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How To Add Fluids To Your Vehicle

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Add Fluids To Your Vehicle

It’s always a good idea to check your fluid levels before embarking on a summer adventure. However, you must follow certain guidelines before adding any fluids where levels are low, or you may do more harm than good. The first thing you need to do is buy a funnel. Even if you have the steadiest hand in the West, a moderate wind will blow fluids all over the engine area of your vehicle as you attempt to pour them into narrow fluid fill tubes. Checking and adding engine oil You must check your oil with your vehicle on level ground to get an accurate reading. Wait at least ten minutes after driving because the oil will heat and expand when driving, and the oil level will appear higher. The oil dipstick is near the front of the vehicle. Pull it out and wipe it clean, then reinsert it and remove it to check the level. Oil should cover the dipstick up to a point between the lower “add” line and the upper “full” line. If the level is at or below the “add” line. add one quart of the type of oil that is recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle, not a cheaper, substandard oil. You will add the oil by removing the metal cap atop the engine. Do yourself a favor and use the funnel. Spilled oil smells terrible, and you will smell it for many miles before the smell dissipates. Don’t forget to replace the cap and tighten it securely. Check the level again to ensure that the level is between the two lines. Coolant Hot and humid weather can put a strain on the vehicle’s cooling system. This is especially true when the air conditioning is used continuously on long trips. Coolant will heat and expand to the point where it flows out of the overflow tank that is designed for this purpose. The overflow tank is a transparent plastic container that is connected to the radiator to compensate for the expansion and reduction of the coolant level as it heats and cools. Coolant level is determined by examining the side of the overflow tank. The optimal level should be a midway point between the “low” and ‘full” lines on the tank. This allows for expansion of the coolant without an overflow and spill. Overfilling should be avoided for environmental and safety concerns. Spilled coolant is poisonous to pets and small children, and its initial sweet smell and taste are tempting for them. When adding coolant, you must use the grade of coolant that is suggested by the manufacturer of your vehicle. Cheaper coolants may not meet the vehicle’s needs and result in overheating and a breakdown on the road. Windshield washer fluid While not an essential fluid for operating a vehicle, washer fluid is a blessing when traveling near the ocean and encountering swarms of insects. You will find the fill tube for washer fluid at the far left corner on most vehicles. It will have a large cap with a picture of windshield wipers stamped on top.  Add washer fluid slowly until it reaches the top of the fill tube. Brake fluid Your brake fluid is stored in a clear plastic container near the back of the engine compartment. There are “add” and “fill”...

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How A Mechanic Can Change An Air Conditioner Compressor In The Average Vehicle

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How A Mechanic Can Change An Air Conditioner Compressor In The Average Vehicle

Pretty soon the weather will be warming up and it’ll be time to turn on the air conditioner in your car again to keep cool. However, now is the time to get your air conditioning system checked by your local mechanic to make sure everything is in working order. One item that can freeze up after sitting unused for a little while is the compressor for the air conditioner. If the compressor is faulty, the best thing to do is to have the mechanic put in a new one. Here is how a mechanic can change the compressor for the air conditioner in your car. Remove Old Refrigerant The first thing the mechanic will do is remove the old refrigerant. Air conditioner refrigerant is considered a pollutant and needs to be placed into a container versus releasing it into the air. The mechanic will use a refrigerant recovery machine to remove the old refrigerant. The machine is connected to the low-pressure hose on the air conditioner so it can draw the refrigerant into the machine. The old refrigerant is then either taken to a refrigerant recycling center or dumped at a certified dumping facility. Removing the Compressor The mechanic will then remove the fan belt from the pulley on the compressor. In some cases, other parts such as the power steering pump might be in the way. The mechanic will remove those parts as well. The refrigerant lines will have to be removed from the top of the compressor. These lines are usually held in place with a single bolt. The electric wire harness going to the compressor is also disconnected from the compressor. The compressor is connected to the engine block with several bolts. The mechanic will remove the bolts and pull out the old compressor from your car. Installing A New Compressor A new compressor will usually come without any oil inside of it. The mechanic will have to put oil in the compressor to keep friction from building up in the unit and overheating the compressor while in use. In some cases, the new compressor will not have a top for the hose connections already installed. The mechanic should be able to take the top off of your old compressor and put it on the new one without any problems. The mechanic will bolt the new compressor back onto the engine block and reconnect the hoses and electric wire harness. A vacuum pump is connected to the low-pressure hose and allowed to run for an hour or so. The vacuum pump removes any moisture that has gotten into the air conditioning system. Moisture will prevent the air conditioning system from working as well as it should and it could eventually damage the compressor. The mechanic will place the fan belt back over the pulley on the new compressor. The last step is adding new refrigerant to the air conditioning system. Your car should blow cool air again once the new refrigerant is added to the system. Contact a business, such as Modern Auto Air, for more information about getting your air conditioner fixed....

