Fuel efficiency

July 18, 2017

Knowing if there is an Issue with the Transmission

      If you notice trouble with the transmission slipping gears or a slight hum from under your hood, it is time to get your transmission looked at. Today, transmission issues offer more options then those in the years past. If your transmission issue requires more than a maintenance flush to correct the concern, you can choose to install a “remanufactured” transmission. Another option is to repair the already existing transmission for your vehicle.       There are several warning signs to look for if your vehicle’s transmission is performing badly. Regularly changing your vehicle’s transmission fluid or getting the transmission flushed helps avoid several problems. You should check with your mechanic to set up a maintenance schedule. One single mechanical failure can cause the engine to quit entirely and disable it. It is important to take your car in if you notice any of the warning signs. If you notice your transmission slipping between gears while driving, or even popping back into neutral, this is a sign that that you need to schedule service for your vehicle. Also, you could hear unusual grinding, clunking, or humming noises, or a grinding or thumping noise when the transmission shifts. You may also notice the transmission fluid starting to smell like it is burned. A delay between gear changes and higher than normal RPM’s for any given speed also will indicate your transmission has issues. If problems are caught early enough, many times only minor repairs will be needed, helping to save your transmission as well as saving you money.       One key thing to do is to make sure you get your vehicle in for it’s scheduled maintenances. Also make sure to check the fluid levels regularly; it is quick and easy to check. When you check the fluids, the first thing to notice is the amount in it. If you notice that you have to keep adding transmission fluid, it is likely there is a leak somewhere. You will also want to make note of how it smells. Also note if there is any color change to the fluid. If you notice either smell or color change, it is time to have your transmission fluid changed. Having the scheduled maintenance of changing your transmission fluid according to the manufacturers mileage intervals will help keep your transmission in the best condition possible.  
June 26, 2017

Inspecting the Vehicle Regularly

  There are several fluids that will need to be checked in your vehicle. These include the oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, transmission fluid, and the power steering fluid. To check many of those levels, you will need to locate the reservoir for each fluid. The liquid should be at the line indicated on the reservoir. If it is not, make sure to fill it to the line. If you find that you have to fill the reservoir frequently, it could indicate a leak in the system.   Always make sure that the brakes are inspected on a regular basis. The brakes are important because they allow you to slow down and stop when you are driving. This helps to avoid an accident incase someone slams on the brakes in front of you, or if an animal jumps in the road. If you notice the brake pedal vibrating when you apply it, which could mean there is an issue with the brakes. Any odd noises or grinding sounds you hear can also mean that the brakes should be inspected. If the brake pad starts to wear down, it will cause friction with the brake rotor. This will the produce the noise, as well as any vibrating feelings you notice.   The systems in your car include the heat and the air conditioning. Your engine needs to run the car, but you also need to be able to ride in comfort as you go. The air might need to be recharged or you might need to make sure there are no leaks in the hoses in case the cool air isn’t getting to you. Anytime you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to call us and schedule an appointment. This way we can inspect the vehicle to see where the source of the issue is. This can also help you save time, money, and stress in the long run.
June 8, 2017

Preventing the Vehicle from Overheating

Driving in the summer can lead to the vehicle overheating if it has not been maintained properly. There can be some issues that would cause the vehicle to overheat. If your vehicle overheats, you could be facing major engine trouble including a cracked engine block or other problems. Overheating can be caused by a few problems in the engine. It may be caused by a malfunction with the radiator, lack of coolant in the engine, or even a problem with the engine oil. If the engine overheats it could be doing more damage to parts of your vehicle, which can result in a costly repair bill in the future.   The radiator is one of the most important parts for cooling the engine. Without the radiator, there is no way to release all of the heat from the engine. Common problems in a radiator can include leaks or cracks. The main issue is that whenever these problems occur, there is not anywhere for the heat to go. It could also flow out of the vehicle so there is nothing left to cool the engine. If you see coolant on the ground where you park, there is more than likely a leak in the system that needs to be fixed. If you notice steam coming from under your hood, you have a real problem with the radiator that needs to be fixed.   Being able to complete fluid checks on your own can help to alleviate many problems. It is important to locate the engine coolant reservoir on your vehicle. Some will use a separate dip stick to measure the amount of coolant in the vehicle. Others will use a bobbing stick to indicate how full the reservoir is. If the fluid is not at the appropriate level, make sure that it is filled up. If the fluid looks dirty, it may need to be changed.   The engine oil you are using has a major effect on your vehicle. Not only do you need to make sure to have the right amount of oil, but you also need to use the right kind. By using the wrong oil, it is possible for it to break down faster. The faster your engine oil breaks down, the less lubrication it will provide to moving parts. When this happens, the parts will start rubbing against each other more and the engine will start to heat up. High performance engines should always use synthetic oil because it does not break down as quickly. If you are unsure how often to bring the vehicle in for an oil change, make sure to contact us, and we can inspect the vehicle for you. Also remember if you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us and we can schedule an appointment for you.  
June 2, 2017

Improve the Comfort for When you Drive

One of the ways in which they can help you to be able to enjoy driving during the summer more is to make sure that you enjoy a smoother ride. The engine is a very important aspect of making sure that you are able to enjoy a smooth ride. This means making sure that you are getting an oil change that is ideal for the summer. It also means making sure that the pumps and pistons are operating correctly. Of course, it is always surprising how much your suspension has an effect on the gas mileage that you are able to enjoy.   The oil is the life blood of the vehicle. While there are many important fluids for a good operating vehicle, this is by far the most important. So many moving parts are dependent on good, clean oil to have unencumbered operation. It is a good idea to make sure that you are getting an oil change with a low weight so that it will be able to course through the veins of your engine and you will be able to get the kind of performance that your vehicle is capable of. If you are not sure how often the oil should be changed, make sure to contact us and we can recommend a schedule for you.   Whenever you are getting ready for summer driving, it is a good idea to make sure that major engine components are in good operational condition. While most pumps are designed to last for the life of your vehicle, it is a good idea to have it checked as the last thing you need is for the pump to give out and for your engine to not get the coolant that it needs in the warmest season of the year. The pistons and rods are also important to check so that it is possible that you will be able to get the best operation out of the engine.   Another way you can get better operation out of your vehicle is to make sure that the wheels stay in contact with the ground. Driving during the winter can kick up a lot of grime into different parts of your vehicle. If any of the grime got into your suspension, it can lead to hard suspension as you are driving during the summer. Anytime you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in. We can inspect the vehicle so you can have a safe and reliable drive.