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5 SIGNS IT IS TIME FOR TRANSMISSION REPAIR

The transmission is the link between the engine and the tires. It transfers the power created by the motor to the tires via the driveline. If your transmission begins to have trouble it is imperative to get to the auto repair shop as soon as possible, as delaying repairs could result in total transmission failure. This would require a complete transmission rebuild or possibly a replacement. If you experience any of these signs of transmission trouble head to the shop for service right away. Grinding Noises A common sign of transmission trouble is a grinding noise that occurs while the car is shifting. This can occur in automatic or manual transmission vehicles and it often indicates that there is low levels of transmission fluid. Delayed Shifting When driving your automatic transmission vehicle do the engine RPMs spike when you shift from park (P) to drive (D) or in between gears as you move down the highway? This is a clear indicat ... read more

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WHAT IS SCHEDULED AUTO MAINTENANCE?

In order to keep your car running in great condition it is important that you provide it with routine maintenance as dictated by the service schedule that can be found inside your car’s owner’s manual. These services are the result of a series of tests that check the capabilities of mechanical components of your vehicle. Without preventative auto maintenance parts would fail, which would result in a need for much more extensive and likely expensive auto repair. The following are the most common types of auto maintenance. Be sure to check your owner’s manual and make an appointment for service the next time your car is due! 30/60/90K Maintenance Many services are necessary every 30,000 miles for most cars and trucks, which has led to the generic term of 30/60/90K maintenance. During these check ups a technician will perform a variety of services, including safety checks, part inspections and replacements and computer diagnostics. Oil Change ... read more

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HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CAR NEEDS SUSPENSION REPAIR?

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CAR NEEDS SUSPENSION REPAIR?

In order to keep you and your passengers safe your vehicle is outfitted with numerous features. While some of the safety features may be obvious, such as the brakes, airbags, seatbelts and so on and so forth, there is one system you may not think of, well at least not in terms of safety. The suspension system is more often than not associated with ride comfort. While it is responsible for keeping everything rolling down the road smoothly by absorbing any bumps in the road, it also plays a huge role in your safety. What does the suspension do? Understandably you recognize that the suspension system is what keeps the car ride comfortable by letting the wheels move up and down over bumps and stabilizing the body of the vehicle on rough terrain. However, while it is keeping everything comfy it is also keeping it safe. The suspension is tasked with ensuring all four wheels remain on the ground at any given time, maximizing braking power when it is needed. It als ... read more

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HOW CAN I TELL IF I NEED COOLING SYSTEM REPAIR?

The cooling system has one tough job. It is designed to regulate the operating temperature of the engine to ensure that it does not get too hot, because if it does the motor could suffer some major damage. The cooling system consists of a radiator, cooling fan, water pump, thermostat and a series of hoses in which coolant, or antifreeze, passes through. If any of these parts begin to have some trouble it could lead to overheating troubles, or worse. Pay attention for these signs it is time for cooling system or radiator repair. Rising Temperature Gauge The temperature gauge on your dashboard monitors the operating temp of the engine. Be sure to watch this gauge; if it starts creeping into the hot zone pull over right away. This means your car is about to overheat. Give it a break and let the engine cool down. You may need to add water to the radiator to prevent the issue from happening again. Talk to a mechanic about your options. White Steam Com ... read more

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DOES THIS MEAN I NEED BRAKE REPAIR? YES!

DOES THIS MEAN I NEED BRAKE REPAIR? YES!

Seatbelts and airbags are great safety features of modern cars and trucks, but they have one thing in common. This is that they are designed to prevent injury in the event of an accident. It is the brakes, on the other hand, that can prevent that accident from ever occurring. However, this is only the case if the brake system is in healthy condition. To ensure you car remains safe to operate it is important that you pay attention for any of the following 5 signs that your car needs brake repair. Grinding or Squealing Noise One of the most common signs of brake trouble is a grinding, squealing or howling sound that occurs during braking. This noise will be heard when the brake pads have lost nearly all, or all, of the material that makes up the bad. The resulting noise is that of metal coming into contact with metal. This greatly reduces your car’s braking power, so be sure to have it addressed as soon as possible. Pulling While Braking ... read more

