Posts made in September, 2015

3 Ways You Know Your Transmission Is Giving Out

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Car problems are just a part of life. Although it would be nice to have a well working car for years, it is inevitable that even the best cars will end up having some sort of problem eventually. One thing that you should always be on the lookout for is transmission problems. The transmission is one of the most expensive things to fix, which is why it is best if you can catch it early so that you can prepare for the replacement or transmission repair, and hopefully avoid major problems with the car. Here are a couple signs that your transmission is failing. 1. There Is A Grinding Noise When You Shift One of the earliest things you will notice is a grinding noise when you shift gears. Since the transmission is primarily responsible for helping the gears shift from one gear to the next, if it is starting to fail, you will notice that it is working extra hard to do this. You might hear an actually grinding sound as you shift, or it could just be a delayed sound when you shift from one gear. A great way to test this is to turn off all sounds in the car then shift the car between neutral, reverse and drive, listen closely to see if there is any noise. If there is, you may want to take it to a mechanic. 2. The Gears Are Delayed A sign that your transmission is even more in danger is if the gears are actually delayed. As you shift from one gear to the next it should be immediate. There should be no lag time between each gear. If you have to shift a couple times to get the car to take the gear shift, then you have a problem. This will be most obvious as you shift from park to reverse or into drive. 3. There Is Pink Fluid Leaking From The Car Lastly, you should be on the lookout for fluid leaking. Generally a car shouldn’t have any fluid leaking from it. If the fluid is pink then you know that your transmission is starting to give. Until the transmission is actually gone, you should keep replacing the fluid. The transmission needs to be well lubricated or it will give out sooner. Just keep transmission fluid in your car and check the levels every time you fill with gas, maybe even more, to ensure that you have plenty of fluid. By knowing what to look for you with your transmission you can catch the problem early...

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Foggy Headlight? How To Bring Brightness Back After Oxidation Sets In

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have noticed one of your vehicle’s headlights do not appear as bright as the other when driving at night, and it looks glazed when observing it from outside your vehicle, it most likely has become oxidized from the ultraviolet rays of the sun shining upon the polycarbonate it is made from. Oxidation cloudiness can be remedied with a few household supplies and a bit of time if you do not wish to foot the expense for a new headlight. Here are some instructions for you to follow when clearing up a foggy headlight on your vehicle. Materials You Will Need Bucket of soapy water Non-abrasive sponge Painter’s tape Garden hose Brick-sized block of wood Course, medium, and fine-grit sandpaper Spray bottle Microfiber cloth Rubbing alcohol Headlight polish Remove All Debris Before you attempt removing the haze on your headlight, it needs to be completely clear of any type of debris on its surface so you can sand it down without obstruction. Dip a non-abrasive sponge into a bucket of soapy water and use it to remove all grime from the headlight. Rub off any caked on dirt or dead insects then rinse the headlight thoroughly using a garden hose. Place your vehicle in a sunny area to dry. Sanding With Dry Sandpaper Use painter’s tape to cover the metal around the headlight so you do not accidentally sand your vehicle’s paint job. Wrap a piece of coarse-grit sandpaper around a brick-sized block of wood. This gives you stability as you sand the surface of the headlight.  Scrape a two or three-inch area of your headlight with the sandpaper. Sand this area for ten strokes and then change the direction you are sanding. Sand for another ten strokes and change the direction again. Do this over and over, changing the direction you are sanding, until the entire headlight is free of pitted areas. Polish the headlight using a piece of microfiber cloth. Sanding With Wet Sandpaper Your headlight will have a frosted appearance after using the coarse-grit sandpaper. Place your medium and fine-grit sandpaper into your bucket of soapy water to soak. Wrap a piece of wet medium-grit sandpaper around the block of wood. Collect some of the soapy water in your spray bottle.  Spray your headlight with the soap mixture and sand the headlight for ten strokes using the wet sandpaper. Spray the headlight again and change the direction in which you sand. Repeat until the entire headlight has been sanded, spraying the headlight before changing the direction in which you sand. Repeat this process again with the fine-grit sandpaper. Finishing The Job After you have finished sanding your headlight with both dry and wet sandpaper, place a dab of headlight polish on a piece of microfiber cloth. Rub this into your headlight several times in one area, pushing the cloth in the same direction over and over, in the same way you had while you were sanding. Use a dry piece of microfiber cloth to remove excess headlight polish. Repeat this process many times, by changing the direction you are...

