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Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance

Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance

CAR TROUBLE, please have it checked out immediately. When you do that you will be able to prevent any huge damage to your car. There is a reason why the safety system in your car is installed. The system is there to inform you of any problems of mechanical failures your car is having. CAR REPAIR and MAINTENANCE is important. By following preventive maintenance measures, you are able to save time, effort and money. Getting your Engine checked regularly, it’s good to remember that the engine is the heart of the car; busted engine, your car is useless. Don’t forget your transmission, otherwise you may stuck somewhere you would rather not be! Brakes should also be part of your basic car maintenance, remember maintenance of your brakes is an important safety reasons. Low brake fluid levels can cause soft brake pedals. Regular Mechanical inspection should be done and not just a visual inspection of your vehicle, since many components of your car cannot be inspected visually ... read more

Car Exhaust Leak Symptoms

Car Exhaust Leak Symptoms

EXHAUST SYSTEM What is it? There are no moving parts, but your exhaust system is one of hardest worked parts on the car. It is a series of pipes linking the engine to a muffler and a catalytic converter which performs the following functions; Controls noise. Directs poisonous gases produced in your engine away from you and your passengers and safely out the tailpipe. A poorly functioning exhaust system means lower fuel efficiency, decreased power, and could even lead to costly damage down the line. A malfunctioning exhaust system could mean that those toxic emissions are being piped into your vehicle, where they can do serious damage to your health. Here are some symptoms of a bad or failing exhaust: 1.Excessively noisy engine, one of the first symptoms, it’s a hissing or tapping sound coming from the engine. It may be more pronounced during a cold start. 2.Decrease in power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency-the decreased performance may be minor at first b ... read more

COOLANT

COOLANT

  Coolant As the name implies, coolant, aka #antifreeze, keeps your car running cool. If you ever run low on coolant, your car's probably going to overheat. The coolant  is inside your radiator and you can typically check it by simply removing the  #radiator cap when the car is cool (never check it when it's hot or your car is running) and looking inside. Once you remove the cap you should see a line the coolant should come up to. If it's low, you can add more, but make sure you add the same type of coolant currently in the car. How often to check it: At least twice yearly: once before summer and again before winter But it's easy enough to glance at whenever you pop open your hood. How often to replace it: Every 2-3 years. Most coolants lose their anti-corrosive properties after two years, but anytime you see rusty fluid instead of green, red or orange, it’s time for a c ... read more

ARE YOU WINTER READY?

ARE YOU WINTER READY?

WINTERIZE YOUR CAR Here are 6 areas that will help you move into winter seamlessly: Belts & Hoses—Make sure your belts & hoses are checked for wear, cracks and proper tension before winter hits. Lighting—We’ve talked about importance of making sure all your lights are replaced. Keeping the head & tail lenses free of dirt, helps the person see you coming. Battery – Have your Auto Repair Specialist(Ricks Auto Service-Mishawaka) test your battery and remove corrosion built-up from the posts and cables. Emergency Kit – Always be prepared!! Check the Tires – is the tread worn and uneven? Replace tires as needed, also make sure tires are properly inflated. Wipers – Being able to see out your window during snow and sleet, is a key component to safe driving. Your wiper blades should be replaced each year, sooner if you notice streaking, smearing or they are squeaking you may need to change sooner #Maintenance #Emerge ... read more

TRANSMISSION FLUID

TRANSMISSION FLUID

    The days of periodically checking your #transmission #fluid level by pulling a metal dipstick from a tube alongside your engine are rapidly coming to a close. Many of the New vehicles are doing away with the transmission dipstick and easily accessible tubes for adding fluid to your car’s transmission.    One of the main reasons is that the customer can damage their transmission by overfilling or putting in the wrong transmission fluid. The fluids for your vehicle are specific formulas to match the precision internal components of modern transmissions. Using the wrong fluid can cause the transmission to fail long before the car’s new car warranty expires.    The manufactures in an effort to protect themselves have made it difficult to service your own transmission.    Having said that, your transmission fluid still breaks down, it gets dirty, and still needs to be changed. By not getting your transmission routinely serviced can ... read more

