lug nut has been removed.

Installing a Lug Nut

When installing a lug nut, you must go in an alternating pattern. Most people prefer installing lug nuts in a star pattern. Installing lug nuts this way ensures that the wheel’s weight is evenly distributed across its surface. We recommend turning the lug nut by hand for the first ten or so turns. Doing this prevents any cross threading, allowing the screw to go in straight. Afterwards, a torque wrench is the wrench we recommend for installing lug nuts. Although, a lug wrench, socket wrench, or air wrench tool also would work well. Always make sure you’ve tightened a lug nut as much as you can. Loose lug nuts can cause damage to your wheel or cause it to fall off.

When working with lug nuts always be sure you are using the correct size and type of nut. The wrong lug nut will not fit properly or secure your wheel. If you do not feel comfortable installing or removing lug nuts on your own, always consult a trained professional. If you are looking for lug nuts or have questions about the right lug nuts for your vehicle, contact EZ Accessory at sales@ezaccessory.com or 1-800-505-8758.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

How Do I Know if I Need a New Muffler

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Regardless of your knowledge of cars, you should know that a muffler is crucial. Your muffler operates as a sort of sound barrier. As a part of your car’s exhaust system, the muffler quiets the vehicle and is located at the rear. However, the real question is how do you know when you need a new one? There are three major warnings that you should keep an eye out for. These signs are the muffler’s sound, the amount of exhaust fumes, and gas mileage.

Muffler Noise


The first and most obvious sign that your muffler needs to be replaced is the sound that it makes. At first, it may be subtle, but you will hear a roaring noise that is coming from your engine. However, as the problem intensifies the sound will increase in volume. This means that the condition of your current muffler is worsening, and you should look to replace it before it causes further damage. This noise is typically the first warning sign that you will notice because the sound is quite obnoxious.

Exhaust Fumes


The next clue will affect your sense of smell. The volume of fumes emitted from your exhaust will tell you if your muffler needs replaced. The muffler works to limit the fumes that leak into the vehicle’s cabin area. You will begin to notice a more pungent fume smell from the inside of your car. This is another sign that you need a new muffler.

Gas Mileage


A final way to know that your muffler isn’t working properly is your gas mileage. The number of miles per gallon your vehicle usually gets will begin to steadily decrease. You will notice that you are making more frequent visits to the gas pump. Your car may be leaking fuel, which is also a safety hazard. If this is the case, you should purchase a new muffler as soon as possible.


All of these warnings signs will tell you if your car needs a new muffler. Driving around with a bad muffler is damaging to your vehicle and your personal and financial health. It is best to install a new muffler as soon as you notice any warning signs. This will limit the amount of damage caused to your vehicle by a faulty muffler.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Benefits of Wheel Spacers



                                            
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When purchasing a car, you want the best car that fits your needs. Whether you are looking for a luxury car or a simple everyday car, there are different aspects for you to consider. Besides looking at the interior and exterior features, you will also want to consider things such as performance, functionality, and engine performance. When it comes to performance, functionality, and performance, wheel spacers are the most crucial car accessory. Wheel spacers improve the performance and appearance of your car, which enhances the overall functionality. Before you run off and buy wheel spacers, you should know all the benefits that come with them.

Appearance and Look

Wheel spacers allow you to add unique wheels to your car. The wheels protrude outward, which gives your car a more sporty and stylish look. Some sports car can have wheel spacers installed into rims, which gives them a completely different look. When using wheel spacers, you can completely change the look and feel of your car to make it your own.

Improved Performance


Wheel spacers can improve the overall performance of your car. They are a key piece you need to improve your car's performance. If you take a look around, you will see many car manufacturers adding wheel spacers to their cars to improve the performance. While adding standard wheel spacers can improve the performance, adding custom wheel spacers can take your car's performance up a few more notches. That is why car lovers are always on the lookout for highly functional spacers.

Improve Incorrect Offset

While most of the time your car's offset is correct, there are some instances where it can be improved. If you are considering taking your car through rugged terrain, then it is a good idea to get wheel spacers installed. Wheel spacers provide a more stable driving experience both in daily and rugged terrain.  If you want more stability, then a custom wheel adapter is best.

Provide a Better Stance

You may come to find you want a better stance with your car when it comes to maneuvering, braking, and turning. A simple way to fix this is by increasing the wheelbase of your car.  Installing wheel adapters will allow for a wider wheelbase, which will give you a better stance. Wheel adapters are more cost-effective than getting a wider wheel.

Buy Your Wheel Spacers

Wheel spacers have many benefits to them. Not only do they allow you to make your car you own but your car handles better with them.  Wheel spacers are the answer you need if you want to change up the look or performance of your car. If you are looking for the right wheel adapter, then look no further than EZ Accessory We have many different standard options as well as custom wheel adapters. EZ Accessory makes it easy to find the perfect wheel spacers for your needs. For regular wheel spacers click here. Change up the look and feel of your car with wheel spacers.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Wheel spacers: Pros and Cons

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Are you considering a new look for your vehicle? Wheel spacers are a great addition without a lot of work or money. Though they may be changing the configuration of the wheels, it is not a dangerous change. In some instances, it even improves the vehicle. Here are a few things you need to consider before making your purchase.

Cons


Whenever you augment a vehicle, whether by shocks or wheel adapters, you run the risk of safety issues. Many concerns revolve around the fact that you are changing the manufacture specifications of the vehicle. This, of course, can void whatever manufacturer warranty there may be associated with the vehicle. You should check with the warranty company first to determine any negative effects.

Pros


There may be some concerns with adding wheel adaptors and spacers to your car. The benefits far outweigh those concerns. Customization of your vehicle increases your satisfaction with the car. Enjoying the car you ride in every day is important to your happiness. If you find that enjoyment from altering the wheels of your car, that is an easy adjustment. Some spacers can increase performance in your vehicle by allowing for a wider tire to grip turns more efficiently. In some instances, the spacer moves the tire away from the body of the car giving the car a wider base and increasing performance. In other instances, that extra space in the wheel well is for different adjustments to the vehicle, like shocks or brake calipers.

Adding space between the vehicle and the tire may not seem like a huge deal, but it can be. There are many different issues to consider. Spacing out your tires can be a result of an aesthetic change, an increase in performance, or a desire to change the look of the car. In any situation, consider all of the options. Then give us a call to walk you through the easy steps of ordering. We are happy to answer any safety questions you may have when you call.