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Mishawaka Auto Repair

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Monthly Archives: October 2016

"Why do my brakes pull?"

"Why do my brakes pull?"

“Why do my brakes pull to the right or left when I brake?” Are your “rotors” worn or warped? That can cause car to vibrate when you brake, sometimes it may even pull to one side. Do you from a visual inspection see and grease or oil present? Check both sides. Worn or warped rotors: Worn or warped rotors can cause the vehicle to vibrate when the brakes are applied and in some cases the car will pull to one side when braking. ... Collapsed brake hose: A brake hose that has collapsed can cause calipers to move unevenly, also causing the vehicle to pull to one side when braking. --How are the tires are they wearing evenly and what is the overall condition? --Are the tires inflated the same and to specifications. --What about the brake pads are they worn evenly? --The rubber brake hoses that connect to the calipers they should be inspected. Call us at Ricks Auto Service here in Mishawaka In, we do a free brake inspection, Let you know the problem and fix it ... read more

Changing Weather Conditions.

Changing Weather Conditions.

Did you know that driving on wet leaves can be dangerous? Read on. Wet or frozen leaves can reduce your cars’ traction, which causes skidding or losing control of the leaves. Often the leaves can cover painted road markings, making it hard to know where the lanes are. Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves, especially when driving around turns. Allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency. Keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you. Leaves make it difficult to see potholes and bumps in the road. A pile of leaves raked to the side of the road is an inviting place to a child. Children enjoy jumping into the leaf piles or burrowing down into them and hiding. Never drive through a leaf pile. Use caution going around turns and where children are playing. Keep your windshield leaf free to avoid wet leaves getting stuck under the windshield wiper blades. In order to avoid the possibility of a fire hazard from the exhaust system or ... read more

"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
... read more

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