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Category Archives: Automotive

Pick Auto Repair Shop for SUV

It is very helpful to begin your hunt for a reliable auto repair shop before you take your new SUV home with you. This head start will provide insight on what to expect once your SUV requires some professional attention, or it comes time for its factory scheduled maintenance. There will be no surprises; you’ll know exactly who you can call and who you can trust. You won’t have to waste time worrying about finding an honest and dependable auto repair mechanic that is close to home and fits your budget, all within short notice and under duress.

Once you think you have found some good candidates for SUV service and repair, you can dig a little deeper and look for some clues that speak to the character and proficiency of the shop. For instance, look for professional licensing, associations, and similar credentials. Also inquire about the number of years they have been working on car professionally. Look for signs about surcharges, fees, billing, and more, and ask about their billing and fee policy. Inquire about free services, such as estimates or inspections. Look to see if the facility is clean and organized, and if whether or not the staff is neatly dressed and exhibiting positive attitudes.

Aside from your regular scheduled maintenance, there are several other things you can do for your SUV to keep it dependable for years to come. Keep up with regular tire inflation, light inspections, antifreeze refills, coolant refills, windshield wiper refills, windshield wiper replacements, and more. And be sure to drive smoothly and do not abuse the brakes! Good driving practices plus proper maintenance will ensure your vehicle performs safely and efficiently for a long time.

Change Flat Tire

Find a safe spot to pull over. Taking the nearest exit is safest if you’re on the freeway, even with a blown tire (just put on those hazard lights). If getting to an exit isn’t an option, pull as far onto the shoulder as possible and on a straight and flat stretch of road, not on a curve where cars may not be able to see you when coming around. Don’t park in the middle of a curve where approaching cars can’t see you. If you have a manual transmission, leave your car in gear. And don’t forget to set your parking brake!

Turn on your hazard lights. Get the lug wrench, jack, and spare tire from the trunk and bring them over to the tire that is flat.

Loosen the lug nuts with the wrench. “Loosen” is the operative word. Don’t remove the lug nuts yet; just loosen them by turning the wrench counter-clockwise (just remember “lefty loosy” “righty tighty”). If the lug nuts are extra tight, try placing the wrench on the nut and standing on the wrench arm to use your full weight on it. Hitting the wrench arm with a rock is also an option. Note: You may need to remove the hubcap (if your tire has one) to do all this.

Lift the vehicle off the ground with the jack. Consult your owner’s manual for the specific locations to place the jack as different models have different spots. Once the jack is securely in the correct spot, jack up the car until the tire is approximately 6 inches off the ground.

Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off the car. NOW, you can remove the lug nuts. Put them all in one spot so you’re not missing one when you need to put them back on. Then pull the tire straight toward yourself to remove it from the wheel base.

Place the spare on the car. Line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare, and push the spare all the way onto the wheel base until it can’t go any farther.

Put on the lug nuts. But don’t tighten them all the way.

Lower the car back to the ground. Bing the car back down to ground level using the jack and then pull the jack out from underneath the car.

Tighten the lug nuts. Now that the car is on the ground, you can now tighten the lug nuts, but don’t tighten one all the way then move onto the next one. Start with one lug nut, tighten it about 50%, move to the opposite nut and tighten that one about the same amount. Keep tightening opposite lug nuts gradually in turn until each lug nut is as tight as it can be.

Put your flat tire and tools back in your trunk. Be sure you don’t leave anything on the side of the road.

 

Gear Issues on Automatic Car

If you are driving fast on a highway and your car changes to the first gear, you could break the teeth because it cannot handle that speed. The first gear is always bigger in diameter because of the force required to do the initial movement.

The transmission can also experience oil leakage. This fluid looks red. It comes from the filler tube base that is located between the engine and transmission, the drain hole, the selector shaft, or the radiator. No oil leakage is good as it means that there is a hole somewhere allowing air to move into the car. Oil is also the source of lubrication inside the engine and keeps the mechanisms cool.

The filter could get clogged at any time. The filter inside the car keeps the oil clean keeping any dust or particles out of the engine. Oil supplies the car with lubrication so that there is no friction. Friction is what causes overheating and worn out parts. If you are experiencing delayed shifting and oil leaking it is likely that the filter has been clogged. This filter also keeps the dust away from the gearbox whilst it shifts. If you experience delayed shifting it could mean that there is something blocking the system from making smooth motions.

Shifting gears incorrectly can be easily felt. It often sounds like the engine is groaning if it has gone up one gear too many. This will lead to a slow pulling motion which will not allow the car to move faster until it regains its speed again.

