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Mishawaka Auto Repair

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"Why is my car heater blowing cold air?"

"Why is my car heater blowing cold air?"

Today is 48 degrees and sunny, now is not the time for your car
heater to stop working. Here are a few things you need to have heat:
-First, check the coolant level. If you don’t have enough it will not blow hot air.
-Next, if enough coolant check your thermostat that could be the problem,
     if broken or stuck water will not circulate around your engine.
-If both of these are ok  is your heater control broken or clogged?
-Could there be a leak in the radiator or the water pump? Or is a hose damaged?
-Your worst fear, a leaking head gasket, which brings up much deeper problems
    than just the heater not working.
Whatever the problem, bring your vehicle by so our excellent mechanics, here at
Ricks Auto Service can take care of all y
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What can you do to help keep your vehicle running better?

What can you do to help keep your vehicle running better?

Owning and maintaining a vehicle is an important responsibility, overlooking our important maintenance items can have a very negative impact on your car. -Shifting into Drive or Reverse when not completely stopped: If you have an automatic transmission, shifting into drive or reverse isn’t like switching from 1st gear to 2nd in a manual. If you force your transmission to do things it’s not intended to do, causes damage to your drive shafts and suspension. -Riding the clutch: If you have a manual transmission(stick-shift), sometimes you may keep the clutch engaged even when it’s not time to brake or shift gears. This wreaks the hydraulic system-the pressure plates meet the flywheel. If you ride the clutch it causes the plates to graze the flywheel, wearing down the system in general and setting you up for sudden clutch failure in the future. -Riding the Brakes Downhill: In Indiana we really don’t have the same type of hills like they have in San Francisco, but ... read more

"Should I Repair or Replace my old car?

"Should I Repair or Replace my old car?

“Should I Repair or Replace my old car?” We just had a customer come asking that same question, so what is the right answer. It’s not an easy answer, but there are a number of questions you should be asking yourself. Part of this answer is in the math, and the other is just taking a look at your personal situation. Should you stick with your tried and true car, or get a new or(new to you) car.? Do the math: How much are you paying in maintenance? Is it just a couple hundred dollars in regular maintenance which is less then a new car payment. Even buying a used car (make sure you aren’t buying one that has the same or more problems), if you still have payments on the one you are driving you will lose the money you’ve put in your existing vehicle. Can you do some of the repairs yourself? Simple things like checking fluids(adding more when levels are low), changing your oil, spark plugs, replacing your air filters with a little research you could do these mi ... read more

"Why is my car idling rough?"

"Why is my car idling rough?"

  My Car is idling rough-what could it be. Does your car feel rough and bouncy when the engine is running? Some common causes – and easy fixes are a loose or broken vacuum hose. It wears easily over time, if not working properly over time it can cause serious engine damage. Clogged filters are another component of rough idling. It’s hard to tell, regular maintenance, is one of your sure fire ways to get this taken care of. The job of an air filer is to clean the air entering the engine and preventing debris from getting to the engine and causing damage. As the capacity to filter air is reduced, the engine performance is altered. Bad spark plugs wires and/or a bad distributor cap are also causes of rough idling. These parts are important to smooth running of your vehicle. The plugs provide the spark that ignites the air and fuel mixture within the cylinders. These are just a few parts that can cause your vehicles rough idling. It’s past as I said to get your v ... read more

"It's not running Right"

"It's not running Right"

Car Trouble Symptom                    Description Cuts out                    Temporary, complete loss of power. Engine quits at                                 Irregular  intervals. May occur repeatedly or intermittently,                                 Usually under heavy acceleration. Detonation                Mild to severe pings, usually worse under acceleration.      ... read more

"How to Recognize Problems using your senses?"

"How to Recognize Problems using your senses?"

“How to recognize problems using your senses?” “what’s that smell?”                                      Smell ​Antifreeze or coolant leak              Sweet odor, usually accompanied by steam from under the hood Burning oil                                  Thick, heavy odor, sometimes accompanied by smoke from                                                                                 under the hood or exhaust Electri ... read more

"When do I get my Oil Changed?"

"When do I get my Oil Changed?"

When do I get my Oil Changed? That is a common question asked especially with newer models. For most newer makes and models, oil changes are recommended approximately every 6,000-7,500 miles However, if you drive in a dusty area, be sure to change your oil and filter every 3,000-5,000 miles Many vehicles are equipped with computers that alert drivers when it’s time to change their oil Listen to the warnings. For most of us, all we need to do is follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for oil change intervals. Their guidelines are designed to keep your car in good running condition for a long time.  

ONSTAR

ONSTAR

ONSTAR Did you know that vehicles equipped with OnStar have an Automatic Crash Notification System? This System can automatically alert the OnStar Call Center when an air bag deploys during a collision. If emergency assistance is needed, OnStar will contact an emergency who travel alone or with children. If your car has an OnStar-equipped system, it would be wise to teach your children to respond to an OnStar after a crash

BRAKE PADS

BRAKE PADS

BRAKE PADS What is your driving style? What type of driving do you do? The weight of your vehicle, the quality of the brake pads, and the conditions of your brake rotors. If you drive aggressively(tailgate others, hard brake at stoplights, etc.) you will use the brakes more often and wear them out quicker. If you drive in a hilly area or in constant stop and go traffic, you will use the brakes more often and wear them out quicker than normal. We do a free brake inspection, and almost all brake pads come with a built in wear indicator. So, when it makes contact, you will hear a slight screeching or scraping sound. Call us, you don’t have to come in that same day, but don’t wait too long. Running the pads too low can cause damage to your rotors

How important is a coolant flush?

How important is a coolant flush?

 Even though our days are still in the 70’s and 80’s our nights are dipping into the low 50’s we might stop thinking about our engine’s cooling system.  It only needs to be in tip top shape during the summer months right?  It’s true that it’s important for your cooling system to function at its best during the summer, but it’s equally important to have it functioning properly during the cooler months as well. Why have a properly maintained cooling system in the winter: Freeze protection Continued protection against over heating Reduced thermal stresses by having uniform temperatures around your engine and radiator Improved cabin heater efficiency Depending on the age of your coolant and how it was added to your cooling system, it’s possible that there is not a high enough concentration of antifreeze.  Without the proper ratios of antifreeze and water, it is possible that your cooling system may fr ... read more