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3 Reasons Your Car Won’t Start

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Your Car Won’t Start

If you are trying to start your car, but can’t seem to get it going, there could be a number of reasons why. Troubleshooting can be a long and expensive process, so it’s best to rule out the most common starting issues first. #1: The Car Battery The most common reason for a car not starting is a dead battery. If the battery is out of juice, you will be able to tell immediately. When you insert your key into the vehicle’s ignition, the interior lights should dim or turn off altogether. If they aren’t working, the battery is most likely dead. If the weather has drastically cooled in your area, your battery is more likely to die. Always keep a set of jumper cables in your trunk, and check the weather ahead of time to be prepared. #2: Low Fluids A lack of gas can cause your vehicle not to start. If you are sure you have a full tank, your oil levels could be low. Low oil causes the vehicle to lock up. Always keep spare oil in your trunk in case you forget your monthly fluid check-up. Also, check your transmission fluid. It is extremely important that you have this fluid filled to the fill line, otherwise you could have to replace your transmission as well as the fluid in order to get your car to start. Be sure to check all other fluid levels in case any are low. The gas and oil levels are the most common reasons for a vehicle not starting, but there is a possibility it could be one of the other fluids. #3: Engine Area Failure Failure in the engine area could be the culprit behind your car refusing to start. This area is made up of numerous components, which makes it difficult to assess without professional help. It is possible that one of the car’s belts has worn and shredded in the engine area, which would stop your vehicle from starting. Easy to fix issues are usually visible to the naked eye. Look around the engine area. See if anything looks out of place and start troubleshooting. It is imperative to your safety to be sure you know what you are doing when attempting to troubleshoot and repair your car. If the problem isn’t obvious or you are unsure of how to repair the suspected issue, your best bet is to get your vehicle to a qualified mechanic like...

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Three Simple Tips To Keep Your Automatic Transmission In Tip-Top Shape

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Simple Tips To Keep Your Automatic Transmission In Tip-Top Shape

Many people don’t realize that in order to keep their car’s transmission working properly, the transmission needs to be properly maintained. If you don’t take care of your car’s automatic transmission, problems are more likely to arise. So, in order to avoid paying for auto transmission repair services more frequently than needed, check out these tips to help you keep your car’s transmission running in tip-top shape. Look for Leaks You should check the ground in your parking space on a regular basis to see if transmission fluid is leaking from your car. Transmission fluid is typically a thin, reddish liquid. However, if it’s almost time for your transmission fluid to be changed, it might appear to be light brown and thick. Power steering fluid leaks are often mistaken for transmission fluid leaks because the fluids are similar in appearance. However, power steering fluid leaks from the front of your car, while transmission fluid leaks from the middle of the car. If you notice a leak that you think could be transmission fluid, you should take your car to an auto transmission repair service shop as soon as possible. If the leak is caught soon enough, there’s a chance that the transmission could be repaired instead of replaced. Check the Transmission Fluid You should check your transmission fluid on a regular basis to make sure there is the right amount of fluid in the car and that the fluid isn’t worn down. Checking a vehicle’s transmission fluid level is similar to checking a car’s oil. However, the process isn’t the same for all vehicles, so you need to consult your owner’s manual to determine the right procedure for your car. There are two important details to look for in the owner’s manual: the location of the transmission fluid dipstick and whether you need the car to be on or off while you check the transmission fluid. If your car doesn’t have a transmission fluid dipstick — some newer models don’t — you will need to take the vehicle to a transmission repair shop to have the fluid checked. Once you determine where the transmission fluid dipstick is located and whether the car should be on or off you will: Make sure the vehicle is sitting on a flat surface. Pull the dipstick out, wipe it off, and put it back. Pull the dipstick out again to read the fluid level. The minimum and maximum level is marked on the dipstick. The fluid level should sit in between the two marks. You also need to check the color, thickness, and smell of the fluid. Allowing the fluid to drip from the dipstick onto a white cloth or paper towel makes the process easy. If the fluid looks brown, thick, or smells burnt, you need to take your vehicle to the transmission repair shop to have the transmission flushed. Have Your Transmission Flushed The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association claims that approximately 90 percent of automatic transmission failures result from the transmission overheating, which happens when the transmission fluid breaks down and is no longer lubricating the transmission properly. To avoid this, you should get your transmission flushed completely and the filter changed as indicated in your owner’s manual. Some manufacturers recommend that the transmission fluid be changed in automatic transmissions every...

