When Trucks Run Hot: How You Can Stay Cool

A transmission that runs hot in your commercial truck is a problem. When it causes excess heat to build up inside the cab and the air conditioning does not work either, that is an even bigger problem. Here is how (and why) truck transmission repair in conjunction with air conditioning repair can cool your truck down to a safer, better temperature for both you and the truck. Transmission Running Hot If the transmission is running hot, it usually means that the gears in more than one position have ground down and are now clunking and slipping. You have to use more force or “jimmy” the gear stick so that you can get the truck moving, get it to slow down or get it to stop. The transmission will also have several noticeable leaks and eat through gallons of...

How You Can Clean The Mass Airflow Sensor On Your 2003 Nissan Altima

A good sign that your mass airflow sensor unit is getting dirty is that your car will start to hesitate when you press down on the gas pedal. There can be other reasons why your car is running rough, so you should take your car to an auto parts shop to have it checked. An auto parts store will usually test your car with a diagnostic scan tool to find the problem. A reading of P0171 on the scanner means the engine is running “lean” and it is also an indication that the mass airflow sensor needs to be cleaned. Here is how you can clean the mass air flow sensor on your 2003 Nissan Altima in an afternoon. Location of Mass Air Flow Sensor The mass air flow sensor slides into the duct work coming from the air filter to the fuel injection system. The air...

Four Maintenance Tips For Your European Vehicle

European models are highly-praised because of their superior detail and luxury, as well as their high-quality craftsmanship under the hood. Keeping these benefits in your vehicle begins with proper maintenance; here are a few tips to get you started. Belts Make it a habit to have all belts inspected on a regular basis. Whether it’s a belt that aides the power-steering pump or the belt that helps power the alternator, a belt that is worn can keep a vehicle from functioning properly. Recognizing that a belt is worn before it fails can save a great deal of stress and money. Request that your belts be inspected with each oil change to stay on top of this concern. Leaks If you park your vehicle in the same spot every day, such as the driveway or garage, make...

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...

Exposing A Couple Of Myths About Common Summertime Car Problems

The summer months can pose an assortment of risks and problems for your car. Unfortunately, it can be common for car owners to be under the impression that a couple of fairly common misconceptions are true. Learning the realities behind these notions will help you to keep your car safe from some of the more common summertime problems. Myth: It Is Always Extremely Expensive To Repair A Car’s Air Conditioning System Without a functioning air conditioner, it can be possible for the temperature inside your car to quickly reach dangerous levels. Even with the windows down, you may still find it extremely unpleasant to be in the car for long periods of time. Unfortunately, many people may fail to have air conditioner problems addressed because they assume that...

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...

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...