Safe Driving

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.  
July 6, 2017

Odors to be Aware of

    If you smell burning rubber, it could mean the belt is slipping. It could also be hoses that are loose and are rubbing against drive pulleys. If the engine is hot, do not reach in to check the issue. It is always recommended to have a professional do this.     Another smell to be aware of is a burning carpet smell. This could indicate brake issues are happening. It could also become a safety hazard while driving. Make sure to have the brakes of the vehicle inspected as soon as possible. This is especially true if you notice the smell when under normal driving and braking conditions.     If there is an odor of hot oil, this could indicate a leak. The oil could be leaking onto the exhaust system of the vehicle. Make sure to look for any oil spots on the pavement or cement where you park. Also look for any smoke that might be coming from the engine area. If the vehicle is leaking oil, it can cause damage to other parts as well. It can also cost you a significant amount because you will have to replace to oil frequently.     If there is a leak with the fuel injector line, there might be a smell of gasoline. This can also be noticed if the fuel tank leaks. If you notice this, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. The smell of fuel could result in a fire hazard. Bringing the vehicle in can improve the safety for you and those around you.     If you smell an odor like rotten eggs, there is an issue with the vehicle. It could mean that there is a problem with the catalytic converter of the vehicle. It may not be converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide as properly as it should. This can result in a poor running engine. Eventually, the catalytic converter can be overloaded and fail.   Smelling something sweet, like the smell of syrup, could mean there is a leak in the vehicle. The leak could be that of engine coolant. This can be related to the cooling system of the vehicle. If you need to check the coolant, make sure to not open it if the cap is hot. There could be pressure from the hot steam. If there is anything out of the norm you notice with your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.
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 16, 2017

Why Regular Auto Repair is Important

  All owners should have a regular auto repair schedule to ensure that all components of the vehicle are working, as they should be. An auto repair schedule also helps to catch any premature wear and tear on your vehicle. When performing any type of auto repair on your own there are certain aspects of your vehicle that should not be overlooked. Be sure and check your oil, transmissions fluid, and fuel filter on a regular basis for any clogs or leaks. These filters keep the fluids running through the vehicle cleanly and without harmful contaminants. Having a dirty air filter is another aspect on auto repair you should not disregard. A dirty air filter will slow you down and force you to use more fuel. Always be sure and check your oil level during this process too. Your engine oil should be changed every three months or 3,000 miles for the best results.   While there are some things you can fix on the vehicle yourself, it is always best to have a professional do these. This way we can ensure the parts and components are working properly with one another when you drive. If you happened to notice a sign of a problem starting to form, make sure you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run when it would be time to repair or replace the part. Ignoring the issue can increase the chance that other parts will start to fail.   There are different types of oil for different situations. Older cars might use a thicker oil to help fill the gaps where thin oil may otherwise seep through and cause the oil to become lost. Do not ignore your fuel filter because it will become plugged up. If the plug continues, the filter may get to where it will not work anymore and you can end of up harmful substances in your fuel system. This will slow your vehicle down and even cause you to break down. You should also flush your cooling system instead of draining it once a year. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the right schedule for your vehicle.