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Is a Power Steering flush really that important?

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There has been a lot of talk going on about power steering flushing and replacement . A lot of people are still not convinced that it is essentially ideal to change the power steering fluid to maintain the optimum performance of the steering system. Some users say that flushing power steering fluid may just be as good as flushing money down the toilet. However, if taken from an objective point of view, a steering flush is basically one of the maintenance services that are often overlooked. Unfortunately, since it is not normally in the list of recommended maintenance services in most automobile manufacturer’s manual, people think that a power steering flush is not a necessary car care service.

The fact remains that changing your power steering fluid can make a difference especially when it comes to the longevity and performance of your car, particularly on your steering system. A dirty and neglected power steering fluid can greatly resemble that of used engine oil and can possibly compromise the performance of your car and may even create damage to your steering system. A power steering flush is a great preventive maintenance that will save you money in the long run. Neglecting to flush the contaminated power steering fluid may lead to noise, hard steering, reduction of steering effectiveness, harden seals, leakage and wear acceleration. Overtime it can also lead to expensive repairs of power steering components.

What can a power steering flush do to your car?

Flushing the power steering fluid is a service that will involve removal of the old fluid from the reservoir and refilling it with the appropriate fluid to restore a smooth and hassle-free steering performance. A periodical flush will remove contaminants and will also help prevent sluggish steering during cold weather, reduces or fix any steering noise, provides appropriate lubrication of power steering gears, and also greatly reduce the risk of expensive and unexpected steering system breakdowns. Hence, having this type of service for your car will enhance your overall driving experience with great ease and comfort.

The cost of a steering flush is not that high for a preventive add-on car care service as opposed to replacing any of your power steering components due to the lack of maintenance. Besides, your power steering fluid does not need to be changed as nearly as your other car fluids. One of the ways you will know when it is time for a change and refill is when the fluid turns especially dark in color. This might mean that it may be contaminated and requires some flushing and replacing. The fresh fluid is usually pink or amber in color so you can tell the difference when it becomes really dark with particles floating on it. Another way to know if it is time is to smell of the fluid. If there is a burnt smell, that will tell you that the old fluid needs replacing.

Knowing when to change your power steering fluid is important so you can avoid any further risk of damage that will cost you even more in the long run. If you feel that something is not right with your power steering, you may want to inquire about a steering flush service from one of our technicians and get it done for your car.

The Water Plan

Our View: Water plan could increase fairness while encouraging conservation

Posted: August 17, 2012 – 12:14am  |  Updated: August 17, 2012 – 11:53am

The concept of setting water bills by charging customers based on the amount of water they are actually using is such a simple one many residents could legitimately wonder why Lubbock was not already doing it.

Mayor Glen Robertson thought water bills should be more more closely based on actual consumption and campaigned hard on the issue. He followed through by introducing his plan in late July before the rest of the City Council, where it was well-received.

Robertson’s plan is based on reducing the base water fee charged to all consumers by 75 percent over a three-year period and increasing the rate per use of 1,000 gallons of water per month.

Customers must pay the base water fees before they use a single drop and regardless of how much water they will use in a month. The fee is $28 a month for households that use a three-quarter-inch meter — which is slightly more than half the of those in Lubbock — and $46.74 for households with a one-inch meter.

“The problem I have with it is it is extremely inequitable to low-income families,” Robertson said.

His idea is to reduce the base fee 25 percent a year for the next three years. At the same time, the rate per 1,000 gallons will be increased.

The customers will pay a closer amount to what they actually use, whether they are big users or small users.

Robertson believes it will encourage conservation, which is something that should be a high priority for residents of a city with Lubbock’s climate.

“I am convinced the cheapest water we will ever find in the future is the water we will save,” he said.

The second result he is seeking is an increased fairness for all water customers.

“I want the consumer to make the conscious decision to save money and then be able to do it,” Robertson said.

It is a logical approach to bill consumers for the water they use, and it is made all the stronger by Robertson’s determination to take the economic changes slowly. He said he didn’t think it would be prudent to take a big bite overnight.

At the end of each year, he envisions the city evaluating how well the plan worked for the year and making any adjustments that may be necessary.

“I thought a really slow and steady approach was the best thing we could do,” the mayor said.

The favorable reactions from his fellow City Council members would indicate the new plan could become a reality.

Lubbock’s Water Advisory Commission voted unanimously to approve the water rate restructuring plan.

Robertson said the matter would be addressed by the Council between now and Sept. 15, and the new rates could go into effect on Dec. 1.

The use of water per household in Lubbock averages about 7,000 gallons a month. If the new plan would inspire local residents to cut back even a modest amount in their monthly usage, it could have very positive long-range effects and protect the city’s water sources.

Art in Lubbock

Fourth outdoor sculpture created by Lubbock artist

William Cannings submits “Black Pink”

Posted: August 16, 2012 – 7:11pm  |  Updated: August 17, 2012 – 12:22am
"Black Pink," a sculpture by Lubbock artist William Cannings, is the fourth piece of public art installed outdoors by Visit Lubbock since July 19.  Provided by William Cannings

Provided by William Cannings
“Black Pink,” a sculpture by Lubbock artist William Cannings, is the fourth piece of public art installed outdoors by Visit Lubbock since July 19.

The spotlight will be on a Lubbock artist when the fourth outdoor sculpture in Visit Lubbock’s Art on the Llano is installed today.

“Black Pink,” a sculpture created by Lubbock artist William Cannings, will be located next to the eastbound frontage road off the Marsha Sharp Freeway approaching 19th Street in front of the La Quinta Inn.

Cannings was born in Manchester, England, and earned his master’s of fine arts degree from Syracuse University.

Seven sculptures eventually will be installed along Lubbock roadways over the course of a year, all easily visible to motorists because the height of each piece ranges from 7 to 15 feet.

With the first four sculptures installed, Art on the Llano Committee members will issue a call for more submissions, inviting artists from across Texas to submit sculpture proposals.

The final three sculptures will be selected in the spring of 2013 and installed that summer.

Each sculpture in the Art on the Llano project is being loaned by the artist for two years.

Funding for the project is credited to a two-year grant, with transportation costs, underwritten by the Underwood Center and Studio West.