When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

Do you know how many fluids it takes to operate your vehicle properly? Obviously, you need oil and gas. But there are many other important fluids that make it possible to drive your car. You need radiator fluid (antifreeze/coolant), brake fluid, steering fluid, and several others. One of the most important fluids that often gets overlooked is your transmission fluid.   Your transmission fluid needs to be changed, like every other fluid in your vehicle. But how often you need to change it varies on several factors. Many manufacturers recommend flushing your transmission fluid at 100,000 miles. Some companies, like Ford for example, recommends you flush your transmission at 150,000 on some of its vehicles.   However, not everyone agrees with those numbers. Some mechanics think you should flush your transmission every 50,000 miles. And manual transmissions usually follow a different maintenance schedule. So sticking to the owner’s manual is the best plan for manual tra ... read more

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

While a tune-up can mean a number of different things depending on how old your vehicle is, the make and model, and how well you maintain your car - a tune-up is essentially refresher for your vehicle. It will replace necessary parts, clean parts, check fluids, and basically just ensure that your vehicle is running at its best.  Most tune-ups are considered a major service, and are typically needed every 30,000 miles or so. However, there are certain symptoms that can indicate you may be due for a tune-up, especially if you have an older vehicle. Here are some of the main symptoms to keep an eye out for that are indicators that your vehicle needs  a tune-up: Engine misfires Dirty engine air filter Engine carbon deposits Check engine light is on Poor fuel mileage Lack in overall performance Shaking or vibrating at certain speeds  Rough running engine   If you notice any of the symtpoms listed above, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into the professi ... read more

Are Your Wiper Blades Ready for Fall?

Are Your Wiper Blades Ready for Fall? Fall is officially here. For many people that’s a sad time of the year, while others enjoy this season immensely. In any case, like it or not, fall is upon us. And that means it’s time to start getting your vehicle ready for the foul weather that’s coming. There are numerous things to do to prepare for the change of seasons. And here in the Vancouver area, one of the most important things is checking your wiper blades. Signs Your Wiper Blades Need to Be Changed With as much rain as we get in the Pacific Northwest, you can’t afford to be driving around with bad wiper blades. So how do you know when you need to change your blades? Wiper blades don’t have a mileage marker to let you know they need to be replaced. But they do usually show signs of wear that let you know they need to be changed. These are the most common signs that your wiper blades need to be replaced. Damaged ... read more

When Should I Change My Antifreeze?

When Should I Change My Antifreeze? When was the last time you checked your antifreeze? Most likely you never really think about it unless something goes wrong. Your antifreeze is vital to your vehicle’s performance. In fact, without it, your engine would overheat and quit working altogether. So obviously, it’s important to make sure your antifreeze is clean and that you always have enough of it in your cooling system. What Does Antifreeze Do? Just as its name implies, antifreeze protects your engine from freezing up when the weather gets cold. Thanks to this liquid, your engine continues to turn over every time you start your vehicle, even in the most frigid winter temperatures. Nothing is worse than getting stuck in your vehicle somewhere on the side of the road in freezing temperatures. But antifreeze doesn’t just protect your engine from the cold. It’s also what keeps your engine from overheating. Your engine gets hot ev ... read more

Why Does My Car Get Bad Gas Mileage?

Why Does My Car Get Bad Gas Mileage? One of the most common questions our customers ask us is how they can get better gas mileage? Or, why is my car getting worse gas mileage now? With gas prices so high it’s no wonder that so many drivers are worried about their fuel economy. As cars get older, it’s typical for them to get decreased gas mileage. But as long as you take good care of your vehicle, and get regular maintenance, your fuel economy should remain fairly consistent. Most Common Reasons for Bad Fuel Economy That being said, many drivers do experience decreased gas mileage. So why does this happen? Why is your car, truck, crossover, or SUV getting bad gas mileage? Let’s look at a few of the most likely causes and what to do to improve them. Tire Pressure – this seems like such a simple thing. But low tire pressure can play a huge role in your fuel economy. Fortunately, this is a super easy fix. All yo ... read more

Is One of Your Lights Not Working?