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How To Make Sure You Hire The Best Mobile Mechanic

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Sure You Hire The Best Mobile Mechanic

If your car is failing to start up and you don’t want to worry about the added expense of a towing service just to get your car to a repair shop, then you may have considered hiring a mobile mechanic. However, if there are many mobile mechanics in your neighborhood and you don’t know who to hire, then you may want to consider doing the following: Hire a Licensed Mechanic: Hiring a mechanic who is licensed to legally provide you with service is critical as this can help prevent potential legal actions if something were to go wrong while your mechanic was on the job. For example, licensed businesses must meet requirements which means they likely have personal insurance coverage and business insurance. This helps you stay protected in case the mechanic gets injured on the job and attempts to put the blame on you as he or she can just utilize his or her own insurance coverage to receive the medical attention that is needed. So, rather than hire a mechanic who isn’t insured or legally allowed to provide you with services, be sure to hire a licensed mechanic who is properly insured.  Make sure They Are Certified: Certified mechanics are a must when thinking about hiring one to fix your car problems. Mechanics who are certified have done all the schooling and learning programs to obtain their certification, which means they have a great deal of experience and knowledge under their belt. So, by hiring a mechanic who is licensed, you can rest assured that the mechanic who is working on your vehicle knows exactly how to diagnose and repair your vehicle, so you can avoid further complications.  See Their Evaluation and Labor Charges: Many mobile mechanics will offer a free evaluation if you take on the job that they propose to you. This can save you a great deal of money, which is why looking for deals for evaluations is important. Not only do you want to check for free diagnostics, but you will also want to find a mechanic who offers the best labor rates in town. Also, because mobile mechanics likely don’t work for anyone, they are able to control their prices, which means you can influence their rates by doing some negotiating before accepting any job they propose to you.  Taking control of these tips when hiring a mobile mechanic can potentially save you hundreds, if not thousands on your car repairs. Along with money-saving tips, these tips will also help you hire someone who is fully capable of providing your vehicle with high-quality repairs. This will ensure your repairs are done quickly, correctly, and at a reasonable rate so you can feel confident when you hire your mobile mechanic, such as from Professional Automotive, to fix your current car...

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Don’t Panic If Your Brakes Fail While You Are Driving: Follow These Tips Instead

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Panic If Your Brakes Fail While You Are Driving: Follow These Tips Instead

It can be very scary if your brakes stop working while you are driving your car, but one of the worst things you can do is to panic. When you go into panic mode it is difficult to think clearly, and you could put your life in even more danger. Follow the tips below so you will know what to do just in case this happens to you. Try to Downshift You need to learn how to downshift your car in case this happens, as this is the first thing you should do. How you do this depends on if you have a manual transmission or automatic transmission When you put your car in a lower gear, it will start to slow down even though the car is running. This is very helpful if you were not driving fast in the first place, as it will not take as long to slow down. If you were driving fast, however, get into the outside lane so you have will have a place to pull over when your car slows down enough. Many interstates and high way systems have a breakdown lane. If so, drive your car into this. Try the Brakes Again Your car likely has a dual braking system. This means you have brakes that control the front and rear brakes that control the rear tires. As a result, both sets of breaks would have to fail for the brakes on your car to completely stop working. Cutting the braking system on your car in half is still unsafe, but you will likely have some braking power. To check this, you would apply a strong and consistent pressure to your car’s brake pedal to see if your car slows down. To know for sure if your car has a dual braking system, refer to the owner’s manual, or take your car to a mechanic. Try the Emergency Brake Your emergency break is put in your car for situations like this. Your emergency break needs to be strong for this to work correctly. For this reason, take your car to a mechanic to have it looked at. They will know if it is strong enough, and can replace it for you if it isn’t. If your car has an automatic transmission, you will likely find your emergency break to the right or level with you. There may also be a pedal on the floor on the far left. If you have a manual transmission, you will have a lever on your left under the dashboard that you pull for the emergency brake. If you cannot find it, refer to owner’s manual for your car for this information. Following these tips can help keep you and anyone else in your car safer in case you have this problem. For more information, contact companies like Parkway Service Center...