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Why Your Car Has Engine Problems After Being Washed

Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Every day, people across the country get their cars washed, and nothing bad happens. However, if you’ve ever had your car washed and then noticed that your engine is sluggish, making strange noises, or the check engine light comes on, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, while most cars can safely go through car washes without a problem, there are times where your engine can be damaged by a car wash. This guide will explain what might be going on with your engine, and what you can do to fix the problem and prevent it in the future. A Little Water is Generally Safe For Engines Car manufacturers know that people want to be able to drive their cars in all kinds of environments, whether it’s raining, snowing, or hailing. Since these are all possibilities, engines are designed to withstand exposure to water, providing your engine isn’t caught in floodwater or otherwise submerged. In fact, some people even wash their engines to clear away debris and the grunge that accumulates from exhaust. However, cars don’t have an airtight seal protecting the engine from anything getting in, so there are times where even a little water can harm the engine. What Might Be Causing The Problem A little water generally won’t hurt your engine, but there are a few ways that it can. Exposed wires, circuits, or spark plugs that are exposed to water can develop shorts, misfire, or completely fry, leaving your engine in bad shape or even non-functional. If your check engine light is on, consult with your manual to find out what the signal means. For example, a blinking light might indicate that there’s a major engine misfire, whereas a solid light means that there’s a more minor problem occurring. What To Do If your car is acting up after going through a car wash, you must get to a mechanic immediately. Continuing to drive your car for extended periods of time while the engine misfires, or electrical wiring is shorting can cause serious damage to your engine and car. By getting to a mechanic sooner rather than later, you may be able to prevent a large bill for serious mechanical failures. Prevention in the Future Thankfully, your mechanic will not only fix the damage, but also make sure that everything is properly closed up to protect the sensitive components of the engine from water damage. However, if you really want to be sure that you don’t have this problem in the future, consider avoiding commercial, automated car washes. Instead, wash your car by hand, and take special care to avoid getting water under the hood. You can hire someone to wash your car, but take it to a professional where the engine won’t be running while it’s cleaned. If there are exposed parts, allowing the moisture to evaporate before turning on the engine may prevent damage. Cars are designed so that something as simple and commonplace as a car wash doesn’t damage the engine, but sometimes it happens anyway....

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3 Winter Tips for Protecting Your Brakes

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

There are a lot of things to love about the winter season, but you probably already know that many things need more maintenance during this time of the year. For example, your car’s brakes can be at a greater risk of wear and tear during the winter, and the last thing that you probably want to worry about when battling the snow and ice is dealing with faulty brakes. Here are a few tips to help you keep your brakes in good shape all winter long. 1. Deice Your Driveway There are a lot of reasons to deice your driveway this winter, such as the fact that your tires could slide or that you could fall and get hurt. However, you might not have thought about your brakes when thinking about deicing your driveway. If you aren’t careful, however, the snow and ice could build up on your driveway and your brakes. The water could cause warping and corrosion, along with other issues. If you keep your driveway deiced, this shouldn’t be something to worry about. 2. Keep Your Car Clean The last thing that you probably feel like doing when it’s so cold outside is washing your car. However, the ice, snow, and rock salt can build up on your brake pads and cause additional wear and tear, or it can even prevent your car from stopping when you need it to the most. This is why it’s critical to spray off your car regularly during the winter months, and you should pay attention to your brake pads and the undercarriage of your vehicle. Along with preserving your brakes, you can also help prevent rust and other issues by spraying your car off often during the winter. If this isn’t something that you can bring yourself to do when it’s cold outside, consider taking your car through an automatic car wash instead. 3. Have Your Brakes Checked During the winter, you should have your brakes checked every time that you have your oil changed, if not more often. It’s best to catch problems with your brakes as soon as they happen rather than waiting until they are more serious, especially when you are dealing with cold weather conditions. Brake pads don’t cost much, and it’s better to have them replaced too often rather than not often enough, especially when you are going to be driving in the ice and snow. For more information, talk to a professional like Twinsburg...

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