Is One of Your Lights Not Working? Remember when cars had simple headlights? They were either square or round and sat in the front grill. They didn’t do anything fancy and they definitely didn’t look fancy. Taillights, brake lights and blinkers were much the same. They had a job to do and that’s all they did. New Wave of Lights Times have changed and vehicle lights have become a lot more sophisticated. Not only do they light up in different ways, but also they have become a major part of car design. They come in all varieties, shapes and sizes. Today’s vehicle lights have a lot to offer compared to lights 20-30 years ago. But they also have become way more complicated to replace or fix, especially on your own. Don’t Wait to Fix it But if a light does go out you need to get it replaced. Driving without proper lighting can be dangerous. Plus, if all of your lights aren’t working correctly, a polic ... read more

Do You Have a Blown Fuse?

Do You Have a Blown Fuse? Have you ever tripped or blown a fuse at home? I’m not talking about when you get really mad at the TV and throw the remote. Or when your kid does something bad and you lose it. I’m talking about those times when lights suddenly go out, or your blender or vacuum quits working. When this happens at home, you usually just have to reset the breaker and the lights come back on, or the blender starts working again. Just make sure you leave the lid on before you flip that switch. That could be a huge mess. Anyway, tripping a fuse is usually not a huge problem. But a blown fuse means you must replace it. The same is true with your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. These tiny little fuses are hidden away but they’re still very important for your car to run smoothly. These fuses help protect your vehicle from overloading or short-circuiting. So what happens when you do blow a fuse? How do you replace it? Why Do Fuses Blow ... read more

Car Warning Signs to Look Out For

After driving your vehicle for a while, you become accustomed to how your vehicle drives. Then comes that one day where you are driving and you notice a strange grinding noise coming from underneath the hood - and you think, oh this can't be good. The great thing about understand how your vehicle is drives is the fact that it will be much easier to notice when something is wrong.  Most vehicle owners will complain about a strange noise, a weird smell, or a lack of performance when they suspect something is amiss with their vehicles. While sometimes the issue can be small or easy to repair, there are certain car warning signs to look out for that can indicate a more dire issue: A grinding or clunking noise coming from underneath the hood - this is an indication of a major transmission problem that should be addressed as soon as possible A screeching or squealing noise when your brake - this can point to needing new brake pads, which is important in order to prevent meta ... read more

How to Diagnose a Mechanical Problem

This new generation of cars is amazing. It seems like every year a new class of cars comes out with newer and better features. Technology is advancing and even the most basic cars now use sophisticated computers to operate. The new advances in auto technology are great and they make life a lot easier. But despite those advances, cars still have numerous mechanical components that break down. And even those most advance tools can’t diagnose mechanical problems. So how does a technician diagnose a mechanical problem? Thankfully, there are other methods to diagnose car problems besides computerized tools. The following “tools” are the most common methods they use. Standard Diagnosing ToolsVibrations & Movements – one way to diagnose mechanical problems is to pay attention to how it feels when you drive it. You mechanic can take your vehicle for a test drive and feel for any strange movements or vibrations. If your vehicle s ... read more

Does Your Muffler Need to Be Replaced?

Have you ever heard a car drive by that is so loud you want to plug your ears? Did you wonder at the time what caused that annoying sound? Well, there’s a good chance it was a bad muffler. When a muffler isn’t working right, that means there’s something wrong with your vehicle’s exhaust system. So if you’ve noticed your car, truck, crossover, or SUV getting louder lately, you might want to check the muffler. Your exhaust system, like every other system, is a very important part of your vehicle. If it’s not functioning properly your vehicle isn’t going to function properly, either. And if you don’t take care of the issues quickly, they could get worse. And that can lead to even more problems, greater damage, and more expensive repairs. So if you notice any trouble signs with your muffler get them taken care of right away. What to Look for There are some obvious signs to look out for if your muffler is having any problem ... read more

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