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How to Stay Safe During a Roadside Emergency

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

When driving down the highway, you’ve likely seen the occasional car stranded on the side of the road. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think much of it and keep driving. However, you’re never more than one auto malfunction away from being a stranded motorist yourself. For safety’s sake, it’s important to prepare yourself for the possibility of a roadside emergency.

Pack a Roadside Emergency Kit

Consider keeping a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. Your kit should have a first-aid kit, a hazard triangle, jumper cables, and a flashlight. It’s also a good idea to have a bunch of basic tools, including a set of wrenches, a pair of pliers, a tire gauge, and a jack and lug wrench. Since you may have to spend a cold night in your car, you should consider packing gloves, a stocking cap, and an emergency blanket.

Make Your Vehicle Visible

Once you detect that your vehicle is slowing down or otherwise malfunctioning, gently steer it off the right side of the road. Next, you must find some means of making your vehicle more visible to other drivers. If you have a hazard triangle, warning light, or flare, place it a few dozen feet behind your vehicle. If you don’t have any of these items, your vehicle’s hazard lights will suffice.

Remain in Your Vehicle

Unless you’re fairly confident in your ability to address your vehicle’s malfunction, you should call roadside assistance and wait in your car with the door locked. This is the best way to ensure your safety. You should be cautious of anyone who approaches your vehicle—even if he or she is just trying to help. Only accept help from others if you cannot call for professional help.

After your roadside ordeal, consider bringing your vehicle to Automotive Recalibration Center of Tucson. Our automotive repair experts can address your vehicle’s malfunction and help prevent it from happening again. No problem is too big or too small for our technicians.

Sounds That Indicate Your Car Needs Serious Repairs

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Like thousands of other Tucson residents, you probably rely on your vehicle almost every day. It needs to be in top shape so you can commute to work, drive the kids to school, and run various errands. If your vehicle starts making one of the below noises—or any unusual noises—it’s important that you take it to an experienced automotive repair shop in Tucson. The sooner you go in for repairs, the less your repair bill will be.

Grinding

Grinding is one of the most common signs of a transmission malfunction. If you hear a distinct grinding noise while shifting your manual transmission, it might mean that your clutch is worn. Hopefully your clutch only needs to be adjusted or replaced; however, you should be prepared for a more substantial repair job.

Banging

A heavy clunking, banging, or knocking sound is definitely cause for concern. It could be something as innocuous as a spark plug malfunction or something as serious as a dislodged component. Either way, you shouldn’t wait for the banging sound to disappear—take it to an auto expert as soon as possible.

Rattling

Rattling may indicate a problem with your vehicle’s camshaft belt, which is responsible for ensuring the proper opening and closing of your engine’s valves. While your vehicle may function tolerably well with a problematic camshaft belt, it’s only a matter of time before you experience total engine failure.

Squealing

There are several reasons why your vehicle might make a squealing noise. If you hear a squealing noise while accelerating, it’s likely because you have a loose fan belt. Squealing brakes indicate that the brake pads are worn and need to be replaced. Do yourself a favor and take your car in before any more problems crop up.

Automotive Recalibration Center is a high-quality Tucson automotive repair center with a team of professionals who can address any problems with your vehicle. We’ve been repairing Tucson vehicles since 1977, and we’ll gladly take a look under the hood of your car. Don’t put yourself in danger—schedule a service appointment with us today.