Chrysler Ignition Repair

Chrysler motors are pretty awesome with their inventions and innovations, for example they were one of the first to use electronic fuel injection in their cars back in 1957 called “ElectroJector” for their Chrysler 300D, Dodge D-500 and more which was later replaced with a catalytic converter.

They were the first to penetrate the minivan market back in the 70s and the 80s and that’s what actually saved them from bankruptcy. Models like the Grand Voyager and their best ever made model the Grand Caravan generations were the best sellers generation after generation. There are six Chrysler Minivan generations. Which also gave birth to the Dodge Grand Caravan series from the early 2000’s and up until this year 2017. Dodge is always the star of the commercial world. I myself drive it, lots of power!

The ignition:
2008 Chrysler models and on have replaced its mechanical ignition to an electronic ignition key system mounted into the dash. Instead of the typical steering column systems. The new ignition got plenty of attention in 2014 when more complaints started to arrive about faulty ignitions then Chrysler decided to replace the ignitions and not repair them. 2016 and 2017 models don’t have any major report on its ignition yet. Although I did hear about some transmission issues and the new engine 3.6 engine issues lately but no major recalls.

The new ignition system works pretty well, your key is a specially designed remote which acts as a fob key which slides into the ignition slot. Basically like a toy, this remote clips into the ignition and easily switches the ignition on. The 2017 Chrysler ignitions are still the same and new remotes come with plenty of features like 7 button remotes with automatic sliding door control, trunk and remote start. Overall the improvements are great except the remotes tend to wear out quick.

Technicals of a Chrysler ignition:
All major Chrysler brands (Dodge, Jeep, RAM and more) have the same ignition system. Old Chrysler ignitions operate like a typical lock mechanism by sliding the key into the ignition you are compressing the pins to line up on the sheer line according to the key pattern. Then as you wish to turn the ignition, the “side bar” needs to be pressed as well. This sidebar is similar to many US ignitions including GM.

Faulty Brakes

  • Locking Brakes

This is what you experience when the brakes lock when you apply light pressure. This can be a bit scary but the most likely reason for this may be that there is grease or oil on the brake linings. The worst case scenario might be that there are broken components and this could mean that the brakes would fail in an emergency situation.

  • Low Pedal

This is when the brake pedal is low and you have to press really deep for the brakes to activate. The brake pedal may touch the floor in such a case and this could be an issue. It is best to get the brakes checked soonest to identify the problem.

  • Noisy Brakes

If you hear a distant whistling or a type of squeaking noise then it could indicate that the brake pads or linings are worn. This is a warning sign that you need to respond to quickly.

  • Sticking Brake Pedal

If your brake pedal gets stuck when you try to apply pressure to it and it fails to release, it could mean that the master cylinder is faulty. This issue must not be left like this for too long because it can cause serious damage which could lead to expensive repairs and total brake failure.

  • Car Pulls To One Side

If your car pulls to one side when you apply the brakes this could be quite dangerous if you’re driving in heavy traffic. This is, most likely, a brake issue but it could also be related to the tyre pressure. Rather check the brakes before you bump someone’s car.

Car Brakes Squeak

Some of the common causes of brake squeaks in the car are the following:
Rust on the Rotors: This is quite common and it has been seen that disc brakes of car have a tendency to squeak if they are parked out in the open air throughout the night. Most brakes squeak after sitting overnight because the moisture from the rain or dew or condensation collects on the surface of the rotors. When there is moisture on the surface of the rotors, a thin layer of rust forms on the surface. As the rotor turns, the pad scrapes the rust off the rotors and then the rust easily gets caught on the leading edge of the brake pad. The fine particles of rust get embedded into the leading edge of the pad which in turn causes a squeaking sound.

This squeaking sound will continue until the rust is removed from the rotors.

Brake Pads: Another cause of squeaking brakes can be thinning brake pads. This usually happens when the brake pads are worn out and has become extremely thin. In fact, this is an effective warning that the brake pads are in a bad condition and needs to be replaced soon so that it does not cause an untoward incident on the road.

High Metal Content: It has been seen that high metal content in brake pads also cause the squeaking sound. However, it is natural that there is some amount of metal in the brake pads but some of the cheap varieties are manufactured with high metal content. In fact, large chunks of metal are embedded into the pad material. The result is that the large pieces of metal drag on the rotor and causes the brakes to squeak while the car is on the move.

