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Transmission is one of the most important mechanical systems. Without a working transmission, your engine would not be able to send power to your wheels. It is highly recommended to repair your transmission if there ever is an issue so your vehicle can remain in great driving shape. Here are some common indicators that your transmission needs repair;
Slipping transmission is the number one sign your transmission needs repair. If you are experiencing automatic transmission slipping, it can feel like your are driving in a certain gear and it suddenly change for no apparent reason. The noise from the engine may also change in pitch or start to sound like it's whining. If you find your car is having trouble shifting, be sure to schedule transmission repair right away.
Along with a slipping transmission, rough shifting is another sign that your transmission is in need of restoration. Some of the sign can include; your car refusing to go into gear or hearing a loud thudding sounds as your vehicle attempts to shift. You may also find it is getting more and more difficult to accelerate your vehicle.
If there are fluid leaking, it is a clear indication that your transmission is having problems. Transmission fluid is in charge of cooling, powering and lubricating your transmission. Without proper level of transmission fluid, the safety of your transmission is being compromised. If you notice a bright red stain underneath your car where you park, have a technician diagnose the issues.
No matter what vehicle you are driving, regardless of the age, make or model, engine problems are sure to eventually happen. Proper maintenance can help reduce the needs for a car repaid; it is not a guarantee that a car will not break down. The more kilometers a car accumulates, the chances of an engine problem increases. Keep in mind that not all engine problems are serious. Often, the cause is something very simple like a dirty air filter or a loose gas cap. Here are some common engine problems your vehicle may face:
Engine Won't Start
A non-starting condition can be a common cause of an engine problem. If there is a clicking noise but the engine does not crack, it generally indicates a battery issue. Here are some common reasons an engine won't start:
- Low or discharged battery
- Starter motor relay failure
- Ignition switch failure
- Defective fuel pump
- Clogged fuel filter
- Be sure to have a certified Technician check your engine if you're experiencing any of these issues.
A low coolant level generally cause overheating. A quick check of the coolant overflow reservoir will indicate if the coolant is leaking. If you vehicle is frequently overheating, it can be expensive to repair, so proper maintenance of the cooling system is important in order to maintain the quality of life for both the coolant and vehicle.
Here are some common reasons for overheating:
- Faulty thermostat
- Dirty or low coolant levels
- Defective radiator cap
- Non-functioning cooling fan
- Kinked or broken radiator cap
It is important to follow maintenance schedule. Services such as oil change, oil and fuel filter replacement and tune-ups are crucial in order to keep a car performing at its peak condition. Small maintenance such as changing the air filter can make a big difference in the vehicle's performance. Proper maintenance will help prevent potential engine problems and breakdowns.
Brake fluid is almost a forgotten fluid for many vehicle drivers; even those who regularly check their engine oil and tire pressure. While brake fluid is often neglected, as the lifeblood of your braking system, it has one of the biggest jobs of all.
Brake fluid transmits the pressure from your brake pedal to the mast cylinder and on to the calipers that clamp the brake pads and stop your wheels. Without brake fluid there are no brakes.
When should you change your brake fluid?
- Although other fluids have expectations as to when a change or flush is required, brake fluid replacement has no standard between manufacturers.
- Replace brake fluid every two years or 40,000 kilometers to prevent brake failure.
- Replace brake fluid anytime a major brake replacement is being performed to ensure the brake system continues to work as designed.
What would you notice if your brake fluid was dangerously low or contaminated with water?
Spongy or dropping pedal ( especially if you're stepping on it several times as you drive down a hill)
High, firm pedal, which is a result of waiting too long for repair and some components have rusted and no longer move
While you are changing your break fluid, you should also learn about changing oil.
If you are having trouble starting your car, or you find that your car is not starting, see if it is because of a faulty battery. A car battery should last you around four to five years. It is not made to hold a charge for that long, so the car's alternator recharges it while you drive.
Signs your battery is dead
- Low humming sound when attempting to start the car
- Multiple jump starts
- Low to no accessory power
- Slow Engine crank
- Battery leak
- Swollen or bloated battery case
- If your battery is experiencing any of these issues, then it is time for a new battery
Factors that affect battery life
Extreme temperature can take a toll on your battery life and its performance. From the hot summer day to the freezing cold winter weather, it can shorten the life of your battery due to more chemical activity inside the battery.
Believe it or not, short trips can affect the battery. Short trips mean the car will not receive enough daily use to fully recharge the battery, so long distance driving can cause your battery to suffer as a result.
A dirty battery wears away faster than a clean battery. Dirt can also cause your battery to loose its juice faster than normal.
If you are having trouble starting your vehicle, here are the steps to jump starting your car.
Noises are part of operating a vehicle, however there are some noises that you should not avoid.
- If you hear any sound when turning a corner it is more likely this is related to the steering wheel. It either needs to be lubricated or is damaged and need replacement.
- If you hear a clunking sound when braking, it could be a brake caliper is damaged, missing or not mounted properly.
- If you hear a flapping sound, it could mean something is interfering with the fan or there is a belt that is disintegrating.
- If you are driving a manual and you hear grinding while shifting, it could be the clutch. The clutch is either worn or requires adjusting. It could also indicate a deeper problem within transmission.
- Hearing any hissing or sizzling sound under the hood when the engine is first shut off, something is leaking. Coolant or oil could be on a heating engine part such as the exhaust manifold or the engine could be overheating.
- If you hear a low pitch humming or whirling sound under the car, it could be for multiple reasons.
- If it changes when you are accelerating, it may need lubricant, the transmission may be falling, the universal joints may be worn or wheel bearing could be shot.
- If you hear a roaring sound that increases with acceleration, the firs thing to check is the exhaust system as it could be damaged. Another issue could be the transmission.
- If you hear any of these noises then have a qualified technician inspect your vehicle to prevent anything harmful happening to your vehicle.
- Remove any previous wheel weights which may be present on the wheel. They complicate the issues and make it harder to balance the tire.
- Place the tire and wheel on the balancer by inserting the shaft through the wheel hub and securing it in place. Make sure the wheel is as centered as possible on the balancer.
- Spin the wheel gently in the balancer. You will notice the heaviest part of the wheel be drawn to the bottom and lightest part to the top. Allow it to settle in that position, and then mark the lightest part on the tire with a piece of chalk. Repeat the process to make sure you've marked the correct spot.
- In order to counter the imbalance of the tire attach wheel weights, adhesive side first to the part of the wheel just below the spot on the tire you just marked.
- Move the wheel so that the weighted part is in the 3 o'clock position. Release the wheel to see if it is balanced. If it rolls clockwise and the weighted position in on the bottom, it means you added too much weight but, if it rolls back up to the top, then you did not add enough.
- Secure the wheel weights to the wheel a little further by using duct tape or similar adhesives. The adherent used in wheel weights is not usually very strong and can use some help in staying where it is supposed to.
- Remount the wheel to the car, make sure the lug nuts are secure
- These are the steps to balancing your tires. Or you can book an appointment with Prima Mazda and let us do the job for you so you can relax.
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