The Difference Between a Fluid Change and a Transmission Flush

transmission flushCar owners need to change their transmission fluid at the intervals specified in their vehicle user manual. Do you need a fluid change or a transmission flush? The two terms aren’t interchangeable, and most auto repair services offer both. We’ll explain the difference.

Fluid Change

A fluid change is more generally known as a transmission service. Under this process, a mechanic replaces the filter and drains the pan. However, not all of the fluid drains out. Some still remain inside the cooler lines and torque converter. As such, the new replacement fluid mixes in with the old. A mix of new and old oil, though, is still better than running purely on the old fluid.

Nowadays, most auto services drain the fluid multiple times to remove as much of the old and contaminated fluid as possible. Continue Reading →

The Signs of a Car Exhaust Leak

car exhaust leakA car exhaust leak is dangerous. Aside from operational issues, it also creates a major safety hazard by releasing toxic and odorless fumes into the cabin. Do not hesitate to bring your vehicle to an auto service if you suspect a leak.

3 Signs of a Car Exhaust Leak

Lower MPG

A leak causes engine pressure fluctuation. This affects the oxygen sensor and in turn may decrease the total MPG by two to three miles.

Louder Engine Noise

Does the vehicle sound louder than usual when you accelerate? The increased engine roar may sound nice, but it’s having a negative effect. This is likely an indication of a leak near the exhaust manifold. Continue Reading →

Is Mixing Tires a Good Idea?

mixing tiresYou will need to replace your car tires eventually. This leads to multiple questions: Is mixing tires a good idea? Should I replace all four even if only one or two are worn? We’ll provide answers to ensure you have the right tires for your type of vehicle.

Mixing Tires Is Not a Good Idea

Mixing tires is generally a no-no. Do not mix tires of different sizes, internal constructions, or tread patterns. Also, do not mix winter with all-season tires. If your car contains the relatively new run-flat tires, do not mix them with non-run-flat ones. Mixing tires affects the car’s traction, control, and stability. Continue Reading →

Traffic Rules For Driving Behind a School Bus

driving behind a school busSummer is winding down. Schools in the Kent area will resume within a few weeks’ time. This means the roads will be dotted with school buses. Traffic rules are very strict regarding driver behavior when driving behind a school bus. The road rules are simple, but many commuters pay heavy fines because they drive past a bus when they’re supposed to stop.

Behind a School Bus? Follow These Laws

If the lights in the rear and front of the bus are flashing red, and a stop sign pops out from the side of the bus, then you must stop. Period! This applies to ALL cars behind the bus regardless of the lane. Sometimes, the flashing lights will flash yellow before turning red. This is a warning for you to prepare to stop. Continue Reading →

Does Your Car Have Low Engine Oil Pressure?

Low Engine Oil PressureCar oil lubricates the various engine components. Lack of oil or poor oil quality can cause the parts to rub together, causing friction and overheating. If the engine oil pressure is low, then that means the engine is not receiving sufficient lubrication.

What Causes Low Engine Oil Pressure?

1. Lack of Oil

Since oil is changed only every 3,000-5,000 miles, people often forget about it completely, failing to take action until a problem arises. Be sure to change the oil at an auto service according to the vehicle’s user manual. Continue Reading →

Why Your Car Needs a Spare Tire

spare tireMost modern vehicles no longer contain a spare tire. While alternatives are available, we still recommend having a spare tire in the trunk as an added safety measure. Summer, after all, is just right around the corner; this is the season of tire blowouts.

Why Cars No Longer Have a Spare Tire

Most car manufacturers no longer include a spare tire to keep the weight down. The extra tire, along with the required jack and wrench, adds an additional 30 to 50 pounds to the car. The spare is also placed below the undercarriage of the car. Keeping that space open reduces air drag, thereby increasing aerodynamics.

Hybrid cars are also more common today. Hybrid models usually have less trunk space because the battery and electric components take up that space. This leaves even less room for the spare. Continue Reading →

Does Synthetic Oil Really Improve Car Longevity?

synthetic oilWhat is with all the hype behind synthetic oil? Does it really enhance engine performance and prolong the car’s life? We’ll explain how synthetic oil is made and whether it’s really superior to conventional motor oil.

Synthetic Oil: What Exactly Is It?

Synthetic oil is a lubricant made from artificial chemical compounds. This is different from regular motor oil, which is normally derived from crude oil. The synthetic variety is produced by altering the compounds of conventional motor oil or other naturally-occurring raw materials.

How Is Synthetic Oil Better?

Synthetic oil is thinner and more adept at resisting temperature extremes. You may not notice an improvement in your car’s performance, but it certainly helps reduce oil degradation, thereby reducing engine wear.

Synthetic oil also doesn’t break down as quickly as conventional motor oil. This may increase intervals between oil changes. The age-old wisdom is to change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, synthetic oil may be able to extend that interval anywhere from 7,500 to 15,000 miles depending on the model. For other cars, the typical 3,000 to 5,000 miles may still apply. Continue Reading →

Why Your Car Needs an Oil Change

oil changeOil acts as the main lubricant for the moving parts in your car’s engine. It prevents the mechanical parts from undergoing excessive wear and tear. Its function is crucial to the smooth operation of the engine. So keeping the right amount of oil in the engine is important for ensuring that your car is continues to run properly.

Purpose of Motor Oil

Motor oil reduces the level of friction between the various moving parts that make up the engine. If friction between these parts becomes too much the parts will heat up, swell and bind. Good lubricants help keep the engine‘s temperature under control.

The oil continuously circulates throughout the engine. The oil filter helps to remove impurities that have been created during combustion. Continue Reading →