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Signs That You Need a Transmission Flush

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Transmission fluid is a lubricant and a coolant that allows your transmission to function smoothly as you drive. Over time, this fluid can break down and accumulate dirt and debris that affects its performance, reducing your gas mileage and putting your transmission at risk for damage. While most manufacturers recommend transmission flushes every 60,000-100,000 miles, stop-and-go traffic or trailer hauling can change the timetable on which you need a flush. Your Tucson auto specialist can help you develop a personalized schedule for transmission and other automotive services to keep your car running like new.

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Problems Shifting or Staying in Gear

Any time you have problems shifting from one gear to another, it’s time to see your auto mechanic. Poor-quality transmission fluid is often the root cause of trouble shifting, as dirty fluid can cause your engine to respond sluggishly when shifting or allow gears to “slip” when the pressure necessary to maintain each gear cannot be properly generated. In most cases, a transmission flush is a simple solution that will solve these problems to improve your driving experience and safety while on the road.

Transmission Noises

Grinding and other noises emanating from your transmission are typically due to one of two problems: insufficient transmission fluid or dirty transmission fluid. If you encounter transmission noises while driving, it’s a good idea to stop and check your transmission fluid color and level. An insufficient level of transmission fluid could mean you have a transmission fluid leak—you’ll need your mechanic to address the leak before adding more fluid to the vehicle. If your transmission fluid appears dark brown or black, you’ll need a transmission flush to replace the dirty fluid with fresh product to restore proper function.

Automotive Recalibration Center is pleased to be your one-stop shop for personal vehicle and fleet repairs and maintenance in Tucson. Please call us today at (520) 433-4147 to discuss your automotive repair needs, or to schedule your next vehicle maintenance visit.

Determining When It’s Time for a Brake Service

Monday, August 17th, 2015

You rely on your brakes every time you drive to bring your car to a stop. Thus, properly maintaining your brakes is extremely important for your safety and that of the other cars on the road every time you get behind the wheel. Brake service should be a part of your regular automotive maintenance plan; however, if you notice brake issues between maintenance visits, schedule an inspection and repairs promptly.

ThinkstockPhotos-85449838Your Brake Pads Are Worn

Most automotive brake systems incorporate brake pads, which provide friction against the wheels to slow your car when you hit the brakes. Over time, these brake pads are worn away; when they are too thin or completely gone, your brakes won’t provide adequate friction and your car’s braking ability will decline. You can quickly and easily check the status of your brake pads by looking between the spokes of your wheels to find the metal rotor. Beside the rotor is a metal caliper, and between the rotor and the caliper is your brake pad. Brake pads should be at least a quarter of an inch thick—if you think your brake pads are thinner than a quarter inch, schedule replacement service.

Your Brakes Squeal or Grind
When they’re in good shape, your brakes should make no noise at all. Thus, brakes that make squealing or grinding noises are in need of professional attention. In most cases, squealing and grinding mean your brake pads have worn too thin to do their job properly and require replacement. Schedule this service promptly, as a lack of brake pads can quickly cause further damage to your wheels or brake system, while also affecting the time it takes your car to come to a stop when you press on the brakes.

At Automotive Recalibration Center of Tucson, we are dedicated to providing top-quality vehicle repair and maintenance services for safety, comfort, and longevity. You can reach us by phone at (520) 433-4147, or visit us online for the answers to your automotive repair questions.