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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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Brakes Behaving Badly: What Your Car’s Brakes Are Trying To Tell You

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Brakes Behaving Badly: What Your Car’s Brakes Are Trying To Tell You

If your car has been operating awkwardly, your brakes may be the culprit. Getting your brakes serviced is an auto maintenance issue that should not be overlooked or postponed. This is because continuing to drive with faulty brakes can cause more expensive damage to occur, such as damage to your car’s rotors. The following are vehicle performance signs that you can use to determine if you need to have your brakes checked.  Vibrating Sensation This is a situation that may occur when you are trying to decelerate your vehicle. The vibration may occur at the location of the steering wheel, brake pedal, or it may feel as though your entire vehicle is shaking. This may be indicative that brake disc rotors need to be resurfaced. “Pulling” Feeling This sign of potentially faulty brakes shows itself as shifting a vehicle. It will seem to have more resistance on one side. You would likely find yourself trying to even out the “pulling” by steering your vehicle more towards the seemingly weaker side.  Blackened Wheels or Rims Darkened wheels and rims are indicative of accumulated brake dust, which could be settling on these areas of your vehicle as a result of brakes that have worn down. Try peering into the inner portion of the rim to see if you can see the brake pad. If it is worn down, you likely need new brakes.  Loud Brakes that need to be replaced may make several weird noises. Some drivers describe a grinding noise, and other drivers report high-pitched squeals or squeaking noises. Grinding noises are indicative of worn out brake pads. Squeals or squeaking noises are generally made when the safety mechanism on brake pads make contact with rotors or if brake pads have been put on incorrectly. Regardless of what you hear, noisy brakes are a sign that immediate attention is needed. Properly functioning brakes do not emit loud sounds. Changes in Pedal Compression If you notice that you need to push your brakes all the way to the floorboard, you may have a serious brake issue that could eventually result in the brakes malfunctioning altogether. This could also be a sign that a simple professional adjustment is needed to ensure proper performance. Another compression issue that can occur is a pedal that becomes harder to push. This may occur if brake linings are damaged, hydraulic lines are blocked, or if portions of the wheel or calipers become frozen.  If you experience any of these issues with your vehicle, an auto diagnostic shop is the best resource to use to determine whether you have a brake issue or another issue present. This is because some symptoms of faulty brakes may actually be related to another issue. For example, vehicle “pulling” symptoms may be the result of underinflated tires rather than brake issues. Contact a center like Alaskan Auto Center Inc to learn...

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Four Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Automatic Transmission

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Automatic Transmission

Just like your car’s engine, your car’s automatic transmission will have a limited life. At some point it will likely need a major overhaul or need replacing. However, just like an engine, there are many things you can do to keep your automatic transmission healthy, and this will lead to a long lasting transmission. The following are four tips to keep your automatic transmission from wearing down prematurely and needing a major repair. Do not put unnecessary stress on your car’s transmission This stress refers to how you drive your car. There are certain things a driver can do to avoid wearing down the automatic transmission. At the top of the list is quick acceleration. Fast starts from a stop sign or a red light will wear down your transmission quickly. Try not to be in a hurry, and your transmission will last longer. In addition, you can ease up on the gas pedal when you anticipate a shift in gears. Your transmission will still make the shift, but it will do so with less wear and tear. Use your emergency brake It is common for many car owners with automatic transmission to get in the habit of simply placing their car in park and ignoring the use of the emergency brake. If you are parked on a flat surface, this is no problem, but the slightest incline will put pressure on your transmission. Over time, this can create a repair issue. It is best to get in the habit of always setting your emergency break, so it can do the job instead of your automatic transmission. Keep your engine cool One of the leading causes of transmission failure is damage done from overheating. Often the reason for this is an overheating engine. If you can keep your engine cool, this will carry over to your transmission, and it will run cool as well. The best way to keep your engine cool is with oil and oil filter changes. Keeping your coolant at their proper levels is also critical. Change your transmission fluid and filter Although this is obvious to many people, some car owner’s get into the habit of checking their fluid levels, and then adding fluid if the transmission is running low. This by itself is a good idea, but it you need to change your fluid periodically as well. Transmission fluid, like your car’s engine oil, gets dirty and losses in effectiveness. Check your owner’s manual for recommended times for transmission fluid changes. By using the above tips you will likely have a transmission that last longer and need fewer repairs. For more information, contact a locla transmission repair shop (such as Terry’s...