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The Pros And Cons Of Bringing Your Own Parts To A Mechanic

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Pros And Cons Of Bringing Your Own Parts To A Mechanic

You may have been advised to bring your own parts to your mechanic when having your car worked on, and you could be wondering if this is worthwhile. The short answer is that it might be. First, you have to look at the pros and cons of bringing your own parts to a mechanic so that you can determine if it’s the right choice for you. The Pros First of all, you should consider the pros of buying your own parts rather than having your mechanic purchase them for you. You may be able to find cheaper prices on the exact same parts. Your mechanic probably has certain parts stores or suppliers that he or she works with and will likely purchase from them rather than shopping for the best deal. In some situations, you can customize your vehicle more, such as if you are shopping for body kits or rims and provide yourself with added options versus just buying what the mechanic offers you. You can look for used parts, which can be a good deal but that a mechanic might not look for. The Cons If you think about the advantages of bringing your own parts to a mechanic shop, it might seem like a no-brainer. However, you have to think about the negatives, too, before you make the decision to take this step. You might accidentally buy the wrong part. In this case, you’ll probably have to handle the return (if possible), which can add additional work for you and can slow down the process of having your car repaired. Your mechanic might not like the idea of you bringing your own parts and may refuse to work on your car or may not offer the traditional warranty on his or her work. It might not actually be cheaper; some mechanics have good relationships with their parts suppliers and are able to score lower deals than the general public can find. The Bottom Line Overall, it’s something to consider but not something that you should jump into. Instead of automatically buying your own parts, consider talking to G P Automotive or a local mechanic about it and comparing his or her price quote with some of the prices that you find when shopping around. Then, you can determine whether or not it’s a good option in your situation and can make the right decision for purchasing your car parts and having your vehicle...

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6 Indications Your Vehicle’s Transmission Needs Attention

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Indications Your Vehicle’s Transmission Needs Attention

It’s always a good idea to get your car or truck checked over if you’ve noticed certain signs that indicate automatic transmission issues large or small. You’ll learn whether the problem is a relatively inexpensive one to fix or whether you’re facing a pricey situation. If the estimate is an expensive one, you can start considering whether to proceed with repair work, continue driving the vehicle as it is, or start thinking about getting a different one. Symptoms That Indicate Transmission Troubles Leaking Fluid Transmission fluid is red. If you’ve seen reddish or reddish-brown fluid on the garage floor or the driveway, there may be a leak somewhere in the system. However, this could be power steering fluid, so you’ll need to get a definitive diagnosis. A Lag in Shifting You might notice that shifting takes a bit longer when you press down or let up on the gas pedal. It might seem a bit rougher, as though someone is shifting with a manual transmission without much practice. You may notice that it takes longer to accelerate. Strange Noises Clunking or thudding noises that occur when the vehicle shifts into a different gear may accompany a lag in shifting. Another noise that could be transmission-related is a buzzing or whining sound. Delay in Moving After Shifting Sometimes a transmission in need of repair work causes a delay in motion when you put the car in reverse or drive. When the vehicle does finally move, it may do so with a jerk.   Slipping Gears Slipping gears involve the car changing gears for a moment or two for no apparent reason. If the transmission shifts downward at too high a speed, the engine will rev up noticeably. If it shifts upward when you’re traveling slowly, the momentum will feel sluggish. It may feel like the car has slipped into neutral for a second or two. Loss of Higher Gears If your car won’t shift above second or third gear, you know you have transmission troubles. However, don’t start thinking about junking the vehicle just yet. This type of problem sometimes is caused by a vacuum leak, which is relatively affordable to fix.   What You Can Do Now If your car or truck has any of these symptoms, bring it to a transmission repair shop or auto mechanic garage to get a diagnosis. The mechanic may want to start with a transmission flush, which may rectify the problem if dirty fluid is the issue. If the flush doesn’t resolve the problem, you can obtain a quote on more extensive repair work and decide how you want to proceed.  Reach out to a service like Northgate Transmission LLC to learn...

