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Mishawaka Auto Repair

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Maintaining your Dodge, Ford, Honda or any Make!

Maintaining your Dodge, Ford, Honda or any Make!

I have stressed the importance of maintaining your car. In the Midwest during winter, the road crews use a lot of salt, which can in the long run corrode away our cars. If you wash your car once a month, it extends the body of the vehicle, making resale easier. Here is a picture of a car that needs shocks and struts, because of corrosion we can’t put the shocks in. They would need extensive body work, because of the age and rust in car, we recommended buying a new car or a “new to you”. Check out Edmunds.com true cost to own, I was surprised after I looked this up ... read more

Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety Week

SEPTEMBER 17-23, 2017 IS CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. Getting safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers is crucial to saving young lives. Find free safety materials (in English and Spanish) to generate awareness about child car safety in your community during Child Passenger Safety Week and National Seat Check Saturday at: https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/child-safety/child-passenger-safety-weekHERE IS A LIST IN THE SOUTH BEND AREA WHERE YOU CAN GO:    Clay Fire Territory, Station #1  18776 Cleveland Road  South Bend, IN 46601  **Dave Cherrone  574-272-3012  By Appoin ... read more

"What does a Transmission?" "Why keep it maintained?"

"What does a Transmission?" "Why keep it maintained?"

Your car’s transmission is among its most essential systems. Without a properly working transmission, your vehicle’s engine would not be able to send power to its four wheels.  The gears are among the most critical aspects of a car’s transmission. Both manual and automatic transmissions contain sets of gears. The 6 signs include: strange noises or even grinding coming from the transmission, you experience problems shifting gears, you experience some slippage when shifting gears, unexplained surging of you vehicle, and delay in movement after placing the vehicle in gear. The general recommendation is to flush your transmission every 2 years or 30,000 miles. Fluid Leak. Costs related to repairing your transmission can be as little as $150 or so to replace a defective transmission solenoid and up to $3,000 or more to repair or replace an entire transmission. At Ricks Auto Service, here in Mishawaka, IN, we have a 3year, 36,000 warranty(we stand by our work ... read more

Weather Hazards.

Weather Hazards.

Many schools today were having 2-hour delays because of thick fog.  Fog is another weather-related driving hazard. Temperature conditions in fall increase its likelihood in autumn, especially in low-lying areas, or places surrounded by trees, hills or mountains. Fog not only impairs your vision, it also muffles sound and alters perceptions of distance. If you have to drive in it, drive slowly, taking care not to overdrive your headlamps (never use high beams).-Overdriving your headlights means not being able to stop inside the illuminated area ahead. It is difficult to judge other vehicles' speeds and distances at night. Do notoverdrive your headlights—it creates a blind "crash area" in front of your vehicle. You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area ahead. Sudden, often severe rain storms are a major fall weather hazard. They often come ... read more

FALL ROAD HAZARDS

FALL ROAD HAZARDS

The autumn leaves drift by your window. They also pile up on the roadway. Rain falls. The leaves turn to slimy slick patches that are as dangerous as ice. They obscure potholes, curbs and street markings. Watch for them. On the other hand, if you live in areas of the country that are drought-stricken, avoid parking your car over piles of dry fallen leaves (or any dry foliage). Your catalytic converter could spark a fire. Frost and ice. While September frosts are unusual in most parts of the country, they do happen, particularly in shady spots on roadways. Be especially careful when driving over bridges, which can freeze up faster than the rest of the road because they are exposed from the top and bottom. Fall is deer mating season, so the danger of a deer darting onto a road, especially between dusk and dawn, increases now. Running into a deer will definitely ruin your day and your car. They tend to run in small herds, so if you see one, be alert for more. Allow more distance betwe ... read more

Setting Mirrors-Safety First.

Setting Mirrors-Safety First.

For years, we'd been setting our side-view mirrors so that they gave us a view of the back corner of our cars. This is the way it's been done for generations - from grandfather, to father, to us! But we finally discovered something very interesting. The back corner of the car never moves. It always stays in the same exact place. So there's really no reason to keep an eye on it. By moving the side mirrors farther out, you can line up all three of your mirrors so they have minimal overlap -- and you can see everything behind you and beside you. Here's how to do it. Step 1: Start by setting your rearview mirror as you normally would. Then, lean your head all the way to the left so it touches the driver's window. From that position, set your left side-view mirror so you can see the back corner of your car. Now lean the same distance the other way, and set your right side-view mirror the same way.   Step 2 -- Left Side Mirror Alignment ... read more

Why does my car pull to the left or to the right?

Why does my car pull to the left or to the right?

On a recent phone call one of our customers asked: "Why does my car pull to the right or to the left? Great question! Do you ever feel that your car dragging or "pulling" to the left or to the right?  Vehicle alignment. Alignment keeps your tires parallel with one another and even with the ground. If the alignment is off, it can cause a car to pull. Brake Hose. The brake hose distributes brake fluid to your tires. If it gets clogged, fluid is dispensed unevenly to the tires, causing a car to pull as a result. Tires. Over time your tire tread will wear out. If you don’t help distribute the wear evenly by rotating your tires on a regular basis, one will inevitably wear out quicker than the others. Low tire pressure can also be a cause of pulling. An experienced mechanic can ... read more

Are you ready for Fall Driving?

Are you ready for Fall Driving?

We all know how weather here in the Midwest changes hourly, with fall upon us, (someone did not let Mother Nature know that it starts officially Friday September 22) with weather hitting in the high 40’s at night. We need to give our car some TLC for Fall. Here are 10 practical tips to help get your car ready for fall. Check the brakes and tires.  Inclement weather and associated road conditions and other hazards require good stopping power. That means good brakes and tires. When we change your Oil we do a healthy car inspection that will let us know what you need, for tires and brakes Check the lights. Walk around the outside of the car and check the operation of all lights: headlights, taillights, parking lights, brake lights and emergency flashers( it helps to have someone inside vehicle hitting those lights). Replace all broken bulbs and those that have stopped working. Make sure all lights are clean. Replace wiper ... read more

BAD BALL JOINTS

BAD BALL JOINTS

Proper maintenance and replacement of a car's ball joints is necessary for safety. The front ball joints allow the front wheels and suspension to move back and forth as well as up and down when the steering wheel is turned and the vehicle is traveling over the road. Excessively worn ball joints can break, causing the wheel to collapse(see picture) and control of the vehicle is gone. However, the vehicle typically gives indications that the ball joint is BAD long before a failure of this magnitude occurs. Common signs include clunking noises and excessive vibration from the front and you may start steering to the right or left unintentionally. #maintenance #balljoints #noises

10 terrible mistakes drivers make:

10 terrible mistakes drivers make:

1. Running the tank low on fuel Leaving your tank to get dangerously empty allows the dirt, rust and grime that sits at the bottom of it to get sucked into the system, attacking the fuel pump and filters. 2. Resting your hand on the gearstick Leaving your hand resting with a certain amount of force will make the forks rub against the rotating collar causing unnecessary wear. 3. Resting foot on the clutch pedal Riding the pressure plate against the clutch causes heat and wear – and new clutches don’t come cheap. 4. Revving the engine before it’s warm Just like athletes, cars need to warm up first. When you start the engine, the oil pump pushes oil around the system and this oil takes time to fully circulate. You should leave the engine to run for 10 seconds before setting off. 5. Delaying regular maintenance It might be a pain keeping up with services, and expensive, too, but ... read more