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Trailer Tire Wear: Common Causes

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Trailer Tire Wear: Common Causes

When hauling things on a trailer, you can easily transport heavy cargo and bulky items like furniture or even other cars from one place to another without overloading the transport vehicle itself. Trailers are a great way to transport things easily, but often the tires on trailers wear down much more quickly than on cars. There are several reasons why the tread on trailer tires can wear down. By understanding these causes and knowing how to help prevent them, it should extend the life of the trailer and the tires, and help keep you safe. Under-Inflation One of the most overlooked yet common reasons tires wear down on trailers is because they are not properly inflated. Check the manufacturer’s specific PSI levels for your trailer’s tires, and make sure that they are correctly inflated before you begin using the trailer. If the tires’ air is too low, it can cause uneven wear and may eventually result in a flat tire. Check for possible leaks and make sure the tread of the tires are in good shape. If not, it’s recommended they be replaced before you start loading and using the trailer. Load Imbalance If a trailer is not loaded correctly, it can create too much weight on one area and put excess pressure on that particular tire. Make sure the weight of your load is evenly distributed as much as possible so that one section is not carrying much more than the others. Every trailer should come with a recommended total capacity for weight. You should never load the trailer with anything that goes over the recommended weight limit. This can result in a variety of issues including the trailer breaking, cargo coming loose, and of course, excess wear on the tires of the trailer. Alignment Just like your car, if the tires of the trailer are not properly aligned, it will result in too much wear on certain tires too soon. Any kind of imbalance on the trailer over time will make some of the tires work harder than others. Check the axles of the trailer as well, it may be time to get them replaced if they’re not in top condition. A good rule of thumb is to do regular check ups and maintenance on your trailer’s tires each time you use it. Also, don’t hesitate to take it into a shop if you require trailer repair. Proper planning and getting the wheels aligned, ensuring the right tire pressure, and always making sure your weight is never over are good safeguards to extending the life of the trailer’s tires and preventing problems from occurring while using...

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How To Get Foreign Auto Parts Quickly

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Get Foreign Auto Parts Quickly

There are many benefits to owning a foreign car. It allows you to stand out from the crowd and it might have better fuel mileage or other perks compared to the cars that are made at home. However, there are also huge problems that can come with owning foreign cars, with the first being that it can be difficult to get the parts you need to repair your vehicle in a short amount of time. Here are some places that you can look for foreign parts in order to avoid having to wait for your dealership or auto repair place to order the parts. 1. Specialty Shops Some enterprising workers noticed that there was a need for foreign auto parts and strove to meet that need to their best abilities in order to tap the market. There are now many different specialty shops that will be able to help you identify the parts that you are going to need for your foreign car and help you find them. These specialty shops all tend to network together as well, so if the specialty shop that you are currently in does not have the part that you are looking for, that shop can call other shops in the area and have the piece shipped to their location. This shipping process takes a much shorter time than ordering the part from overseas and having it shipped. 2. Junkyards Another great place to find foreign car parts is to go to a junkyard and see if any similar cars are being trashed that day. Junkyards will either be organized by part type, or they will be full service. This means that if you bring the tools, you can remove parts from the cars that are brought in and pay a much lower price for them. In order to utilize a junkyard effectively, talk to the owner of the junkyard and find out when the fresh shipment of cars come in. This will increase the chances that you will be able to find the part you need before someone else takes it. Junkyards can also specialize in certain types of cars, so find one in your area that specifies in the type of car that you have. For more information, talk to a foreign car repair company, like Dave’s Import Repair. They will have advice with regards to getting the correct parts as quickly as possible so that you can be on the road again in no...

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Is Your Car Telling You That It’s Time For A Tune Up?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Car Telling You That It’s Time For A Tune Up?

Depending on the type of car you have, you might be able to drive more than 30,000 miles without having your car tuned up. However, just because the manufacturer suggests you service your car after you’ve driven a specific amount of miles, it doesn’t mean that your car won’t need a tune up before that. So, how do you know if your car needs a tune up? Your car will tell you. All you have to do is watch for these signs. Warning Lights Warning lights are the lights on your dashboard that randomly turn on to indicate that there is problem with your car. Sometimes the light turns on because something simple, such as a headlight, needs repaired or replaced, but sometimes they indicate that there is potentially a major issue. In order to determine whether or not the warning light on your dashboard is telling you that it’s time for your car to have a tune up, take your car to an auto service center to have a mechanic diagnose the problem. Poor Gas Mileage If you feel like you’re filling up your gas tank more frequently even though you’re driving the same amount of miles, your car could need a tune up. Cars tend to get poor gas mileage when they aren’t operating efficiently, so if you’re filling up more often, it’s a good indicator that something is wrong. However, you could also be getting less miles to the gallon if your tires are low, so check your tire pressure first. If your tires are properly filled, take your car in for a tune up. Loss of Power or Trouble Accelerating When you’ve driven the same car for a significant period of time, you get used to how fast the car accelerates, so you’re able to judge whether or not you can safely pull out of a parking lot or merge onto the highway. Unfortunately, when a car needs a tune up, it can all of the sudden feel sluggish or have trouble gaining speed. If this happens, it can be dangerous, so you should get a tune up right away. Also, if your car suddenly starts stalling, especially when you’re trying to accelerate, it’s a good indicator that the spark plugs need to be replaced, which is part of a tune up. If you take good care of your vehicle, you’re less likely to need a tune up, but it doesn’t mean that your car will stay in pristine condition forever. Pay attention to the way your car runs on a regular basis so that you’ll know when something is wrong. If you feel like your car isn’t running properly, take your car to your local auto service center to have a tune up...

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