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3 Signs That Your Transmission Might Be In Need Of A Professional Repair

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Signs That Your Transmission Might Be In Need Of A Professional Repair

If you want to do your best to make sure that your vehicle is always road ready, then you will want to learn about some of the signs of transmission trouble. This way, you will have a better chance of getting it repaired before it is too late and you are stranded on the side of the road. To help you with this, you might want to take a few minutes of your time to review the following three signs of trouble. A Transmission Fluid Leak Do not make the mistake of assuming that a small transmission fluid leak is just one of those things that you have to deal with, especially if you are driving an older vehicle. Any amount of leaking transmission fluid is a problem and is not an issue that should be put off until a later time. After all, that small leak could become a major leak overnight. It could happen while you are driving so you will not even notice the complete draining of your transmission fluid until it is too late. A dry transmission will become locked in place and will need to be replaced, which is rather expensive. Therefore, it is much better to take your vehicle to a mechanic or transmission specialist to have the fluid reservoir, seal, or line replaced before it is too late. The Transmission Is Slipping You might be driving along and then suddenly notice that the vehicle seems to slip into a different gear. When this happens, you might find it difficult to accelerate. You might notice that you are hearing a whining or screeching sound coming from under the hood. Then, within a few seconds, the transmission might slip back into the proper gear and you are able to drive like normal again. This is a sign that you need the immediate help of a transmission repair specialist. It might just be that there is a single part or two within the transmission that needs to be replaced. If you fix the problem in a prompt manner, you might be able to avoid the expensive cost of a total rebuild or replacement. The Check Engine Light Came On The check engine light on your dashboard can indicate many more problems than just something being wrong with the engine itself. It is a basic indicator that there is something wrong and it needs your prompt attention. You will need to take your vehicle to a repair shop to have it hooked up to a machine that will read the error code for you. That error code will identify the problem for you. Do not ignore this light thinking that you vehicle is still running fine so it must be nothing of importance. It could very well be an indication that there is something going wrong within your transmission. With those few signs in mind, you should have no problem making sure that your transmission will get all the repairs it needs as soon as it needs it. Visit a local auto service shop, such as Unlimited Service, for more...

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Services That Can Keep Your Tires Lasting Longer

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Services That Can Keep Your Tires Lasting Longer

Are your tires not lasting as long as you were told they would? If so, then this can be caused by a lack of tire maintenance. Not receiving routine tire care can impact the life quality and longevity of your tires tremendously, which can force you to replace your tires sooner than you would if you did receive routine tire care. To help increase the lifespan and life quality of your tires it is important that you receive services like the following: Patch Repairs: It can be frustrating to pay for a replacement tire if you have recently run over a nail or any other sharp object. Rather than replace your tires because of air leakage, you will want to consider patch repair services from your local tire shop. Your tire shop will be able to patch small tire holes with a rubber compound, which is durable enough to keep air from leaking. This will help you maximize the lifespan of your tires. Wheel Alignment: Wheels that are not centered cause your vehicle’s axle to position your tires at an angle. Depending on which side the tire is angled, such as the inner or outer part of your tire, it will receive excessive wear. This is because this side of your tire will be put under a lot of stress, as your vehicle’s weight is on this one specific side of your tire, instead of the entire flat surface of your tires. If you have noticed major tire wear on the inner or outer part of your tires then this may be a sign that it is time to have your wheel alignment repositioned. Rotate Your Tires: If you have a front-wheel drive vehicle then you are likely to notice that your front two tires usually wear before your rear tires. This is because your front two tires are the ones doing all the work when it comes to accelerating and braking your vehicle. Also, your front tires are the ones that turn your car when you turn the steering wheel, as your rear tires remain straight. Because your rear tires are being guided and don’t turn, they are likely to live much longer than your front two tires. A great way to increase the lifespan of your tires is to have them rotated regularly. Though this won’t prevent tire wear, it will help spread the tire wear on all four tires over a long period of time, which will help your tires last longer. Having these services done to your tires regularly won’t only help increase the longevity of your tires but it can also improve your fuel economy, as quality tires can reduce speed resistance, which can allow your car to accelerate at constant speeds without consuming too much fuel.   For more information, visit tire shop websites like...

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