Checking the Engine Oil

Checking the Engine Oil

Starting with Engine Oil Chances are, the first thing you ever learned about on your first car was how to check your oil. You have to do this in every car and pretty much every car has the same basic process to check it. Every car though has it in a different place, so double check your manual if you can’t find it. In most cars, you just need to pop up your hood, find the oil dipstick, pull it out, and wipe it down. Repeat that again and you'll have your oil level. If it's in the safe level, continue on your merry way. If it's not, you need to add more(make sure you know what type of oil you should be adding). Depending on the age of the car, you may or may not need to add oil pretty often. If your car burns through a lot of oil, it's worth going to a mechanic. How often to check it: It was once recommended that you check your oil every time you fill up with gas, but with most modern cars you're safe checking it once a month. H ... read more

#TuesdayTravelTip

#TuesdayTravelTip

For our #TuesdayTravelTip: With #Daylight savings just around the corner Sunday November 5th, 2017(remember spring forward---Fall back turn clocks back an hour). You still have time(pun intended) to get those headlights checked out, with the days getting even shorter, and we have longer darker hours. Driver vision is compromised at night, negatively impacting depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision. Making sure your headlights are maintained is an important maintenance step to take. ·         Replace before burnout: Headlights can dim over time, so replacement before burnout is suggested. The lifetime of a halogen bulb is around 500 to 1,000 hours. ·         Always swap in pairs: It’s very important to replace headlights in pairs. Since headlights dim over time, a new bulb paired with an old bulb creates an un ... read more

"What does that Brake Noise tell you?"

"What does that Brake Noise tell you?"

“What does Brake Noise tell you?” Ever wonder "what that Noise is when I brake?" Is it a grinding noise? That can tell you that possible rust is building up on the rotors. Caught soon enough and the rust can be removed and grinding noise stops. If the grinding persists, that could indicate a more serious problem and should not be ignored. Are your Brakes making loud squeals? Disc Brakes have a wear indicator, as it wears down it starts squealing which tells you to change the pads. What about trace squeaks or squeals? Semi-metallic brake linings can emit sound. If rain, humidity or cold first thing in the morning, brakes cn make that sound. As with the other sounds don’t ignore if it continues during the day, have the brakes checked out. Are the Brakes making a Clicking sound? This also may be accompanied by a slight pulsing in the brake pedal at low speeds. It could very likely be the Ant-lock Braking System performing a harmless self-check. Quick revie ... read more

Changes in your everyday driving that could save you $$$.

Changes in your everyday driving that could save you $$$.

Here are some ways in everyday driving that you can damage your car: 1.You’re not giving your car enough time to warm up. The oil which is necessary to prevent wear on between moving parts,doesn’t work as well when it’s cold. 2.You’re shifting into drive while the car’s still rolling backwards. I admit I’ve done that myself, the problem with this, while it’s not a major issue when going very slow, it still stresses the #transmission parts. Easy fix: when backing out of a parking spot put your foot on the brake and allow your car to come to a complete halt. Then shift the car into drive and head out. 3.You’re filling your radiator with nothing but water. The #coolant also, prevents corrosion, besides just cooling your engine. Galvanic corrosion(you have iron, steel, aluminum, etc.) the different metals tend to react with each other, can ruin an engine as you put miles on your car. If you have good antifreeze it stops corrosion, so u ... read more

ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM

ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM

From the radiator to water pump your cooling system keeps your car running down the road. Driving your car, your engine produces lots of heat, and keeping that heat in check is the critical job of the cooling system. The cooling system is comprised of the following parts…. Water Pump, Radiator, Thermostat, Hoses, & Coolant. Common Problems cars have with the cooling system. Broken Hoses, Broken fan belt, faulty radiator cap,  water pump failure & Head gaskets of course with every day wear these items will break down. But Preventive Maintenance can save you $$$, by taking a little extra time and regular visits to your favorite mechanic(Rick’s Auto Service in Mishawaka) . Let your mechanic know if there is leaking, overheating or any coolant leaks. Check all belts and hoses regularly. (at oil change is a good time). Adjust as needed. Change your coolant every 2 - 3 years depending on the manufacturers recommendations. You can check the free ... read more