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2 WHEEL & 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT QUESTIONS

2 WHEEL & 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT QUESTIONS

How can I tell if I need an alignment? The most common way to know that you need an alignment is if your car or truck is pulling to the side of the road – either side. If you notice it’s difficult to keep the car driving straight down the road without pulling on your steering wheel it’s likely you need your car aligned. What if I put off an alignment? A properly aligned car is safer and costs less to maintain.  When you’re alignment is off, you would notice that it wears out your tires faster. That can be expensive.  Also from a safety standpoint, the more tread and proper alignment you have in a sudden stop, the better. Is there a difference between a 4 wheel and 2 wheel alignment? Yes. The vehicles that have four-wheel independent suspensions or an adjustable rear suspension require aligning to the front wheels. The front end 2 wheel alignment only aligns the front end. If your car has a solid rear axle you can usually choose th ... read more

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WHY BOTHER SERVICING YOUR DIFFERENTIAL?

WHY BOTHER SERVICING YOUR DIFFERENTIAL?

And for that matter, what is a differential? Power from your engine is transferred to the wheels through the differential. When you go around corners, the differential keeps power going to both wheels evenly without any hop-, skip-, or jump-ing. So this is a pretty important part of your car or truck, as you can imagine. Gear oil is the life-blood of your differential in pickup trucks and rear wheel drive cars.  Good, clean gear oil keeps the bearings and gears from overheating and over-wearing. As the gear oil ages it loses its ability to lubricate and excess wear is the result. The picture above illustrates perfectly what can happen when the gear oil is neglected. The round, fuzzy shape near the top of the picture is the magnet. It has quite a collection of metal fragments from the bearings and gears. It won’t be long now before this diff is done. Notice, a ... read more

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SHOULD I GET MY CAR SERVICED AT THE DEALER WHILE UNDER WARRANTY?

Warranties are a beautiful thing. They can offer you low cost peace of mind about your vehicle and they also keep you on a regular maintenance schedule. Since most mechanical defects are preventable, regularly scheduled maintenance is good for you, good for your car and excellent for your pocketbook. However, we do have a little bone to pick on where to schedule these appointments. MYTH: While Your Vehicle Is Under Warranty You Must Take It To The Dealership For Service Or You Will Risk Invalidating Your Warranty.FACT: Federal law prohibits this stipulation, in the interest of free trade economics, to prevent dealerships from creating a monopoly on new vehicle service. Required maintenance performed at a qualified local shop satisfies your manufacturer’s warranty so that you can choose the most honest, reliable, cost-effective and convenient auto shop. Advantages of taking your vehicle to an auto repair shop versus a dealership: ... read more

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR TRANSMISSION IS OVERHEATING

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR TRANSMISSION IS OVERHEATING

Nearly 90% of all preventable transmission catastrophes are due to a lack of attention to and overheating transmission. The important word here is preventable. Yes, this is a serious issue that you need to address immediately but there’s no need to panic. Let’s dive into some of the mechanics of what is going on with your vehicle so that you can hire the most qualified person to address your overheating transmission. Why is my transmission suddenly overheating? Unlike oil, transmission fluid does not “burn off” so if you are overheating there is most likely an issue somewhere in your lubrication system that needs to be addressed…but maybe not. The top five main reasons why your transmission could be overheating are: Hot Weather Lots of stop & go traffic Vehicle tow overload (includes getting caug ... read more

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DO I NEED TO SERVICE MY TRANSMISSION?

DO I NEED TO SERVICE MY TRANSMISSION?

Customers often ask us if and when they should service their automatic transmission. The short answer…only service your transmission if you want it to last. The number one killer of automatic transmissions is heat. Your fluid is working hard all the time to get rid of the heat caused by normal driving conditions. However, as the fluid properties break down with miles and age, it no longer dissipates heat the way it should. That’s why it is so important to service your transmission regularly. The good news is that the service interval for your transmission is about 60,000 miles. We recommend having the first service done by 80,000 miles and then every 60k thereafter. What’s Involved in a Transmission Service? Every good service should start with a test drive. It’s important to know how the transmission is working before it gets worked on. At L ... read more

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