Clean Contaminated Brake Pads

When cleaning the brake pads you can gently wipe away any residue that you can see using a soft cloth. Apply copper slip to the components to seal the damage. Copper slip is used in mechanisms and machines on static parts that should not move. Moving parts include bearings where lubrication is required. Copper slip also helps to prevent the squealing sound when you apply the brakes. It also helps to prevent a seizure. This can damage the system badly causing you to have irreparable brakes and discs.

Once you have applied the copper slip on both parts you should test it to see if your handy work helped. You can drive the car and slow down until you feel it braking hard. It is suggested that you wait for some white smoke to come from the brakes. This means that the excess has been removed thus you no longer have contaminated brakes and you can drive safely.

You don’t have to remove any components in order to apply the copper slip as this would require professional help and tools. It isn’t a necessary step as the copper is there to prevent oxidation.

Never let your brakes get to this point as it could become dangerous. Although your hand brake is present, it shouldn’t be used for this purpose. The hand brake is only to be used in order to stop your car from rolling while parked. If you ever run into a problem like this it is best to undergo brake repairs to be on the safer side.

Information of Auto Glass

• Laminated safety glass-this glass is generally used on a car’s windshield. It is comprised of a couple of pieces of glass that has a slim layer of vinyl. The glass is then heated and pressed together in an autoclave, which is a type of oven. When this glass receives a tough impact it will shatter also but usually the shattered pieces will stick to the vinyl and not fall on the ground.

• Tempered glass-this type of glass is generally used on the side and rear windows. To make tempered glass it goes through a special process. It is heated and then it is cooled quickly. When it receives a tough impact, it will shatter and fall on the ground in little pieces. They do not have sharp edges like broken regular glass.

Auto glass can be damaged when there is an accident and may need replaced but auto glass may need to be repaired or replaced because of other circumstances like gravel thrown up from the road could cause a tiny vein or chip in the windshield. The vibration of the truck, over time, could cause the tiny vein to become larger. Driving with a glass that is damaged is an offense where you would get a ticket in some states.

Take Care of Alloy Wheels

When the car brakes, small fibres from the brake pad will shed and land directly onto the wheel. These fibres become corrosive when exposed to heat. In this case the heat will be caused by the friction of the wheels. You could wash these fibres off using a hose and prevent corrosion by applying a sealant specifically for alloy wheels.

Alloy wheels are quite popular. By cleaning them every now and then, you will keep the value of the car. In general, your car needs to be cleaned because it appeals to the eye of a car enthusiast.

Remember that even though the alloy wheel was made to enhance performance, it still gets scratched easily. To repair this minor disgrace all you need is primer and polish with a bit of tender loving care.

When cleaning your beautiful alloy wheels make sure that you don’t use any chemical that is high in acidity. You also need to avoid using anything steel that can cause scratching on the face.

If you need to clean your wheels do it when they have cooled down and out of sunlight and intense heat. The last thing you want seen is soap marks on the face. Although this may not damage the wheel it does oppose the idea of cleaning your wheels. Always make sure you clean one at a time and do it properly the first time.

Most importantly you have to make sure that you actually clean your wheels during every season. If a specific substance starts to set into the alloy wheels you could be facing a permanent problem of rust. Your alloy wheels are constantly being exposed to dirt and you don’t want that grime to damage its beauty.

Find Great Repair Facility and Mechanic

Start Big And Then Narrow Your Sights
The second thing you must do is try different shops around where you live. In the online world, you can check reviews or forums for other people’s opinions but the simple fact is that you won’t know until you try it. So, once you have decided what standard you have for your vehicle you should pick 3 or more different shops in your area (if there are that many) and take any issues you have with your vehicle to them. Instead of having it fixed at the first shop you try, go to 3 or more shops with the same concern and see what differs between each of them. Each one should have a certain inspection method to look your vehicle over. Find the one that fits your liking the best, and whatever one gives you the best explanation of your concern or issue with the vehicle.

The Most Important Factor
Now that you have an idea of how well they look over your vehicle and how well they can explain what your issues are you can narrow it down by price, personality, professionalism, certifications, or any other attribute that you deem the most important. The original 3 or more choices will more than likely be down to one or two at this point. The last and most important factor in singling it down to that one shop or mechanic can be simply asking the mechanic or manager what experience they have had in the past and where they want to go in the future. Some of the best mechanics or managers I’ve ever met believe in what they are doing as incredibly important and fascinating. These attributes will assure a long-term relationship with the shop or mechanic that will keep your vehicle in great condition for years to come regardless of the issues you come across down the road.