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Signs and Symptoms of a Failing Transmission

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Your car’s transmission directly affects its performance. If you notice signs of a failing transmission, it’s important to schedule repairs as soon as possible. Continuing damage to your transmission can raise the cost of repairs or even cause extensive damage to your car’s engine.

Sticky Shifting or Slipping
If your manual transmission sticks or refuses to respond to the clutch, it could be a sign of transmission troubles. Alternatively, a failing transmission can also cause your car to “slip” out of gear at any time, risking damage or injury if you can’t get enough power to the wheels when you need it. Even if sticking or slipping gears are simply an annoyance, prolonged operation in the wrong gear can damage your engine as well as the transmission. You should have any car that won’t change or stay in gear checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.

Burning Smell
If you notice a burning smell when operating your car, it could be due to an overheated transmission causing the fluid that acts as a lubricant to burn. When the moving parts in your transmission get too hot, they can easily be damaged, leading to extensive repairs or replacement. Schedule a visit to your automotive repair specialist at the first sign of a foul odor from your car.

Noisy Operation
Your car’s transmission is designed to operate smoothly and quietly when it is in good repair. Hearing noises in any gear—including neutral—is a sign that adjustments or replacement parts are needed to maintain proper function. Because noisy operation can be a symptom of many issues, your mechanic is the only one who can determine the source of the sounds.

Are you concerned about your engine, transmission, wheels, or any other aspect of your car? You can get help from the Tucson auto repair experts at Automotive Recalibration by calling (520) 433-4147 to schedule automotive maintenance, repairs, and fleet management in Tucson. Check out our website to find out more about our team, our services, and our dedication to excellence.

A Look at Some Common Car Maintenance Mistakes

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Maintaining your car will keep it running efficiently for years to come. Preventive maintenance can also protect your car against damage caused by unaddressed wear and tear. However, even the most well-meaning car owners can make mistakes when it comes to regular maintenance. Keep reading to find out the most common car maintenance mistakes and how your automotive repair specialist can help you avoid them.

Ignoring Tire Inflation and Rotation

Proper tire maintenance is integral to the efficiency and safety of your car. Tires that are under- or over-inflated affect vehicle performance, causing poor fuel efficiency and handling problems. If your tires have not been rotated regularly, they will display uneven wear and require replacement much sooner. Talk to your automotive mechanic to find out more about how to check your tire inflation levels and when they should be rotated.

Ignoring Oil Requirements

The number of miles your car can go between oil changes will vary depending upon the type of product you use. While conventional oils still require changing every 3,000-5,000 miles, synthetic oils may last 10,000 miles or more. Talk to your mechanic to make sure you understand the product used and when your next oil change should be scheduled. You can also ask about products that might provide more benefit for your car as well.

Ignoring Noticeable Changes

Whether you notice a reduction in wiper blade performance or suddenly squeaky brakes, one of the worst car maintenance mistakes you can make is ignoring changes in your car. Any factors that affect your car’s performance should be addressed sooner rather than later. Scheduling repairs promptly is the best way to maintain your car and prevent accidents that could affect your safety of the safety of others on the road.

The Tucson auto repair specialists at Automotive Recalibration are here to help you maintain your car for safety and performance. Contact us today by calling (520) 433-4147 to speak with an experienced mechanic. You can find out more about us and get the answers to your automotive questions on the Web.